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    Estes Park – Mt Evans – Summit County – Vail – Glenwood Springs – Aspen – Independence Pass – Denver. Our biking tour of some of the best of Colorado, with iconic rides around Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt Evans, and Independence Pass, hiking and riding from Aspen to the Maroon Bells, an afternoon and evening at the 4 Eagle Dude Ranch, and hot springs and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. This 9 day adventure showcases the many highlights of the Rocky Mountain State. We will be on the bikes for 6 ½ amazing days of road riding and ride some of the very best trails of Colorado. We will hike to the Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake, and have a chance to test the whitewater rafting at Glenwood Springs. So what are you waiting for – this is one of The Rocky Mountain Region’s best adventures!

    Day 1: Arrival Day and transfer to Estes Park

    Arrive at Denver Airport where our team will be waiting for you. The drive to Estes Park takes approximately 1 ½ hours. There are no activities planned during the day, plenty of time for you to relax and recover a bit from the journey. In the evening we will meet for dinner and an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and the rest of the team.

    Included Meals: Dinner

    Overnight: Estes Park

    Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park to Nederland to Idaho Springs Total Cycling: 97 km

    After breakfast we shuttle to the summit of Trail Ridge Road in the adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park for some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies and a thrilling downhill into Estes Park. We continue from Estes Park on the spectacular Peak to Peak Highway through Nederland, our lunch stop, and end in Idaho Springs, where we’ll have time to visit the Indian Hot Springs. Dinner and a well deserved rest.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Idaho Springs

    Day 3: Mt Evans Downhill, Loveland Pass to Summit County, Vail Pass Total Cycling 101 km

    We start at sunrise for the climb to Mt. Evans and a thrilling 28 mile downhill back to Idaho Springs. The reward for our early start will be the potential to see lots of wildlife on the way up and down from the peak. We get breakfast after coming back into Idaho Springs, and then load up for a transfer to the top of Loveland Pass, atop the Eisenhower Tunnel. From Loveland Pass, we descend into Summit County with sweeping views of Lake Dillon, the Ten Mile Range, and make a short hop over Swan Mountain Road for Breckenridge, our lunch stop, and a visit to the National Historic District and this most popular of USA ski resorts.

    After lunch we ride back along the shores of Lake Dillon, to the historic mining town of Frisco, where you’ll have the choice to end your ride, or continue over Vail Pass and our last stop in Vail.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Vail

    Day 4: Vail to Wolcott, 4 Eagle Ranch Cycling: 40 km

    Morning at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Vail Village

    After lunch in Vail, we ride out to beautiful 4 Eagle Ranch for an afternoon/evening of fun and activities, including trail rides, skeet shooting, horseshoe pits and we end with a dinner at the Trading Post. Transfer back to Vail.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Vail

    Day 5: Dotsero to Glenwood Springs cycling through Glenwood Canyon Cycling: 26 km

    Today we transfer to Dotsero where we begin our ride through spectacular Glenwood Canyon, following the Colorado River for the whole route into Glenwood Springs. We arrive in Glenwood Springs for lunch at our hotel. Afterwards we’ll have the option to join a whitewater rafting tour down the Colorado River. Or, relax with a soak in the world-renowned Glenwood Hot Springs!

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Glenwood Springs

    Day 6: Glenwood Springs to Aspen Cycling: 64 km

    Today we ride directly from our hotel out of Glenwood Springs down the Rio Grande Trail along the banks of the Roaring Fork River and through the beautiful valley of the same name. With spectacular views of breathtaking Mount Sopris on our right, this is a wonderful journey to Hollywood in the Rockies, world-famous Aspen, Colorado. We arrive around lunch at our hotel in the National Historic District, and make a short ride around this beautiful mining town established in the 1800’s. You’ll have free time to look around Aspen in the afternoon, and then enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the town!

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Aspen

    Day 7: Aspen to Maroon Bells Cycling: 24 km

    Today we ride out of our hotel in Aspen to the Maroon Bells, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains.

