Telluride to Taos – Spectacular!
Telluride to Taos Bike Tour: Highlights
Telluride to Taos Bike Tour: Dates
Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the spring/autumn calendar for confirmed departures.
2017 Summer Tour Dates:
- August 6 to 11, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR OPENED
Telluride to Taos Bike Tour: Overview
Tour Length: 6-Days or riding/6-Nights of lodging
Starting Town: Telluride, Colorado (Fly into Montrose (MTJ) Colorado). The tour meets on the morning of Day 1 in Telluride, Colorado.
Ending Town: Taos, New Mexico (Fly out of Albuqurque, New Mexico). Guests are on-their-own to arrange the Saturday morning shuttle from Taos to Albuquerque.
Total Miles: 350-470 (Can I keep up on this tour?)
Mileage Range: 41-111
Ability Level: 3/4 (Intermediate to Advanced/Challenging). The Telluride-2-Taos bike tour includes easily assessable mileage options for the EFI’er to the Intermediate level cyclist. We have previously run the T-2-T with mixed rider abilities and had good success.
Tour Includes: 6-nights of lodging, 5-days of meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, mechanical support and special gift. Alcoholic beverages, massage & bike rental are additional.
Tour Cost: $2,690 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.
Lodging Includes: (subject to change)
- Night 1: Strater Hotel, Durango, CO
- Night 2: The Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs, CO
- Night 3: Branding Iron Motel, Chama, NM
- Night 4: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, Ojo Caliente, NM
- Nights 5 & 6: El Monte Sagrado or Taos Inn, Taos, NM
Single Room Supplement: $590- for a private room for each night of the tour.
Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.
Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.
Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.
Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).
Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.
Meals On Tour
Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post ride element.
Lunches on Tour: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!
Overall Route Map
Telluride to Taos Bike Tour: Itinerary*
*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.
Day 0: Arrival in Durango, Colorado
Cyclists fly into Montrose, Colorado and take a shuttle up to Telluride to check into their first night’s lodging. Bikes can be shipped to Lizard Head Cycling’s office near Telluride for pre-tour assembly.
Day 1: Telluride, Colorado to Durango, Colorado
111 Miles with up to 5,970 feet of climbing
Optional: 65-mile warm up up to Dolores, Colorado 🙂
This is the day for a century ride! Riders can choose either a full century ride of 111-miles with a point-to-point ride from Telluride to Durango, or opt for a shorter day in the saddle with a bump in the van after riding 65-miles to Dolores. Both routes follow the Rio Dolores from Telluride to Dolores and past our namesake Lizard Head Peak and Lizard Head Pass. From Lizard Head Pass it is a near 50 mile net descent to Delores making for a cruisy ride through the San Juan National Forest. After reaching Marcos, riders complete the ride on the Navajo Trail to Durango to check into our lodging for the evening.
Day 2: Durango, Colorado to Pagosa Springs, Colorado
67 Miles with up to 4,500 feet of climbing
Starting from downtown Durango, cyclists start the day pedaling up into the Florida River Valley and then down through the Los Pinos River Valley to Bayfield. From here the route heads due east over Yellowjacket Pass through parts of the San Juan National Forest, past Haystack Mountain and ends at the body and soul refreshing hot springs of Pagosa Springs.
Day 3: Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico
48 Miles with up to 3,300 feet of climbing
With a shorter ride day on tap, we start mid-morning from Pagosa Springs heading south and as we near the New Mexico border, you can almost get a whiff of the state’s famous and fragrant green chile. We soon cross both the New Mexican border and the continental divide while pedaling a remote and hilly route to Chama, New Mexico.
Day 4: Chama, New Mexico to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
95 Miles with up to 4,900 feet of climbing
Today’s ride climbs the formidable Brazos Pass to 10,000-feet and descends into the Rio Grande Valley to the exclusive Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. The use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human migrations in the region. Ancient peoples, the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Surrounding the springs are the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of history.
Day 5: Ojo Caliente, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico
41 Miles with up to 2,000 feet of climbing
After a relaxed morning at Ojo we’ll ride from the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs to Taos, New Mexico and stay at the El Monte Sagrado. Taos is an artist’s destination of international acclaim and home to the Taos Pueblo Indians. Along the way we’ll cross the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Tonight dine at El Monte Sagrado’s award-winning De la Tierra Restaurant.
Day 6: “The Enchanted Circle Ride” – Taos, New Mexico Loop
85 Miles to 100 Miles with up to 5,800 feet of climbing
Ride the Sangre De Christo (Blood of Christ) mountains between Taos and Red River, New Mexico. The Enchated Circle Loop is New Mexico’s premier mountain ride offering exceptional beauty. Cyclists arrive back in their Taos lodging for a final night’s farewell dinner!
Day 7: Post Tour (Saturday)
On Saturday morning cyclists wake and shuttle from Taos to Albuquerque (2.5 hours) and fly out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Southwest and Delta airlines (among others) service Albuquerque.
NOTE: Guests are on-their-own to arrange the Saturday morning shuttle from Taos to Albuquerque.
Telluride to Taos Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs
Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.
General Tour & Cancellation Policies
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.
Lizard Head Cycling Guides teams up with Seven Corners for travel insurance. Seven Corners offers:
- Travel Medical
- Medical Evacuation
- 24/7 Assistance
- Trip Cancellation
Be sure to go to our custom Seven Corners portal by clicking this link or by clicking the the banner on the right after confirming your tour with us to get a quote on travel insurance.