Colorado the Beautiful
Born and raised in Colorado we could not agree more with Stephanie Pearson at Outdoor Magazine. We have some of the best memories of exploring Colorado with our family and friends. From climbing nearly all of Colorado's passes during Ride the Rockies, adventuring with pops to remote places around Pitkin, CO or just poking around the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado is nothing sort of majestic.
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A Southern Colorado loop where you can rough it in a yurt and throw one back in Durango.Bomb down epic singletrack, play in Class IV whitewater, and take in Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot vistas on this 500-mile multisport tour of a lifetime.
Packing List: Your entire gear closet, a big roof box, a GoPro
Highlights: Start this odyssey by playing in the four brand-new features in downtown Durango’s Animas River Whitewater Park. Then head east to soak away shoulder burn in Pagosa Springs’ 22 pools (from $25) and cool off with a Skallywag pale ale at Riff Raff Brewing Company.
Near 10,857-foot Wolf Creek Pass, take a mile-long hike to the Pass Creek Yurt, which sleeps six, comes stocked with firewood, and is the ideal base camp for hiking and mountain-biking the Continental Divide Trail ($139 per night). At Great Sand Dunes National Park ($3 entry), rent a sandboard to descend 750-foot Star Dune ($18), then go north to Salida to raft 20 miles of Class III-plus through Browns Canyon ($86; noahsark.com). Crash at the three-bedroom cabin at Creekside Hot Springs in nearby Nathrop, which has a private pool next to Chalk Creek (from $295).
In bike-crazy Gunnison, try some of the 44 miles of singletrack trails in the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, then stay at Three Rivers Resort, where you can rent a cabin or lodge room and step outside the door to cast a fly in the world-class Taylor River for trophy brown, rainbow, or cutthroat trout (from $65).
Wrap up the trip by heading south from Montrose on Highway 550 for a jolt of Rocky Mountain highs at 11,099-foot Red Mountain Pass before coasting back through the San Juans to hit all five craft breweries in Durango. Bed down at the Strater Hotel, a four-story Victorian built in 1887 (from $192).