    Here you can explore a glacial valley surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, view vast fields of wildflowers, and be close to Nature. The Maroon Bells form a backdrop that epitomizes what the Rocky Mountains are all about. Mirrored in the waters of Maroon Lake, the Maroon Bells tower like massive sentinels over the valley. At the end of the ride, we go for a short hike of 1.5 miles to Maroon Lake, and then afterwards, we ride back to Aspen.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Aspen

    Day 8: Independence Pass to Historic Leadville and return to Frisco Cycling: 111 km

    Our last day cycling the Rocky Mountains

    We transfer up to the magnificent splendor of Independence Pass and then start a long descending ride past beautiful Twin Lakes and through the Historic Town of Leadville, one of the main centers of the Colorado Gold Rush Era of the 1800’s.
    We end our ride back in Frisco, where we leave our bikes and head back into Denver for our last overnight in Colorado and Farewell Dinner.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Denver

    Day 9: Journey’s End

    Today is departure day and there are no activities planned. Take the shuttle to the Denver, Colorado airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

    IMPORTANT! Please note that the itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guideline only. Each day may vary due to the cycling times of the group, weather and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of BikeTourKorea and your guides.

    Fixed Departures:

    June 11-July 19, 2015

    Private Departures:

    Private departures are possible at additional cost.

    Custom Departures:

    Do you have another Colorado location that you would like to visit? Is this tour too easy or too hard? We are flexible and can work with you to create your custom dream tour.

    Contact us for more information regarding Tour Availability, Private Departures, and Custom Tours.

    Prices from: $2699USD per person, based on double occupancy
    Single supplement: $800USD

    Included:

    All transportation listed in itinerary including arrival and departure transfers
    VIP airport arrival assistance
    8 nights lodging, 2 per room in comfortable 3 star hotel
    6 guided full day bike tours and ½ day guided bike tour (Glenwood Canyon)
    Rocky Mountain National Park bike tour with separate bike guides
    Included Meals: 8 breakfasts | 7 lunches on bike days | 8 dinners
    While riding we provide trail snacks, fruit, drinking water, and lunch
    Local guides
    Korean to English translation guide
    Entrance to Indian Hot Springs, Idaho Springs
    Entrance to Glenwood Hot Springs

    Not Included:

    Travel Insurance
    Personal drinks at meals
    Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
    Personal expenses (eg. laundry, minibar, etc)
    Tips for staff and guides
    Airfare to/from Denver or Colorado
    Any item not mentioned as included

    Visa: Check with your local US consulate to verify requirements for your country. A valid passport is required for entry into the USA.

    Trip Insurance: We recommend you purchase travelers insurance as soon as you have booked your tour, as some travelers insurance policies must be purchased within 10 days of booking. Our preferred vendor is Travelex.

    Ride Level: Moderate. The terrain is mountainous, high altitude, and will require some biking fitness. However, there is always a support van following us if you need to get in and rest, so this tour can accommodate both intermediate and expert riders.

    Number of Participants: Min. 10, Max. 20 participants.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made in writing. The date we receive the cancellation letter determines the applicable cancellation charge.

    Cancellation fees are as follows:

    Booking date to 60 days prior to departure – 10% of total trip cost per person;

    59 to 30 days prior to departure – 50% of total trip cost per person;

    29 to 0 days prior to departure – 100% of the total trip cost per person.

    If air flights are included, there are no refunds once the air portion has been ticketed.

    Please refer to the “fine print” for a complete list of terms and conditions.

    Changes: We reserve the right to alter the itinerary details, published times, and accommodations due to weather, local conditions, organization necessity or safety concerns.

    Photos of Colorado

    Photography on Tour

    All the images on this page were captured by Master BTC Guide and Trainer Steve Zdawcynski who is from Colorado. This tour guarantees great photo opportunities, and Steve will be available for photography questions and tips throughout the tour.