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Marvel at the deep gorge canyons, rushing rivers and lush aspen forests of the Continental Divide
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Highlights

  • Explore Colorado’s stunning Rocky Mountains on a biking adventure
  • Cruise on bike trails from Aspen to Breckenridge, visiting five iconic ski towns along the route
  • Marvel at the deep gorge canyons, rushing rivers and lush aspen forests of the Continental Divide
  • Ride the scenic Rio Grande Trail to the invigorating hot springs of Glenwood Springs
  • Enjoy firepits, hot tubs and gourmet breakfasts at charming B&Bs and boutique inns

Bike from Aspen to Breckenridge along a network of bike paths for the ultimate cycling adventure in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Starting in Aspen, home to the iconic Maroon Bells and Elk Mountain Range, bike the Rio Grande Trail along the Roaring Fork River to Glenwood Springs. Discover the 1300-foot cliffs, Colorado River and colorful native wildflowers of Glenwood Canyon with an out-and-back ride. Explore Vail’s notable ski resort and European-influenced community before biking up Vail Pass and down the Ten Mile Trail to Copper Mountain and Frisco, the gateways to Summit County. Conclude your Colorado tour with a pedal along Lake Dillon to Keystone and Breckenridge, indulging in the summer sun, laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountain range.

At night, relax with a craft brew and enjoy the patios of local pubs and breweries in celebration of each epic day.

Day 1: Arrive Aspen 

Welcome to Aspen and the start of your biking adventure! Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the year-round outdoor activities and attractive small-town living make this mountain town a perfect jumping-off point.


Overnight: Aspen


Day 2: Discover Aspen

Today, head into town to take a ride in the gondola or roam the cozy homes, leafy streets, specialty shops and homey cafes of downtown. Keep your eyes peeled for distinguished Aspen-dwellers like Kevin Costner, Jack Nicholson and Goldie Hawn roaming the brick boardwalk, where 300 days of sunshine and the laid-back lifestyle continue to be irresistible to actors, artists, intellectuals and adventure-seekers from near and far.  


Overnight: Aspen


Day 3: Bike to Glenwood Springs

In the morning, enjoy a gourmet breakfast before heading into town to pick up your week’s bike rental. Pack a day pack and fill up your water bottle before waving adieu to Aspen. Enjoy a winding ride through town before intersecting with the Rio Grande Trail, a 42-mile continuous stretch of multi-use trail connecting Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Soak in the striking scenery of the Elk Mountains as you cruise this easygoing trail along the Roaring Fork River and through the outskirts of Carbondale. Tonight, head to the nearby Glenwood Hot Springs, a thermal bath sanctuary tucked into the serene mountainside, for a relaxing soak in mineral hot-spring pools.


Bike Aspen to Glenwood Springs: 42 mi. (+141/-2244ft.)


Overnight: Glenwood Springs


Day 4: Bike Glenwood Canyon & Transfer to Vail

Today, enjoy a beautiful bike ride along the Colorado River and through the stunning Glenwood Canyon and back. This canyon is considered one of the most scenic natural features in the region, and it serves as an iconic landmark for passengers traveling via railroad. Revel in this fun and dramatic ride past the rushing waters, Yarrow wildflowers, and towering canyon walls of the White River National Forest.


Continue around Horseshoe Bend and Hanging Lake Park before reaching East Trailhead, the turn-around point of today’s ride. Return the way you came for a different and equally exciting perspective of the deep gorge, keeping eyes peeled for herds of Colorado big horn sheep roaming the craggy peaks and folds. Back in Glenwood Springs, enjoy lunch and a private transfer to Vail (approx. 1 hour). Upon arrival, check into your hotel and explore Vail Village and Lionshead, two town plazas full of luxury shops, award-winning restaurants and beautiful landscapes. 


Bike: Glenwood Canyon: 35 mi. (+1991/-1949ft.)


Overnight: Vail


Day 5: Bike to Frisco

Gear up for an exhilarating bike ride from Vail to Frisco, including a ride over Vail Pass! Starting in Vail, enjoy a gentle ride along a frontage road, weaving through the golf course and ski resort before connecting to the separated bike trail for an ascent up Vail Pass. Located at 10,662 feet, this 8.7-mile climb from East Vail (+1,834 ft. elevation gain) is a popular activity for cyclists throughout the summer and fall. Take a picture from the top to commemorate your achievement before interlacing with the Ten Mile Recreation Pathway for a well-deserved coasting ride down to Copper Mountain and Frisco.


