Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour

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Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Highlights

View from Hartman Rocks

Gunnison River

Gorgeous flowers!

Monarch Crest Trail

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

To easily register for a particular tour, please click the Book Now! link after the tour date listed below. This will select the tour name and the appropriate date on the registration form.

2023 Tour Dates

Tour Status Notes: NO STATUS = Date Set, no riders have signed up. TOUR OPENED = Tour Opened, rider minimums not met. TOUR A GO! = Tour is Go, rider minimums met. SOLD OUT = Tour Full, rider maximums met.

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Overview

Reptile Rewards

Tour Length: 5-Days/4-Nights

Starting/Ending Town: Gunnison, Colorado

Ability Level: Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4)

Tour Cost: $2,075 per person. Please see our Reptile Rewards & Tour Discounts page for more information on Group Discounts. Please note that for discounts to apply the tour minimum must be met.

Tour Includes: 5 days of guide service, 3 nights camping, 1 night lodging, bike rental, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage are additional.

Camping and Lodging for 4 Nights: (subject to change)

  • Night 1: Camp at Hartman Rocks (elevation 8,000′)
  • Night 2: Camp at Cebolla Creek (elevation 8,080′)
  • Night 3: Camp at Spruce Campground (elevation 9,350′)
  • Night 4: Alpine Moose Lodge, Lake City, Colorado (elevation 8,660′)

Mountain Bike Rentals

NOTE: The make, model, and specifications of rental bikes may differ from what is described below. Please contact us if you have any specific needs for a rental bike or have any questions about rental bikes.

Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent the Scott Spark 930, a truly fantastic way to go up or down a mountain. We have been riding mountain bikes for a very long time here at Lizard Head, but we can easily say our rentals are the most fun mountain bikes we have ever ridden. The Spark 930 blends the featherweight lineage of its race focused cousin with the single track chops of a 120mm travel ripper - this bike is up for anything.

The Spark 930 features: Spark Carbon HMF-Alloy Frame, FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm Fork, FOX Nude EVOL/120mm/TwinLoc rear shock, Shimano XT-SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain, Shimano Deore Disc Brakes, Syncros X-25 TR Rims, Maxxis Rekon Folding Tires, plus Syncros Dropper Post. Approx. Weight: 28.88 lbs / 13.10 kg (without pedals)

Learn More: Click Here to learn more about our Mountain Bike Rentals including pricing.

If you have any further questions, please read more on our Rental Bikes FAQ page. You can also email us at or call us at 970.728.5891

Meals On Tour

Lizard Head Cycling Guides provides most meals on all tours (unless otherwise noted) including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guides will prepare a daily lunch en route for nearly every tour, both road and off-road, as well as provide nutritious snacks at periodic aid stations during the day.

Most of our road tours utilize local restaurants for all meals and occasionally guides may prepare a dinner or two during a tour. Due to the nature of being "off the grid", most of our off-road tours feature guide prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. FUN NOTE: When guides prepare a meal in camp and the guests sit around and watch, this is called "Guide TV". :)

We also pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests and needs, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works best for you during your tour. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Lunches: 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.

Dinners: On our road tours, Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients and guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu including: appetizer, salad, entrée, 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.

Overall Route Map

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations, road construction, road closures, and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Also, the distances and elevation profiles shown below may not reflect the actual distances and elevations while on tour as these are provided here to give an idea as to the anticipated mileage and terrain. Please view this itinerary, the distances, and elevation profiles as a general outline as to what to expect while on this tour.

Day 1: Hartman Rocks Singletrack
15 to 25 miles of singletrack

We will meet early morning at the Long Holiday Motel in Gunnison, Colorado to check gear, fit bikes, have a snack, and then pack lunches from the ample lunch spread.

The riding at Harmen’s Rocks is a great warm up with moderate singletrack loops from 15 to 25 miles in length.

Hartman Rocks singletrack

Day 2: Gunnison River and Cebolla Creek
25-miles along the Gunnison River and Cebolla Creek

From our camp our Hartman’s Rocks we’ll roll out for a flat cruise along the Gunnison River. Before long, there will be a stop at a local’s swimming hole to immerse ourselves with a dip in the Gunnison.

After the swim, the route continues along the Gunnison River with a stop for lunch under the cottonwoods. After lunch we load up for a shuttle to Powderhorn, Colorado. The riding from Powderhorn is along a lovely dirt road alongside Cebolla Creek (pronounced seh-BOH-yah). Once in camp, there will be time to fish, swim, have a beer and relax while the guides cook dinner. Tonight Cebolla Creek sings to us from our camp spot alongside its banks.

Cebolla Creek

Day 3: Cebolla Creek to Spruce Campground
20 miles

After breakfast we’ll strike camp and head upstream through the “Cathedral” to Spruce camp. This is an area with soaring peaks, cliffs and water. Our second campsite at Spruce camp again has a stream in camp. In addition there is a cave, campfire, and fresh Colorado air. Enjoy an adult beverage while relaxing in summer freedom.

Spruce Camp

Day 4: Spruce Camp to Lake City
25 miles

On Day 4, we head up farther into the mountains climbing on a dirt road to about 11,000-feet. At the top, the views of the high Colorado Rockies are striking. We next descend 3,00-feet to the town of Lake City, Colorado for lodging.

Riding high in the Colorado Rockies

Day 5: Blue Mesa Cut Off

Route and description forthcoming…

After finishing this ride, we shuttle back to Gunnison to the meeting/ending hotel.

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Logistics & FAQs

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.

Travel Insurance

If you have not already, now would be a great time to consider adding travel insurance to your tour. You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you would like. We recommend Generali/Trip Mate.

Generally, if contracting COVID causes clients to cancel or interrupt their tour, trip insurance companies would treat it as any other illness as long as it is contracted after the insurance was purchased. Please check your individual plan documentation for details. Please note that quarantine is usually only covered if clients are actually sick with COVID. If a state requires quarantine upon arrival because of standardized state law, coverage is generally not covered. Again, check your individual plan documentation for details.

American Guests - use this link:

  • The Premium Plan is the only plan which offers Pre-Existing coverage so long as the plan is purchased prior to Final Payment.
  • The Premium Plan is the only plan that offers an optional Cancel For Any Reason - the policy must be purchased within 24 hours of initial trip deposit, the full trip cost must be insured, and if they cancel for Any Reason, it must be 48 hours prior to departure, and the reimbursement for an Any Reason claim is 60% of pre-paid, insured, non-refundable trip cost.
  • Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-874-2442 for coverage questions and policy modifications or to purchase by phone. Agency Code: LIZA0855

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