Crested Butte to Telluride Gravel Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Crested Butte to Telluride Gravel Tour

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Crested Butte to Telluride Gravel Tour: Highlights





Crested Butte to Telluride 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

No tour dates are scheduled at this time.

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.

Crested Butte to Telluride Gravel Tour: Overview

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Arrival Town/Airport: Telluride, Colorado

Departing Town/Airport: Telluride, Colorado

Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/6-Nights mix of Camping & Lodging

Total Miles: TBD to TBD miles (additional mileage options available)

Mileage Range: TBD miles

Tour Cost: $TBD per person. Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 7 days of guide service, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Single Room Supplement: $TBD for a private room each night of the tour.

Camping and Lodging for 6 Nights: (subject to change)

  • Night 1: Lake Irwin Campground (elevation 10,370′)
  • Night 2: Hartman Rocks Campground (elevation 8,000′)
  • Night 3: Spruce Campground (elevation 9,350′)
  • Night 4: Alpine Moose Lodge, Lake City, CO (elevation 8,720′)
  • Night 5: Molas Lake Campground (elevation 10,520′)
  • Night 6: OPUS Hut (elevation 11,600′)

Meeting Hotel and Ending Hotel reservations and costs are NOT included unless specified otherwise. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels.

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 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.

Overall Route Map

Crested Butte to Telluride 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: Crested Butte to Irwin
9 miles with up to 1,510 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 9 mi +1510 ft / -60 ft

Day 2: Irwin to Hartman Rocks
37 miles with up to 1,730 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 37 mi +1730 ft / -4010 ft

Day 3: Hartman Rocks to Spruce Campground
48 miles with up to 3,610 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 48 mi +3610 ft / -2350 ft

Day 4: Spruce Campground to Lake City
19 miles with up to 2,120 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 19 mi +2120 ft / -2765 ft

Day 5: Lake City to Molas Pass
40 miles with up to 5,700 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 40 mi +5700 ft / -3890 ft

Day 6: Molas Pass to Opus Hut
14 miles with up to 2,350 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 14 mi +2350 ft / -1425 ft

Day 7: Opus Hut to Telluride via Galloping Goose
22 miles with up to 1,155 feet of climbing


Elevation Profile: 22 mi +1155 ft / -4015 ft

Crested Butte to Telluride 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:

  • 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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