Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Our Colorado National Monument Bike & Guided Hike offers the perfect blend of cycling and hiking among enchanting landscapes & awe-inspiring scenery!

  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Best time to travel: Any date during April, May, June, September, October, subject to availability
  • Start Grand Junction, CO
  • End Palisade, CO
  • Lodging: Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, Wine Country Inn
  • Activity Level – Leisurely/Moderate
  • Daily Distance Options – 14mi – 61mi (23km – 98km)
  • Pre or post tour nights available in Denver, Grand Junction or Palisade
  • From $1591 USD per person (double occupancy)

What’s Included

  • Handpicked accommodations for 2 nights in Grand Junction & 2 nights in Palisade (double occupancy)
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 sack lunch during hike
  •  1 private farm-to-table dinner, including wine pairings & round-trip transportation
  • 1 private tour, tasting & lunch at a local winery, including one drink of choice
  • Custom meal recommendations for lunch and dinner, allowing you to explore local cuisine
  • The use of a GPS Garmin with downloaded routes (1 Garmin per 2 people)
  • Detailed written daily route directions
  • The use of a GoPro Hero4 Silver (1 GoPro per 2 people)
  • Maps.Me app with downloaded routes on your mobile device
  • Private in-person welcome orientation with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Emergency and technical support by our local representative at all times
  • 1 day of guided hiking in the Colorado National Monument
  • Transfer from Palisade to Grand Junction at the end of your tour (if needed)
  • Skratch labs hydration mix
  • Complimentary At Your Pace – Freestyle Cycling Adventures water bottle and luggage tag

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare or other transportation to and from the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Meals, other than breakfast, allowing you to explore local cuisine. Recommendations will be sent to you with your final tour documentation
  • Travel insurance or personal expenses
  • Bike rental. Road Bikes from $194 USD per person for the duration of the tour. Trek Domane or Trek Emonda, based on size needed. Hybrid Bikes from $138 USD per person for the duration of this tour. Includes helmet, pannier, toolkits, and more! See Equipment page

What to Expect

    • World class wine, stunning scenery, awesome cycling!
    • Activity Level – Leisurely/Moderate
    • Elevation – 4728’ (1441m) Elevation at the top of Colorado National Monument 6640′ (2024m)
    • Daily Distance Options – 14mi – 61mi (23km – 98km)
    • The area is located in the high mountain desert and enjoys a temperate climate, making it ideal for growing grapes and peaches.

Have additional questions? Contact our Colorado bike tour expert at 970-776-0181. Or, send us an email.

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Itinerary

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Day 1 – Arrive in Grand Junction

Welcome to the land of awe-inspiring beauty and dramatic landscapes! Today is your day to unwind and relax. Meet your local representative at 6pm for a bike fitting and to review routes and your GPS system. Then, stroll through charming downtown Grand Junction, full of shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Lodging: Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

Day 2 – Guided Hike – Wedding Canyon to Monument Canyon – 7mi (11km)

This little visited canyon offers fascinating geology and stunning scenery. This trail follows the canyon where John Otto married Beatrice Farnham in 1911, hence the name. Otto first saw the rugged redrock canyons of the Colorado National Monument in 1906. The following year he wrote, “I came here last year and found these canyons, and they feel like the heart of the world to me. I’m going to stay and build trails and promote this place, because it should be a national park.” Climb to the base of the iconic Independence Monument, the signature formation of the Colorado National Monument, have lunch, then descend back to the vehicle.

Breakfast included|Lodging: Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

Day 3 – Grand Junction to Palisade – 18mi – 40mi (29km – 64km)

Indulge your appetite for supreme wines, incomparable cycling, and discover the true beauty of the region! Today you’ll pedal along the Riverfront Trail and into the heart of Colorado Wine Country. This area of the Grand Valley is known for beautiful farmlands, orchards heavy with peaches and award-winning Colorado wine. Cycle down quiet country roads as you meander past rows of trellised grape vines. Visit farm country produce stands at quaint, roadside markets. Linger at one of the 30 local wineries.

Breakfast included|Elevation: +840’/-627’| Maximum Grade: 8.3%| Average Grade: -0.2%|Lodging: Wine Country Inn

Optional ride: Cycle the Colorado National Monument, nicknamed “Tour of the Moon” due to its unique landscape. The Colorado National Monument was one of the most famous stages of the legendary Coors International Bicycle Classic and was featured in the Kevin Costner film American Flyers. Cycle past towering monoliths and vast plateaus and canyons. You’ll twist and turn as you ride along the red rock canyons of Rim Rock Drive. Breathtaking, spectacular and “super awesome” are just some of the adjectives that describe this challenging and classic ride. This ride is best suited to more experienced cyclists as you will climb 2600′. But, what goes up must come down, and it’s an exhilarating ride down from the top!

