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Colorado: Aspen to Vail, Valleys of the RockiesColorado’s renowned Rockies have never been so bike-friendly! We’ve mapped out a Colorado bike tour that descends through canyons and traces valley floors with ease … mostly on paved, car-free bike paths. Ride among vistas at once sublime and splendid, with ample time to explore. Gaze upon “The Bells,” twin peaks rising to the heavens above and reflected in Maroon Lake below. Discover the Colorado Silver Boom during an interpretive walk in a deserted mining town. Take time off the saddle to soak in the culture and charms of the region’s most beloved towns—Aspen, Vail, Frisco, and Breckenridge. And savor the locally sourced farm cuisine and craft beer for which the region is so famous. Hit the heights, VBT style!
- Ride among alpine peaks and breathe bracingly clean air as you discover the majestic beauty of the Colorado Rockies
- Enjoy easy, hand-selected routes that take advantage of descending canyons, valley floors, recreational trails, and paved bike paths
- Marvel at the breathtaking views of “The Bells,” twin 14,000-foot summits mirrored in sublime reflection at Maroon Lake
- Cycle the gradual descent through the Roaring Fork Valley on the car-free Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs
- Learn about early settlers and the history of the 19th-century Colorado Silver Boom during an interpretive walk through a deserted mining town.
What to Expect
This tour offers easy to moderate riding on paved BIKE PATHS (80%). Several rides are downhill and feature an overall loss in elevation. This trip is ideal for guests who are not comfortable riding in traffic as the bike paths are secluded and protected from roads and vehicles. The moderate component is due to the fact that higher elevation may case fatigue (Aspen altitude is 8,000ft, Glenwood Springs is 5,800ft, and Vail is 8,100ft). Guests must hydrate, pace themselves, and respect their limits. VBT van support is available throughout the trip for shuttle assistance as needed. Typical recreational path features should be noted such as shared users and road intersections. There are several extended downhill sections that may be challenging for guests who are not comfortable descending. Options for additional miles and extended climbs can be made available for those interested.
- Daily Mileage: 6 - 42|
- Group Size: 20
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|5 nights in historic mountain town hotels|
|10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Optional car service from Denver Airport or downtown Denver to Aspen|
|Optional car service from Vail to Denver Airport|
Accommodations (May vary depending on departure date. )
Conveniently located in Aspen’s west end just a few blocks from the heart of downtown, family-owned Annabelle Inn combines the comforts and conveniences of home with the cozy ambiance of a charming mountain lodge. Featuring unique and individually-designed rooms, two hot tubs with mountain views, and a fireplace lounge and observation deck, the lodge will be your home away from home while in Aspen. A central courtyard with outdoor firepit adds to the appeal of this charming oasis in Colorado’s celebrated mountain town.
Since 1893, the Hotel Colorado has opened doors to travelers from every corner of the earth. The Victorian-style resort, known to many as the “Grande Dame of the Rockies,” was the cornerstone of Glenwood Springs when the town was founded. Built by a silver baron, the air-conditioned hotel is adjacent to the town’s famous natural hot springs pool. It includes two restaurants and two bars and offers patio dining at the Courtyard Cafe. A Polo Lounge and Coppertop Bar provide great atmosphere for relaxing and dining in the heart of Glenwood Springs.
First opened in the 1960s as one of Vail’s first great European-style lodges, the Tivoli Lodge is steeped in old-world charm and Tyrolean tradition, ambiance and hospitality. Completely renovated in 2006, the family-run lodge reopened with modern and upscale amenities and spacious, air-conditioned well-appointed rooms. Enjoy the warm and rustic ambiance in the expansive hotel lobby and the inviting Brown Hound Lounge. Set on the eastern edge of Vail Village, Tivoli Lodge enjoys a quiet location just steps from Vail Mountain, shops, and restaurants.
Enjoy Your Vacation Longer With Low-Cost Trip Extensions
2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Denver
- 2 nights at The Brown Palace Hotel
- Historic Hotel Tour
- Transportation to Aspen
- Daily breakfast
- City information
Make your own arrangements for travel to Denver, Colorado. From the airport or your point of arrival, take a taxi or train to your Pre-Trip Extension hotel.
After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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