There are three one day options for the 2020 Ride The Rockies, all great rides. You will be treated to the same route support and fun at the festive finish lines!
Prologue Ride – Saturday, June 13, 2020
Durango to Pagosa Springs
62 or 79 miles/3,470’ or 4,750’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Southern Ute Reservation, Navajo Reservoir, Chimney Rock National Monument
Route opens: 8:00am
Route closes: 1:30pm
This is a very special fundraising ride for the Denver Post Community Foundation. Limited riders.
Riders seeking a little extra challenge (and an amazing finish) should sign up for the Ride the Rockies Prologue, which starts in downtown Durango and heads east toward Pagosa Springs. In between is an ever-rolling route through the scenic Southern Ute Reservation, past the shimmering waters of Navajo Reservoir, and underneath the shadow of the famed Chimney Rock National Monument.
Just past Chimney Rock, before the route turns onto US160, riders will have a choice: jump in a luxury shuttle for the final 17 miles or keep pedaling all the way to the end. Either way, your final destination is the famed Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs where you’ll enjoy a gourmet meal and VIP access to the hot springs. It’s the perfect way to start a great week on the bike.
Sunday, June 14 – Durango Loop
73 Miles/3,634’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Animas River, Southern Ute Reservation, La Plata Mountains
Registration opens at 6:00am at the La Plata County Fairgrounds
Route opens: 7:00am – 9:00am
Route closes: 4:00pm
The 2020 Ride the Rockies kicks off with a classic Durango-area excursion. Known locally as the Ignacio-Bayfield Loop, this 73-mile jaunt features mellow country road spinning, a handful of short, but tough climbs, and miles of superb scenery. After rolling south out of Durango, the route traces the shores of the Animas River before turning east for the first real test of the day. After crossing US550, you’ll gain a rapid 500 feet as you climb onto the plateau that’s home to the Southern Ute Reservation.
Following a half dozen miles on the flats, the route drops into the town of Ignacio where you can top off bottles and grab a snack. Then begins the long gradual climb to the route’s high point near Lemon Reservoir. The toughest section comes just after turning onto County Road 240 (around mile 55). There you’ll face a 2.5-mile grind that averages 5 percent and gains 570 feet. Once over the top, the road trends downhill for the next 8.5 miles, though there are a few short stingers to keep you honest. The last of those pops brings you up to the Edgemont Ranch area around mile 67. From there it’s a straight, fast downhill back into Durango.
Thursday, June 18 – Ridgway Loop
50 Miles/4,196’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Ridgway State Park, Uncompahgre Plateau, San Juan Mountains
Registration opens at 6:00am at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center and Fairgrounds
Route opens: 7:00am – 10:00am
Route closes: 3:00pm
You’ll get to enjoy a little extra sleep on the morning of Day 5, as we’ll be spending two nights in Ridgway, meaning you don’t have to pack your bags just yet. Instead, get ready for an adventurous 50-mile loop that starts with a leisurely bike path spin northward into Ridgway State Park. The route then merges onto US550 northbound before turning southwest at the tiny town of Colona.
Now the real work begins, as riders will face a gradual 10-mile climb on County Road 1, which includes 6.5 miles of packed dirt road. But the pain of climbing will be offset by the ever-improving views, first of the sprawling Uncompahgre Plateau, and then the looming wall of the distant San Juan Mountains.
Just after returning to pavement, buckle up for a rollicking twisty descent, and then an easy roll across the valley to CO62. From there it’s back up to the summit of Dallas Divide (you can now brag that you’ve climbed both sides), and finally an easy descent back to Ridgway and the finish.