In Frisco, enjoy a spa treatment or the firepit of your B&B before heading into town for a craft brew at one of the local breweries, a classic Colorado tradition.


Bike: Vail to Frisco: 30 mi. (+2700/-1791ft.)


Overnight: Frisco


Day 6: Bike to Breckenridge

Explore Summit County with a lovely bike ride connecting Frisco, Keystone and Breckenridge. From Frisco, pedal around the glistening waters of Lake Dillon to Keystone. Stop over in Keystone to grab lunch before continuing along Snake River Trail, Swan Mountain Road and back onto the Recreational Pathway to Breckenridge. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range, Breckenridge is a carefree ski town famous for its year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush history.


Upon arrival, lockup your bike on Main Street to roam the shops, galleries and eateries that line this lively mining town for a taste of authentic mountain life and culture. Check into your overnight B&B for a hot tub soak and peaceful slumber, the perfect conclusion to your weeklong adventure. 


Bike: Frisco to Breckenridge: 27 mi. (+1299/-778)


Overnight: Breckenridge


Day 7: Onward Travel

Depending on your travel arrangements, enjoy a stroll around town or a nearby hiking trail for a final stretch before departure.


 




Accommodation

We specifically hand-pick your accommodations in comfortable and charming B&Bs and boutique hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay while biking Colorado.  


All accommodations are located along the bike route and offer a warm welcome to tourists and cyclists. Additionally, each offers individual character and welcoming hospitality.


Single Rooms & Solo Travelers

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.


If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (a solo supplement is required).


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and ranges from buffet style to ordering off a set menu. Most breakfasts include a hot dish (eggs, pancakes or waffles), coffee, tea, yogurt, granola, fruit and baked goods.


Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip, so you can choose from nearby options. For lunches, you can find cafés or restaurants located in towns along the biking route, or you can purchase a packed lunch or picnic from a local market to take with you. For dinner, you can dine at local restaurants all within a short walking distance from your night’s stay.


Extra Nights

You can easily request to add extra nights during this itinerary. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.



 

 

 




Hearthstone House

The Hearthstone House offers guests a charming, intimate setting within the heart of Aspen. This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Bed and Breakfast has plush amenities and the finest furnishings, so guests feel comfortable relaxing in the luxurious surroundings of Aspen. Enjoy breakfast alfresco, wine and cheese by the fire, relaxing in the herbal steam room or soaking in the hot tub under the stars.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Best Kept Secret

Set in the quaint Victorian home built in 1914, this small B&B is in the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs and only a mile away from the hot spring pools. Indulge in the ambience of this relaxing experience, where everything is simple, clean and nurturing to make your stay in Glenwood Springs especially memorable.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Austria Haus



Austria Haus

Inspired by the authentic, family-run ski chalets of the Austrian Alps, Austria Haus hotel has welcomed guests since the mid-60s with its unique blend of Western hospitality and European charm. With no two rooms alike, this boutique hotel is ideally situated on the banks of Gore Creek, just a quick stroll to the heart of Vail Village.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Frisco Inn on Galena

Discover the perfect mountain getaway at the Frisco Inn and Spa on Galena. This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, bed and breakfast, and spa offers exceptional hospitality, service, amenities and dining. With a quiet, yet central location, relax, reconnect, recreate, and rejuvenate within the rooms and patio of this premier lodge.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Fireside Inn

Situated in a 19th-century clapboard house, enjoy a night’s stay in this family-run B&B located a few blocks from Main Street and a short walk to the BreckConnect Gondola. Appreciate the finer things in life with quaint, individually decorated rooms, antique furnishings, a wood-fired hot tub and daily gourmet breakfast.

Availability

This trip is available to start on a Friday or Saturday from June to September.


If you have specific dates in mind or desire extra nights at specific locations, please inquire during booking, as some recommended B&Bs and boutique hotels fill up on the weekends or require a two-night minimum around peak summer months, holidays and festivals.


