Durango in Colors
- Miles of spectacular singletrack in San Juan National Forest
- Rides on the Colorado Trail and Hermosa Creek Trail
- Excellent fireside meals
Ride hard and relax.
The singletrack of the Durango in Colors tour will lead you to ask the question, "Does the riding ever end in Durango?" Well yes, it does. Eventually the snow flies, but until it does you just need to keep moving to lower altitudes to keep on riding. We've put together a collection of 5 great routes to get you on Durango's trails when the aspens turn and transform the trail to a bed of golden coins.
The Durango in Colors tour is a little different than the Durango High Country tour. Weather is typically more stable during September and October, so we can start a little later each morning. This gives us a chance to relax as the temps warm for our day’s adventure. Each day of the tour we usher you a world class ride and help you unwind in the cushy comfort of Silverpick Lodge.
- All lodging and transportation during the tour
- All meals during the tour
- Expertly guided rides each day
- Alcoholic beverages (we're happy to haul what you'd like and keep it cold)
- Air fare and airport transfers
- Bikes. However, we can rent you a high quality, full suspension mountain bike
- Weather control – as much as we’d like Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate
Day by Day Itinerary
Today’s ride is physically challenging, but simply amazing and well worth your effort. We’ll start by climbing up Jones Creek Trail through thousands of turning aspens. Soon we will top out near the Hermosa Cliffs and stop for a breather and take in the epic views of the Weminuche Wilderness. As we turn onto the Pinkerton Flagstaff Trail, the yellow canopy will remain, but the climbing gets a bit more challenging. It’s quite common to do a little pushing in this section. Views both east and west will keep your mind off the climb! Soon we’ll swing onto the Dutch Creek Trail. The first few miles of the Dutch Creek Trail are a mix of double track and forest service road, but it quickly turns to singletrack. The vistas from this first leg of singletrack are legendary. The Weminuche comes back into view on our left and the La Plata Mountains reveal themselves to our right. It’s a great place to stop for photos and to “soak it all in.” Hold on to your knickers – the “soak” is over and we’re headed downhill on one of the best descents in all Durango. The trail now hugs Dutch Creek itself, which we will cross many times as we weave through aspen groves, through open meadows and over technical root and rock. A final little climb spills us out onto the tail end of Hermosa Creek Trail and a smooth cruise back to the shuttle van. Ride length is about 20 miles.
Today we hit a local’s favorite: the Dry Fork Loop. This ride is perfect for a mid-week recovery. The singletrack climb starts in the high desert scrub oak and ascends to a thick forest of aspen, spruce and Ponderosa pine. The climb is generally very gradual and mild. Eventually we connect to the Colorado Trail and finish on a fast flowy descent back the waiting van. Ride length is about 12 miles.
Kennebec Pass to Durango….a 5000 foot descent….a true Durango classic. Weather permitting, this ride starts at tree line and immediately sends you on a thrill ride down narrow singletrack hugging the mountain side. After regrouping at the Champion Venture Road crossing (our alternate start if snow is an issue), the downhill bonanza continues through thick, forested singletrack, past a gorgeous waterfall and finally onto the rocky singletrack cutting through the lush vegetation alongside Junction Creek. Wide-eyed and grinning, we’ll regroup again at the Wall’s Gulch Bridge and start a hefty climb away from Junction Creek….sorry, it can’t ALL be downhill!! The top of the climb makes for a great snack location. Refueled, we’ll take our time traversing up and down on narrow singletrack through a variety of aspen and pine forest. The beauty of the singletrack in this area is the stuff of which magazine photo spreads are made. Finally we’ll reach what the locals call “High Point”, named for its status as a turn around for riders climbing up from Durango. They climb, we descend. The downhill buzz continues for another 2500 feet of great Colorado Trail singletrack to the Junction Creek Trailhead, the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail. Ride length is about 20-25 miles.
The Townie Ride. Sure, Durango is famous for its many backcountry trails, but locals know that a spider web of excellent routes is right in and around town. We’ve found that this is a great way to leave a lasting impression on our guests – live a day in the life of a Durango mountain biker. We’ll start with a breakfast at the area cycling hive, Bread, where there’s a good chance of spotting one of Durango’s many local pros. This bakery serves up a delicious variety of croissants, bagels, cookies, breads, muffins and many more aromatic treats. Once we’ve had our fill and crammed our packs with extra goodies for the ride we’ll climb up the tight singletrack of two new connector trails recently constructed by the local advocacy group, Trails 2000 (we are a proud member and contributor). The top of this climb rewards us with a panoramic view of Durango, the Animas River Valley and the San Juan Mountains. The terrain here is high desert, which you will certainly notice as you snake through junipers and pinon pines. Soon we’ll turn south into the Telegraph Trail System, called Horse Gulch by the locals; a trail system IMBA designated an “IMBA Epic.” The Telegraph Trail System includes over 30 miles of singletrack for us to choose from, but rather than outline our route in advance we like to gauge the mood of the group and pick a few loops to please everyone. We’ll end our ride by way of the Animas River Trail, a paved pathway, or maybe we’ll swing back onto the Rim Trail and loop around Fort Lewis College and down Chapman Hill, the site of many legendary mountain bike races. Again, let’s just relax and see what we’re up for that day.
After a great week of riding we’ll drop you back off at Hassle Free Sports in the early afternoon with plenty of time to clean up and catch a Friday evening flight if necessary.
About The Operator:
Hermosa Bike Tours
Hermosa Tours was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in beautiful Durango, Colorado. We offer premium, guided mountain bike tours in Durango Colorado, Southwest Utah and California with many destinations on our radar. Our concentration is providing a cycling vacation that includes the best riding in each area led by knowledgeable guides, excellent accommodations, delightful meals, transportation and an array of amenities that leave our guests relaxed and rejuvenated as well as thrilled.
Our tours deliver the best mountain biking destinations and their crown-jewel rides. The relaxing comfort of distinct handpicked accommodations and zero-hassle personalized white glove service. This is not a bike trip. This is your fantasy mountain bike vacation. Ride hard. Relax. Repeat. This is the experience we deliver.
Service and Comfort
For years the benchmark for guided mountain bike tours has been a day one meeting spot, point to point riding, a supported campsite each night and a final drop off back in town. Hermosa Tours offers something different. We pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to your arrival night lodging included in your cost. After each day's guided ride you'll return to a hot shower, some hot tub time, perhaps a massage, definitely a delightful meal and a warm bed. Finally, we THANK our guests with a dinner in town, a final night's lodging and a shuttle to the airport the next day...all included in your cost.
The Best Rides
Abandoning the camp-to-camp routes gives us (and more importantly you) the luxury of providing the best rides in each of our destinations. It also allows us a lot of flexibility. You finished your ride early today and want some more? No problem; let's load up and bite off a little more. Hermosa Tours has scouted our destinations for not only the "classics", but also the hidden gems that you simply will not find in any guidebook.
To many, "guided" evokes an image of someone holding your hand through a watered-down experience. That's not what we're about. We're not here to get in the way of, or dictate your experience. It's about your TIME. Your time is valuable to you. Don't waste it scouring outdated guidebooks, running two-car shuttles, standing in line at restaurants, searching for a campsite, renting cars or hoping for a good hotel. Step off the plane and worry about the coldness of your beer (we'll make sure it's cold) and if your camera is charged.