Durango, Colorado is proud to host the 35th annual Ride the Rockies cyclist event from June 14th – 19th, 2020. Riders come from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries to ride in this non-competitive event, which is open to cyclists of all ages.
The tour route changes each year, and this year it will start and end right here in beautiful Durango, Colorado, one of the state’s most popular outdoor recreation and tourism destinations. This year’s Ride the Rockies route is a loop, beginning in Durango and going clockwise, including Cortez, Norwood, and Ouray, along the most scenic areas in all of Colorado. This ride is a breathtaking, 6-day, 418-mile adventure, offering challenging uphill sections, like Lizard Head Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, and Coal Bank Pass, which together account for the bulk of the route’s 28,484 feet of climbing.
During the Ride the Rockies course, take in the spectacular scenery, rolling along the banks of the Animas River, wind through Southern Ute Tribal Land, and venture deep into the San Juan Mountains. This year’s Ride the Rockies will truly be the bike ride of a lifetime.
Coming to Durango to cheer on a cyclist? Planning to extend your stay for a fun getaway? Have an extra day or two to make time for some outdoor activities? Well, whether you are into the history and culture, outdoor activities, arts and entertainment, or shopping and relaxing, there is so much to do in Durango. You can ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, take an exciting raft trip on the Lower Animas River, go rock climbing, or explore the historic town’s with a history tour and later enjoy one of our award-winning restaurants, boutiques, shops, and art galleries.
Mesa Verde National Park is close by and near Cortez. It is the largest archaeological preserve in America of Ancestral Puebloan sites and cliff dwellings.
While in Norwood, explore the La Sal Mountains to the west, the Uncompahgre Plateau to the North, and Lone Cone Peak to the south. Norwood is Colorado’s best kept secret, and is also a “Dark Sky Community,” making stargazing incredible.
Be sure to soak in the hot springs while in Ouray. Or, simply gaze at the majestic mountains surrounding you. Ouray is known as the Little Switzerland of America, and is truly the Gem of the Rockies.
Combine your lodging with an activity (or two) and save with one of our discounted packages. Call 800.828.4228 for more information or help with lodging, activities and packages. We’re always happy to help!
Hope you all enjoy Ride the Rockies!