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Aspen Colorado Bike Tour

Fall under the spell of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Aspen is one part luxury getaway and one part outdoor paradise. Join us for an incredible trip through a bicycling mecca, surrounded by impressive natural beauty. The mountain's world-class ski slopes make it one of the premier destinations in the winter, while the high-alpine passes, serene valleys, and sun-drenched wildflowers make it a cyclist's dream destination in warmer months. This is truly a vacation of a lifetime, based out of one premier hotel in downtown Aspen, that includes stellar rides among the red and gold aspen trees. Then, relax and enjoy this chic getaway and all its charms, along with the foodie destinations that set the standard for high-end dining around the world.

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$3299 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Indulge at an exclusive luxury resort perfectly located near downtown Aspen and within walking distance to acclaimed restaurants and stores
Ride right into a ghost town and explore Aspen’s silver mining history
Conquer one of America’s highest paved roads, Independence Pass
Enjoy hiking through Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America
Delight your palate with the fresh, organic restaurants that make this town a foodie's delight
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Aspen offers a fantastic mix of riding with truly unforgettable scenery. We are so excited to offer a trip that shows off the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
-Susy, Trip Designer

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Welcome to your adventure in high altitude! Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at The Gant luxury resort at 11:00 AM on the first day of your Aspen bike tour. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch followed by a short round of introductions, an orientation, and a safety talk. Your guides will then spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle, ensuring that you have an excellent fit before setting off. Today's ride is an Aspen classic and a great introduction to the area. We'll venture on a local favorite climb up Castle Creek Road. After 12 miles, we'll reach the historical mining town of Ashcroft. Nestled among spectacular alpine meadows at the headwaters of Castle Creek, this ghost town calls back to the mining boom that founded both the towns of Ashcroft and Aspen. Take the opportunity to visit the restored remains of several historic buildings, including a saloon, a post office, and the Bird House Hotel. After taking in the stunning views from the top, we'll cruise back down to Aspen. At the hotel, take some time to relax, perhaps by unwinding in the inviting waters of the hot tub. This evening, we will gather for a social hour together followed by dinner with seasonal delights in downtown Aspen.

Today's Ride:

Aspen to Ashcroft Ghost Town return
Approximately 24 miles with 1,993 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Aspen to Ashcroft End of Pavement return
Approximately 28 miles with 2,282 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Gant

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Your journey in this beautiful region continues with some gentle uphill riding on refreshingly remote roads, starting on the famous Rio Grande Trail. Riding along this path is always exciting and makes for a pleasant and relaxing cruise. It's practically a ride back in time, passing historic ranch buildings, with bald eagles soaring above the river, herds of elk in the wide open meadows, and the majestic Mt. Sopris in the distance. Once we reach the historic Emma Schoolhouse in Basalt, we'll turn up Sopris Creek Road and then continue onto East Sopris Creek Road to the end of the pavement (EOP). The locals call this famous dirt section of road Emma Rouabaix. It is a classic ride in the valley, known for its stunning scenery and limited traffic. It's common to see more cyclists on this stretch of road than cars. Once we reach the top of the dirt section (about three and a half miles with 568 feet of climbing), we have a beautiful descent to Capitol Creek Road. Today's ride will make a left and continue to descend down to Lower River Road, while the avid option will traverse Watson Divide before rejoining the route on River Road. Our lunch destination today is the Woody Creek Tavern, an eclectic eatery and landmark frequented by locals, tourists, and celebrities alike. We'll sit down and enjoy some delicious food served in a very welcoming atmosphere. Tonight you are free to explore the chic town of Aspen and to enjoy dinner at one of the many small bistros on your own.

Today's Ride:

Aspen to East Sopris Creek Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 2,321 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Aspen to East Sopris Creek Loop with shuttle
Approximately 38 miles with 1,708 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Aspen to East Sopris Creek and Watson Divide Loop
Approximately 42 miles with 2,473 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Gant

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today is a very special day as we have the opportunity to conquer one of the most iconic rides in Colorado and one of the highest paved roads in the US: Independence Pass. We'll have an early start to avoid heavy traffic and the potential of a late afternoon thunderstorm. The climb picks up just after the properly named Difficult Campground, around mile marker five. From here until mile 11, our legs will enjoy an average gradient of 6%. We’ll pass the winter closure gate along with the Grottos Trail and campground on our right. If we need a rest before tackling the rest of the route, this is a great spot to pull off, take photos, and refuel. In the next five miles, we'll be able to relax a bit, just before the treeline ends. Once we spot the Independence Ghost Town on our right, we've got two more grueling miles until the summit. Hitting upwards of 7.8%, our lungs may be burning as the elevation increases and the air thins. As we crest the top, the stunning views will surely help to take the sting from the legs and the lungs. At the summit, we'll take a few photos in front of the iconic Independence Pass sign at 12,095 feet elevation to testify this quintessential achievement in the Colorado Rockies. We'll refuel with a a few snacks before a sweeping descent back into Aspen. In town your guides will recommend a few places to grab lunch. This afternoon, rest your climbing legs, perhaps with a spa session at the hotel or simply with some downtime by the pool. The evening is yours to enjoy dinner at your leisure in town.

