Feature

Will the Real Colorado Please Stand Up?

April 2000

Each year, the Ride the Rockies bike tour chooses a new route for its more than 2,000 participants to experience. It not only gives riders a chance to conquer challenging new terrain, but it gives them the chance to discover towns in Colorado – to find new jewels in Colorado’s crown that may have been overshadowed by bigger or shinier gems.

This year’s route is no different. Starting June 18 in Trinidad, traveling northwest, and ending in Idaho Springs June 24, the 2000 tour hits eight towns that will redefine the way you think of Colorado. Obviously, these towns offer unparalleled outdoor recreation, but they also offer unique art and cultural activities, community festivals, and a historical perspective that echoes the origins of our state.

With Trinidad, Walsenburg, Alamosa, Salida, Leadville, Frisco, Granby, and Idaho Springs on your summer travel itinerary, you’ll visit towns a little off the beaten path, towns you’ve forgotten about, and some of the old favorites. Whether you’re biking your way through these places as part of Ride the Rockies, accompanying friends or relatives as they tackle the grueling 458-mile route, or just looking for weekend getaways that offer unexpected rewards, look no further than these small, unassuming Colorado towns that pack a big punch.