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.

2022 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! = Rider minimums met, tour is GO! SOLD OUT = Rider maximums met, tour full.

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Overview

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Tour Length: 5-Days/5-Nights

Starting/Ending Town: Gunnison, Colorado

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

Tour Cost: $1,945 per person.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

2022 Special Offer: Register for a 6-Day or longer Spring or Summer 2022 tour by October 15, 2021, or an Autumn 2022 tour by November 15, 2021, and receive a $200 tour discount plus a $100 bike rental discount!
(NOTE: New reservations only. Not stackable with other discounts)

Tour Includes: 4 days of guide service, 3 nights camping, 2 nights 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 5 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′)
  • Night 5: Long Holiday Motel, Gunnison, Colorado (elevation 7,700′)

Mountain Bike Rentals

For 2021, 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 info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call us at 970.728.5891

Meals On 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. 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!

Dinners: 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.

Colorado Mountain Bike Gravel Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations, road construction, and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as a general outline as to what to expect 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: Monarch Crest Trail
Nearly 30 miles of some of the most breathtaking and smoothest singletrack in the world

On Day 5, we shuttle and then ride what is considered one of the very best singletrack trails in the American West, the Monarch Crest Trail. The route starts at 12,000-feet smack dab on the continental divide and descends over 4,000-feet. To start the day the trail offers above tree-line views that stretch across Colorado. The ride finishes with a smooth and serpentine ride on the Rainbow Trail.

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

Riding in the clouds

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

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through TripAssure. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
  • For information on Coronavirus, please click here.
 
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