Ride the Rockies Coming to Pagosa Springs in June
ALAMOSA • PAGOSA SPRINGS • DURANGO – DURANGO LOOP • RIDGWAY • MONTROSE • GUNNISON • SALIDA
Wolf Creek Pass
Pagosa Hot Springs
Narrow Gauge Railroad
Southern Ute Reservation
Coal Bank Pass
Red Mountain Pass
Ouray Hot Springs
Government springs road challenge (optional)
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Curecanti National Recreation Area
The annual Denver Post Ride the Rockies cycling tour will visit the southwest part of Colorado for the first time since 2013, taking riders from Alamosa over Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs and on to Durango, over stunning Red Mountain Pass through Ouray, on to Montrose and ending in Salida.
The 447-mile trek will push riders to climb more than 32,000 feet over the course of seven days, beginning Sunday June 11 and ending June 17. The event will hit the towns of Alamosa, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway — a first-time stop for the tour — Montrose, Gunnison and Salida. Roughly 2,000 cyclists are expected to participate.
The tour estimates that each day of the ride delivers $250,000 in economic impact. The ride benefits The Denver Post Community Foundation, which awards a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in each town.
Each June, RTR relies on a group of 80 – 100 volunteers who work together like a well-oiled machine to ensure a safe, rewarding and fun week for all involved. Our volunteers have an incredibly important job and we are deeply indebted to them for their efforts. It is their hard work and diligence that allows The Denver Post to put on a world class event.
We are now accepting volunteer applications for the 2017 staff. If you are interested in volunteering, we first ask that you review our RTR Volunteer Manual. Second, check out the Volunteer Job Descriptions to see if there is a good fit. If still interested, please complete this online application. For additional questions, call Liz Brown at 303.954.6703 or select “volunteering” on our Contact Form.
See a photo essay of the previous visit to Pagosa Springs below.
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It was a relatively easy ride from the south on this leg of the tour. With the high peaks looming in the distance excitement increased with the specter of riding Wolf Creek Pass tomorrow. Many stopped to get a photo of our National Monument at Chimney Rock.
Pulling into the rest stop at Hwy 160 was a nice stop.
Down at the high school a tent city went up.
The next morning the ride up Wolf Creek Pass was a beautiful day.
See this panorama in larger format click here.
At the summit is a real party. Every rider gets cheers as they arrive and the atmosphere is festive.
So long, its been good to know ya’. Come back and see Pagosa Country when you have more time.