Elevation: +3137’/-3138’| Maximum Grade: 22.9%| Average Grade: -0.4%

Day 4 – Cycle Wine Country – Private lunch, winery tour and tasting – 5 – 40 mi (8km – 64km)

Continue your journey through Colorado Wine Country! Enjoy a private wine tasting, tour and lunch in the heart of the wine production facility, surrounded by wine barrels. Your private tour and tasting guide will describe each wine including taste profile, production notes, grape heritage, and food pairing suggestions. At certain times of the year, we may taste straight from the barrel, giving you the opportunity to taste younger wines that are still in the aging process. Optional excursions available, including a a river float, SUP (Stand-up Paddle Boarding) or hiking. Please contact us for information on booking optional excursions.

Breakfast included|Lodging: Wine Country Inn

Day 5 – Departure

You have the option today of riding back to Grand Junction this morning. If needed, we can arrange a transfer. If you prefer not to ride, there are optional excursions available, including a a river float, SUP (Stand-up Paddle Boarding) or hiking. Please contact us for information on booking optional excursions.

Breakfast included|Lodging: N/A

Dates and Prices

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Price Per person based on double occupancy, 2 participants: From $1591 USD/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy 4 participants: From $1511 USD/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy 6 participants: From $1431 USD/person

Single Supplement: From $594 USD

The starting at price is based on the lowest price available to book. Prices may vary due to hotel availability. Request Your Date to receive exact pricing.

Dates: This tour departs any date, subject to hotel availability, from April, May, August, September, early-October. As a self-guided trip this offers total freedom of dates – you can choose whatever dates you wish. Larger groups enjoy more savings. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date.

Optional upgrades

Bike Rental: Road bikes are available for rent from $194 USD for the duration of the tour. Hybrid bikes are available from $138 USD for the hybrid for the duration of the tour. See Bikes & Gear tab. GPS included, 1 per 2 persons. Bike rentals include helmet, pannier, handlebar bag, toolkits, and more! See Equipment page.

Pre or post tour nights: Available in Denver, Grand Junction or Palisade for an additional supplement.

Accommodations

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

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  • Upscale lodging and gracious hospitality await you in the heart of wine country! Two Rivers Winery & Chateau boasts the architecture, décor and feel of a French country chateau. Nestled between the gateways of the Colorado National Monument, get ready for spectacular views from the veranda. Located in the Redlands area of Grand Junction, the inn is just minutes from downtown.

 

Wine Country Inn, Palisade

TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Winner

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  • Nestled among a 21-acre vineyard, Wine Country Inn offers a serene setting and spectacular views of the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa. Grapes from the vineyard are crushed and bottled as their signature label wine. The Victorian-style hotel is adjacent to two wineries within easy cycling distance. Complimentary afternoon wine tastings, porches with rocking chairs and a heated seasonal pool make this the perfect setting to unwind following a day of cycling. “Life tastes good here!”

Getting Here

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Your arrival city is Grand Junction, CO, located approximately 243 miles west of Denver, CO. Your departure city is Palisade, CO, located approximately 13 miles from Grand Junction, CO.

 

Flights:

Taxi:

  • Taxi service is available from Grand Junction Regional Airport

Train:

Rental Cars:

  • Rental cars are available from both Denver International Airport and Grand Junction Regional Airport

Service between Palisade and Grand Junction:

  • Included in tour price

Bike Shipping:

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Bikes

Colorado National Monument Self-guided Bike & Guided Hike

Bike rental options for this tour:


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– From $194 USD per person for the duration of the tour. Trek Domane or Trek Emonda, based on size needed. Helmet included; specific pedals upon request. See Equipment page for additional inclusions.

Other Bike Rental Options:
Hybrid Bikes – From $138 USD per person for the duration of this tour. Trek, Bianci or Biria, based on size needed. Helmet included, pump, lock. See Equipment page for additional inclusions.

from $1591 Per Person

Double Occupancy
Group Discounts

GROUP DISCOUNTS

We do offer group discounts. Traveling with as little as 4 people can lower the price.  Discounts and prices very per trip.  Be sure to check out the Dates & Prices section for group discount information for your trip or ask us when you book.

Give us a call at 970-776-0181 or book a trip online.

LODGING:

Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, Wine Country Inn

BEST TIMES:
Apr
May
Jun
Sep
ACTIVITY LEVEL:

Leisurely/Moderate

DURATION:

5 days/4 nights

DAILY DISTANCE OPTIONS:

14mi – 61mi (23km – 98km)

START - END:

Start in Grand Junction, CO
End in Palisade, CO

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