Aspen Loop Bike Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
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Aspen Loop Bike Tour

Aspen Loop Bike Tour: Highlights

Downtown Aspen, Colorado

Maroon Bells at sunrise

Downtown Crested Butte, Colorado

Aspen Loop Bike 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

2018 Summer Tour Dates:

  • July 14 to 20, 2018 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!

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Aspen Loop Bike Tour: Overview

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Meeting Town: Aspen, Colorado. Pre-Tour lodging on Day 0 is included.
Riders fly to either Denver, CO (Denver International Airport – DEN), Aspen, CO (Aspen/Pitkin County Airport – ASE), or Eagle, CO (Eagle County Regional Airport – EGE). Regular shuttles from Denver and Eagle are available through Colorado Express.

Departing Town/Airport: The tour ends back in Aspen on Day 7. Riders can choose to stay post tour in either Aspen or Carbondale, Colorado or shuttle to an airport with Colorado Express.

Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling and Hiking/7-Nights Lodging

Ability Level: 2/3 (Lower-Intermediate to Advanced): Big E.F.I. options exists!

Tour Cost: $3,150- per person.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 7-days of excellent lodging, guide service, high performance bike rental, 5 dinners, 6 breakfasts, all lunches, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.

Lodging for 7 Nights: (subject to change)

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

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.

Aspen Loop 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: Pre-Tour Lodging is Included

Pre-Tour Day 0 lodging is included on July 13th at theThe Inn at Aspen. The tour meets the following morning July 14th at this hotel.

Day 1: Aspen to Maroon Bells
22 miles with up to 1,915 feet of climbing

View of the Maroon Bells: Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak.

We think this is a ride you will truly enjoy as we ride up to the simply drop dropping gorgeous Maroon Bells where we will spend a little time to take in all the beauty and glory of this iconic Colorado location. Then it’s all downhill back to Aspen, Colorado to end the riding.

Elevation Profile: 210 mi +1915 ft / -1915 ft

Day 2: Aspen to Ashcroft -or- Independence Pass
Standard: 26 miles with up to 2,080 feet of climbing
E.F.I.: 46 miles with up to 4,565 feet of climbing

Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft, Colorado

In the morning ride the Castle Creek Road and have lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft, Colorado. In the afternoon, enjoy downtown Aspen, Colorado followed by dinner in Aspen.

For those looking for more of a challenge, the E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch) option will be a ride from Aspen to Independence Pass at 12,095 feet and then back down to Aspen.

Standard – Elevation Profile: 26 mi +2080 ft / -2080 ft

E.F.I. – Elevation Profile: 46 mi +4565 ft / -4565 ft

Day 3: Aspen to Redstone
45 miles with up to 1,350 feet of climbing

Colorado Rocky Mountain High!

Riding from Aspen, our route takes us along the car-free Rio Grande Trail for most of the ride. Departing the trail in Carbondale, we turn left and head into the White River National Forest along the Crystal River to end the day in Redstone, Colorado.

Elevation Profile: 45 mi +1350 ft / -2075 ft

Day 4: Redstone to Crested Butte
58 miles with up to 6,000 feet of climbing

Marcellina Mountain

Starting from Redstone, Colorado, we ride over 9,000-foot McClure Pass and then after reaching Paonia Reservoir the route turns towards Kebler Pass along spectacular route into the West Elk Mountains and up a beyond category (HC) climb through pine and aspen forests. Along the way we ride below the immensely beautiful Marcellina Mountain and then up to Kebler Pass. Most of the ride up to the pass is smooth gravel and on this nearly traffic-free remote back road route, you’ll almost feel like you’re pedaling through the Swiss countryside. The US Pro Cycling Challenge rode this route during the 2014 race. NOTE: Lizard Head Cycling offers riders a bump across a 20-mile section of packed dirt on the climb towards Kebler Pass.

From the top of Kebler Pass it’s then a quick seven miles into Crested Butte and to our lodging at the Elk Mountain Lodge.

Elevation Profile: 58 mi +6000 ft / -4280 ft

Day 5: Layover Day in Crested Butte
Optional Hiking, Mountain Biking and Road Biking

Amazing singletrack high above Crested Butte

With a layover day in Crested Butte, Colorado, there are options to g hiking to Oh-Be-Joyful Falls! Or go mountain biking, or road bike loop through Mt. Crested Butte to wild swimming at Long Lake, enjoy hot air ballooning, go fly-fishing… there is much summer loving to be enjoyed!

Day 6: Crested Butte Loop via Ohio Pass
53 miles with up to 2,700 feet of climbing

Carbon Peak before Ohio Pass

On this day we offer a delightful loop ride from Crested Butte. The riding from town heads south and then turns up the Ohio River Valley. It is a 53-mile ride with a 10-mile dirt section. In the past for this non-technical dirt section we either shuttle riders across it or provide mountain bikes There is little traffic on this route. Dinner in Crested Butte.

Elevation Profile: 53 mi +2700 ft / -2700 ft

Day 7: Crested Butte to Aspen

Hiking through summer flowers

Hike from Crested Butte back to Aspen! Luggage is driven around to meet riders in Aspen. NOTE: If you want to ride back to Aspen, this is possible. In the morning you jump on the shuttle and then start riding along the route (50-miles to Aspen).

Aspen Loop Bike 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 MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

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.

*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.