TOUR DESCRIPTION

The singletrack of the Durango in Colors tour will lead you to ask the question, “Does the riding ever end in Durango?” Well yes, it does. Eventually the snow flies, but until it does you just need to keep moving to lower altitudes to keep on riding. We’ve put together a collection of 5 great routes to get you on Durango’s trails when the aspens turn and transform the trail to a bed of golden coins.

The Durango in Colors tour is a little different than the Durango High Country tour. Weather is typically more stable during September and October, so we can start a little later each morning. This gives us a chance to relax as the temps warm for our day’s adventure. Each day of the tour we usher you a world class ride and help you unwind in the cushy comfort of Silverpick Lodge.

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Day 1:

 

We begin with a short traverse on the sweet singletrack of the Colorado Trail before diving down a ribbon of singletrack in a drainage toward Hermosa Creek. We finish our day on the area’s classic: Hermosa Creek Trail…

 

Day 2:

 

We’ll start by climbing up Jones Creek Trail through thousands of turning aspens. Soon we will top out near the Hermosa Cliffs and stop for a breather and take in the epic views of the Weminuche Wilderness…

 

Day 3:

 

Dry Fork Loop – this ride is perfect for a mid-week recovery. The singletrack climb starts in the high desert scrub oak and ascends to a thick forest of aspen, spruce and Ponderosa pine…

 

Day 4:

 

Kennebec Pass – a Durango classic. This 5000-foot descent must be experienced by every mountain biker. After a challenging climb away from Junction Creek, we finish on 11 miles of almost all downhill all the way to Durango!…

 

Day 5:

 

The Townie Ride. The terrain here is high desert, which you will certainly notice as you snake through junipers and pinon pines…

 

What’s Included in My Trip?

 

  • Lodging Monday night to Friday morning
  • All meals Monday lunch to Friday lunch
  • (2) Expert Guides
  • All transportation from Monday morning to Friday afternoon – including pickup and drop-off in Durango, CO

 

Not Included

 

  • Alcoholic Beverages – we can haul and keep them cold though!
  • Lodging and transportation before and after the tour
  • Weather Control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own
  • Bikes – we can rent you a full-suspension bike for the week

Q – How technical is this trip?

 

A – This trip is not listed as advanced because it’s terribly technical, although there are sections you may want to walk. It’s advanced because it requires advanced fitness.

 

Q – What happens if I have a mechanical?

 

A – Your guide will be there to help out and get you going. It is important for you to carry your own tubes and other small parts related to your specific bike, such as a rear derailleur hanger.

 

Q – What’s a good tire choice for this trip?

 

A – The Continental Mountain King II is a great choice for this terrain. Pedal the Peaks in Durango, CO stocks these and more.

 

Q – What do I bring?

 

A – You’ll need your bike, gear and personal items. The key thing to bring is a good foul weather gear to endure some of the famous thunderstorms in the San Juan Mountains.

 

Q – Can we hang out in Durango a few nights during the trip?

 

A – If you get your own rental car or car up to Silverpick Lodge you’re welcome to head into Durango for the night. Unfortunately we won’t be able to facilitate this ourselves as it is 25 miles away from the Silverpick.

 

Q – What’s the menu like on this trip?

 

A – We like to think we really “do it up”. Linguini Puttanesca, Thai Coconut Curry with Chicken and Honey Mustard Chicken with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad are just a few items we serve on our trips.

 

Q – Can I rent a bike for this trip?

 

A – Yes you can. Second Avenue Sports in Durango, CO carries a lot of great bikes including our favorite, Yeti Cycles.

 

Q – How do I navigate the route?

 

A – Prior to the trip we will furnish you with a link to get a digital map pack from Topofusion.com. The pack includes printable maps and a complete GPX file for your GPS unit

 

Q – What time will we be back to Durango on the last day?

A – We usually get back to Durango around 2 or 3pm the final day.

 

Q – What if the listed dates don’t work for me?

 

A – You can choose custom dates if you get a group of 5 or more together for a private/custom trip.