We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates. 


When To Go?

The best time to visit southwest Colorado is July through September for clear skies, warmer temperatures and summer events.


June is also a great month to visit (depending on the winter season), as wildflowers are in full bloom and fall foliage is at its peak.


Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily rides will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is recommended as cell service in the Rocky Mountains can at times be spotty.


You will be provided with local bike shop information in addition to 24/7 telephone support from Macs Adventure should you require assistance.


Experience, Fitness & Grade

This tour is graded easy to moderate, with four days of biking and a maximum distance of 42 miles. Daily rides are between 27-42 miles (4 hours) along paved separated bike paths. When entering and leaving towns, expect to bike along two-lane backcountry and frontage roads, with minimal traffic.


The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.


Some sections of the separated paths are shared use trail, travelers are expected to see pedestrians, cyclists and runners. Bicyclists should also be prepared for riding along narrow curves, steep inclines and on the rare occasion, slick pavement (due to rain or snow melt).


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a packing list on what to bring. This includes warm and cold weather gear, cycling equipment, rain gear and lots of other specifics.


Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items for a comfortable trip. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.  


Bike Rental

Bike rental is included in the cost of this trip. Bike rental includes a full carbon Specialized Roubaix or Ruby road bike with Shimano Ultegra components and electronic shifting (outfitted with a helmet, lock and repair kit). If desired, a Specialized comfort bike or electric bike is available at an additional charge. We recommend renting clipless SPD pedals or bringing your own, but avoiding flat pedals often used for cruising or biking shorter distances.


Please supply us with your height and the frame size you currently ride during booking.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

Getting to Aspen

You can fly directly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, located about ten minutes from  downtown Aspen via taxi.


Denver International Airport has flights from both international and national destinations. Upon arrival, you can take the Epic Mountain Express for a shared shuttle from DIA to Aspen. The Epic Mountain Express leaves approximately four times each day and includes door-to-door service (approx. $92-$120 per person, shared shuttle, reservations recommended, not included).


Getting from Breckenridge

Epic Mountain Express offers a shared shuttle service from Breckenridge to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport and from Breckenridge to Denver International Airport almost every two hours, each day (approx. $62-$100 per person, shared shuttle, reservations recommended, not included).


If desired, we can easily add-on shuttle transfers, or offer our own travel advice during booking.


Getting Around

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.


Included

  • 6 Nights at hand-selected charming B&Bs and boutique hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Daily door-to-door luggage transfers
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App for mobile phone
  • Turn-by-turn route notes
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 US telephone support

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Transfers to Aspen
  • Transfers from Breckenridge
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips

Extras

  • Extra Nights in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Vail, Frisco and Breckenridge
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Supplement
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

How do I get my rental bike?

Your rental bike will be arranged through a local bike shop at the starting point of your trip. We will set this up ahead of time and provide all necessary details, including where to leave your bike at the end of the trip, in your pre-departure information packet.

How does the luggage transfers work?

We have arranged for your luggage to be transferred from your accommodation (as per your itinerary) and moved to your next overnight accommodation. Luggage will be picked up from the front desk or reception area around 10:00AM of each day and dropped off at that evenings accommodation by 3:00PM. For overnights within the same accommodation, enjoy keeping your luggage with you within your room. We ask you to limit your luggage as much as possible and with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per person.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

The great thing about this itinerary is that you will cycle point-to-point, including a shuttle from Glenwood Springs to Vail, thus covering a large amount of ground within the Colorado Rocky Mountains. However, if you are not up for biking the entire route, you can stop at any town along the way, or completely avoid the entire route, by joining the morning luggage transfer to the next town/accommodation. Due to being a high tourist destination, local taxis and car services are available to call within each town. If you are in need of local taxis, we will be more than happy to help, or you can ask any restaurant, hotel or visitor center on route. Specifics can also be found in your pre-departure information packet.

What do I do if I become ill during my trip?

This trip allows for plenty of flexibility, so if you're not up for riding, that's ok. If you need medical services, you'll find information in your pre-departure information packet or you can ask for assistance at your B&B or hotel. As always, 24/7 support from Macs Adventure is only a phone call away.


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