Today's Ride:

Aspen to Independence Pass return
Approximately 39 miles with 4,258 ft climbing

Hotel:

The Gant

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you have the option of taking a day off the bike, or you can opt for one of Colorado's most iconic bike rides to the Maroon Bells, offering some of the most spectacular natural views in the world. The route passes through countless aspen groves, underneath the watchful gaze of Pyramid Peak, a "fourteener," one of Colorado's many peaks that rise above 14,000 feet. The road ends at Maroon Lake, a beautiful high-alpine lake of clear green waters rimmed by wildflowers and craggy peaks. Alternatively, today you have the unique chance of hiking one of Aspen’s scenic hikes. Check out Crater Lake, a high-alpine lake that sits at the base of the Maroon Bells. Or from the heart of downtown Aspen, the Silver Queen Gondola will take you to the peak at 11,200 feet, where endless vistas and flower-laden hiking trails await. Hiking is a great opportunity to spot wildlife such as mule deer, red fox, bighorn sheep, porcupines, and a variety of birds. Alternatively, you may decide to go fly fishing or mountain biking today, the options are endless. Trek Travel will provide you with our recommended lunch options whether you decide to hike or ride today. In the evening, we will join for social hour and dinner in downtown Aspen to reminisce about the incredible experiences we’ve all shared in this enchanting land.

Today's Ride:

Aspen to Maroon Bells return
Approximately 22 miles with 1,842 feet climbing

Today's Activity:

Optional hike on a scenic hiking trail to Crater Lake
Two to three hours

Hotel:

The Gant

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Today, it's time to say goodbye to the glory of the Colorado wilderness and your Aspen bike tour. Choose to take one last spin or simply take it easy and sleep in before enjoying a leisurely breakfast or a stroll in town for any last minute souvenirs. A shuttle provided by the hotel will take us to the Aspen airport to conclude our trip, having accomplished some of the great cycling challenges of the American Rockies.

Today's Ride:

Aspen Rio Grande to McClain Flats Loop
Approximately 13 miles with 793 feet climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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The Gant

Aspen, Colorado

The Gant combines the comforts and conveniences of home with the luxury of resort services and amenities. Situated in a tranquil five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant affords guests convenient access to historic downtown Aspen. Featuring comfortable and cozy condominiums with spacious living rooms, a wood burning fireplace, dining area, full kitchen, and private balcony, the resort offers unique, upscale amenities with its two heated outdoor swimming pools, three jetted hot tubs, five tennis courts, and a fitness center. The onsite Pepperjack’s Café serves a delicious breakfast with a locally roasted gourmet coffee.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
28 miles
TOTAL MILES:
143 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,241 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
11,207 feet
TERRAIN: ROLLING/MOUNTAINOUS
The terrain is mountainous, with sustained climbing (up to 20 miles), amazing descents, and gradients averaging 4-6% on most climbs. Please note that all rides are above 6,000 feet above sea level. The town of Aspen resides at 8,000 feet above sea level, and you will definitely feel it in your lungs and in your legs. Our Aspen Bike Tour is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also accommodate Type 2 Riders who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. Also, most of our avid options will give the riders a taste of Aspen's hard packed dirt and gravel roads. While you may think of gravel as loose, in Colorado they use Magnesium Chloride to keep the surface area hard and intact, while minimizing the loose stones.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on our Aspen bike tour are:
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Climbing
  • Gondola rides
  • White Water Rafting
  • Hot Springs
  • Golfing
  • Spas & Massages
  • Yoga
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Shopping

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Aspen–Pitkin County Airport (ASE)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Your trip hotel, The Gant, Aspen

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Aspen–Pitkin County Airport (ASE)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Your trip hotel, The Gant, Aspen

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Aspen bike tour, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into the Denver International Airport (DIA), followed by a short flight to Aspen–Pitkin County Airport (ASE). United and American offer direct flights (seasonal and subject to change) from Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, and Los Angeles. The resort provides free shuttle service from the Aspen–Pitkin Airport to the hotel, and the van can accommodate no more than 10 guests at once. Please call 970-925-5000 upon arrival at the Aspen airport to arrange transportation to the hotel.

Alternatively, from DIA you can choose to fly into Eagle Country Airport (EGE) and take a two-hour shuttle to Aspen.

Another possibility is flying into Grand Junction (GJT), which is two hours west of Aspen with direct flights from Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

If you wish to drive to Aspen from Denver, we suggest that you drive through Leadville and Twin Lakes over Independence Pass. It will take about three and a half to four hours and is a very scenic drive. Driving via I-70 and Co Hwy 82 will take about four hours.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at The Gant at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll have some time to explore the town while your guides set up a hearty picnic lunch. After lunch and a bike-fitting session, we'll set off on our first ride. Feel free to dress comfortably, you will have time to change into your cycling gear after the picnic. Please pack your cycling clothing and gear in a separate, easily accessible bag.

If you will be late for the meeting or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call your hotel, The Gant (+1 800-549-0530), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. The hotel arranges free shuttles to and from the Aspen airport, so they can pick you up upon arrival.

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Leaving

Say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at The Gant. The hotel offers free shuttles to the Aspen–Pitkin County Airport (ASE). The drive to the airport takes about 15 minutes. We suggest that you book your flight for 1:00 PM or later.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Highs from 55-90 degrees depending on elevation, while lows range from 35-65 degrees depending on elevation. Dress for warm days and cool evenings and mornings, and always be prepared for rain. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Denver, Colorado

The Mile High City is a big-city getaway with a mountain-town edge. Visitors come here from all over the world for its laid-back feel and cosmopolitan look. Visit the recently completed Union Station downtown for a hip vibe and world-class restaurants with plenty of patio seating in the crisp, mountain air. Or, venture to the foothills, minutes away by car, for a trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater, Lookout Mountain, or the wild west town of Golden, where gunslingers still walk the streets. Don't be surprised if you're completely transformed by this unique city, where outdoor activity is more than a hobby. It's a way of life. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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