2018 Great divide colorado alpine guided tours adventure cycling association

Between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, we’ll meander through a mellow mountain landscape before descending, seemingly forever, to the Colorado River at Radium. It’s one of the most dramatic dives on the entire Great Divide Route. We’ll also ride through the bustling resort area of Breckenridge before ascending Boreas Pass. The last day’s ride into Salida follows a twisty doubletrack that offers incredible views across the Arkansas River Valley to some of the most spectacular 14ers in Colorado. A shuttle will return participants and their equipment to Steamboat Springs at the end of the tour. Day 1

Steamboat Springs, 0 miles. We’ll meet in the fun-hog haven of Steamboat Springs, where we’ll have a map meeting, orientation, and get our bikes ready to go.


You can get to know your tour leader and your fellow cyclists as we divvy up groceries and cooking gear, and for anyone who needs to make a last-minute fix to their touring steed, there are plenty of bike shops in Steamboat. Rest up tonight — we’ve got a lot of great riding in the days ahead! Day 2

Steamboat Springs to Lynx Pass, 40 miles. Today’s ride finds us winding through the streets of Steamboat Springs and past Howelson Hill, home of one of the first ski jumps in the U.S. We will exit the town and ride along the Yampa River and through Stagecoach Lake State Park before we begin our climb up to Lynx Pass. As you near the top of the pass, look to the right to see a place where the mesa has slumped off. If you are feeling adventurous, you can ride to the edge of that slump after setting up camp in primitive Lynx Pass. Day 3

Lynx Pass to Kremmling, 40 miles. Today we will climb the final few feet to the apex of Lynx Pass before crossing a highway and a river crossing — you might want to take your shoes off for that — and we’ll then begin an amazing descent to the Colorado River at Radium. This is a popular rafting jump-off point, so be sure to take a look at the rafters before remounting your bike for a couple of deceptively steep climbs. Today we are back in civilization in the town of Kremmling. Be sure to ride around the town square before heading over to our campground and showers at the edge of town. Day 4

Horseshoe Campground to Heaton Bay, 29 miles. Yesterday’s mellow day was just a preamble for today, as our first order of business is to tackle Ute Pass. There was some mining in recent years at the pass, so we’ll transition to pavement for a fast descent and some beautiful views of the Gore Range to the west. We’ll turn south on CO 9 and become reoriented to traffic as we ride to the town of Silverthorne, home of outlet malls and fast food. Riding past, we’ll go to our campground for the night on the shores of the Dillon Reservoir. Day 6

Heaton Bay to Selkirk, 28 miles. Today we’ll continue heading south, riding along the shores of Dillon Reservoir before taking the bike path to Breckenridge. Here we will find Boreas Pass Road, and ride along the old railroad grade all the way to the top of the pass, where we leave the treeline behind and visit the ruins of what was once the highest-elevation post office in the U.S. That distinction is now held by Leadville, one ridge to the west of us. We’ll descend the other side partway to the primitive and remote campground for our overnight location. Day 8

Selkirk to Hartsel, 28 miles. Today’s ride takes us down the south side of Boreas Pass to the old railroad town of Como. There is a small eating house in town, the ruins of a railroad turntable, and not much else. But that is the way of South Park, which we will be riding through the rest of the day. Hartsel, our stop for the night, has a tavern and a convenience store. Day 9

Hartsel to Salida, 48 miles. Today we continue through South Park, making a gradual climb to the rim and a huge descent into Salida. Along the way there are sweeping views of a number of peaks in the Collegiate Range, and we’ll end up riding in the Arkansas River Valley, a rafting enthusiast’s nirvana. The trout aren’t so bad either. We’ll have dinner out tonight after settling into our RV Park campground for the night. Day 10

Between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, we’ll meander through a mellow mountain landscape before descending, seemingly forever, to the Colorado River at Radium. It’s one of the most dramatic dives on the entire Great Divide Route. We’ll also ride through the bustling resort area of Breckenridge before ascending Boreas Pass. The last day’s ride into Salida follows a twisty doubletrack that offers incredible views across the Arkansas River Valley to some of the most spectacular 14ers in Colorado. A shuttle will return participants and their equipment to Steamboat Springs at the end of the tour. Day 1

Steamboat Springs, 0 miles. We’ll meet in the fun-hog haven of Steamboat Springs, where we’ll have a map meeting, orientation, and get our bikes ready to go. You can get to know your tour leader and your fellow cyclists as we divvy up groceries and cooking gear, and for anyone who needs to make a last-minute fix to their touring steed, there are plenty of bike shops in Steamboat. Rest up tonight — we’ve got a lot of great riding in the days ahead! Day 2

Steamboat Springs to Lynx Pass, 40 miles. Today’s ride finds us winding through the streets of Steamboat Springs and past Howelson Hill, home of one of the first ski jumps in the U.S. We will exit the town and ride along the Yampa River and through Stagecoach Lake State Park before we begin our climb up to Lynx Pass. As you near the top of the pass, look to the right to see a place where the mesa has slumped off. If you are feeling adventurous, you can ride to the edge of that slump after setting up camp in primitive Lynx Pass. Day 3

Lynx Pass to Kremmling, 40 miles. Today we will climb the final few feet to the apex of Lynx Pass before crossing a highway and a river crossing — you might want to take your shoes off for that — and we’ll then begin an amazing descent to the Colorado River at Radium. This is a popular rafting jump-off point, so be sure to take a look at the rafters before remounting your bike for a couple of deceptively steep climbs. Today we are back in civilization in the town of Kremmling. Be sure to ride around the town square before heading over to our campground and showers at the edge of town. Day 4

Horseshoe Campground to Heaton Bay, 29 miles. Yesterday’s mellow day was just a preamble for today, as our first order of business is to tackle Ute Pass. There was some mining in recent years at the pass, so we’ll transition to pavement for a fast descent and some beautiful views of the Gore Range to the west. We’ll turn south on CO 9 and become reoriented to traffic as we ride to the town of Silverthorne, home of outlet malls and fast food. Riding past, we’ll go to our campground for the night on the shores of the Dillon Reservoir. Day 6

Heaton Bay to Selkirk, 28 miles. Today we’ll continue heading south, riding along the shores of Dillon Reservoir before taking the bike path to Breckenridge. Here we will find Boreas Pass Road, and ride along the old railroad grade all the way to the top of the pass, where we leave the treeline behind and visit the ruins of what was once the highest-elevation post office in the U.S. That distinction is now held by Leadville, one ridge to the west of us. We’ll descend the other side partway to the primitive and remote campground for our overnight location. Day 8

Selkirk to Hartsel, 28 miles. Today’s ride takes us down the south side of Boreas Pass to the old railroad town of Como. There is a small eating house in town, the ruins of a railroad turntable, and not much else. But that is the way of South Park, which we will be riding through the rest of the day. Hartsel, our stop for the night, has a tavern and a convenience store. Day 9

Hartsel to Salida, 48 miles. Today we continue through South Park, making a gradual climb to the rim and a huge descent into Salida. Along the way there are sweeping views of a number of peaks in the Collegiate Range, and we’ll end up riding in the Arkansas River Valley, a rafting enthusiast’s nirvana. The trout aren’t so bad either. We’ll have dinner out tonight after settling into our RV Park campground for the night. Day 10