San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

Riding the range takes on new meaning as you explore the wide-open spaces and mystical landscape of Colorado’s San Luis Valley on bike and horseback. Ride the High Desert Horseback Riding & Biking takes you into the heart of the high mountain desert region, where vast plains and mesas stand in stark contrast to the rugged peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Cycle the “ancient roads” of the Los Caminos Antiguos Byway, and traverse the area that served as the gateway to Spanish Explorers. Then saddle up and ride some of the 60,000 acres of open range on horseback, providing you with the unique opportunity to view bands of wild mustangs in their natural habitat.

  • 5 days/4 nights
  • Best time to travel: May, June, July, August, September, October, subject to availability
  • Start & end in the San Luis Valley, Colorado
  • Lodging: Spotted Fever Ranch
  • Activity Level – Leisurely/Moderate
  • Daily Distance Options – 16mi to 42mi (26km – 67km)
  • Pre or post nights available in Denver or at guest ranch
  • Due to the exclusive nature of this vacation, maximum capacity is 6 guests
  • Price starting at $1354 USD, double occupancy

What’s Included

  • Handpicked accommodations at an exclusive guest ranch for 4 nights
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Beverages
  • 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 representatives
  • 1 day of guided horseback riding and wild mustang viewing
  • 2 days of cycling through panoramic scenery
  • Transfers to/from Cucharas Pass
  • Emergency and technical support by our local representative
  • Complimentary At Your Pace – Freestyle Cycling Adventures water bottle and luggage tag
  • Bike rental available! Includes helmet, pannier, toolkits, and more! See Equipment page

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare or other transportation to and from the tour. Ask your San Luis Valley tour expert for recommendations
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Travel insurance & personal expenses
  • Bike rental available.

Optional Upgrades

  • Denver, or San Luis Valley pre or post nights
  • Custom tours
  • This program is 2 1/2 days of riding, but other nearby activities can easily be added, including any of the following:
    • Additional road riding days
    • Hiking the Great Sand Dunes National Monument

    What to Expect

      • Mystical landscapes, Western hospitality, the trip of a lifetime!
      • Activity Level – Leisurely/Moderate (If you choose to ride to the top of Cucharas Pass, the level for that ride is Advanced)
      • Elevation – 7730’ (2356m) Total elevation at the top of Cucharas Pass 9945′ (3031m)
      • Daily Distance Options – 16mi to 42mi (26km – 67km)
      • The area is made up of high desert lands and enjoys a temperate climate.

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

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San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

Day 1 – Arrival in San Luis Valley

Spotted Fever Ranch, a private, working guest ranch is your home for the duration of your trip. Your stay at the ranch is exclusive – you will not share your time with other guests. Take time this afternoon to tour the ranch and view the many Texas Longhorn cattle and paint horses that roam the property. Or, relax and sip a glass of wine in The Trophy Room. This is your opportunity to go back in time and experience life at a slower pace.
Dinner included

Day 2 – San Luis Valley Loop – 16mi – 32mi (26km – 51km)

Journey into history as you cross the paths of 16th Century Spanish Explorers. Descend into San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado, with 14,000’ foot Culebra Peak as your backdrop. Visit the beautiful Chapel of All Saints and view the inspiring and artistic Shrine of the Stations of the Cross. Savor the flavors of a rustic Southwestern meal. Bask in the afterglow of a day well spent and stargaze under the vast San Luis Valley sky.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 3 – Cucharas Pass – 22mi – 42mi (35km – 67km)

Transfer today to La Veta, Colorado and beautiful Cucharas Pass. Bike roads traveled by Kit Carson, General Freemont and other notable explorers who were responsible for opening the southwestern United States to settlement. Options for today are varied, based on your level of experience. Coast down the Scenic Highway of Legends, once a Native American Trail. Glide past verdant pastures vibrant with wild iris, towering pines, and groves of quaking aspen. Marvel at the Devil’s Stairsteps, giant volcanic rock formations that sit in the shadow of massive peaks.

For those up to the challenge, you can elect to start your trip in La Veta and ride to the top of Cucharas Pass. Activity alert! The ride TO THE TOP of the pass is advanced! Or, ride to the town of Cucharas and stop to enjoy refreshments and visit one of the quaint shops.

Transfer back to the ranch.
Breakfast, Dinner included

Day 4 – Horseback Riding and Wild Mustang Viewing

Switch saddles and set out for an authentic western experience. Wind along the Rio Grande River in your quest to view wild mustangs, view nesting Golden Eagles, and verify rumors that John Wayne is still on location, filming one last movie. Roam wide-open prairies, and crest rolling hills. Enjoy lunch on the open range under infinite skies as you take in panoramic views of this high desert valley from every angle.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Day 5 – Departure

If time allows, take the opportunity to become involved in every-day ranch activities. Participate in moving cattle by horseback, branding and doctoring, or simply relax on the decks and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views.
Breakfast included

Dates and Prices

San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

Starting at $1354 USD per person, double occupancy. 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.

Bike rentals available at great rates! Includes helmet, pannier, toolkits, and more! See Equipment page.

Pre or post tour nights are available in Denver or at the guest ranch.

Travel on the dates that work best for you, with the people you choose! The best months to travel on this Colorado bike tour are May, June, July, August and September. Request Your Date now! We’ll contact hotels for availability and then get back with you to present a no-obligation quote for your consideration.


San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

Spotted Fever Ranch


If mustangs in their natural habitat, Texas Longhorns, and quiet settings appeal to you, you’re in for a treat. Located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, your home for the duration of the tour is a working guest ranch. Only one party is booked at a time, providing you with a personal and unique experience.

Getting Here

San Luis Valley Colorado Multi-sport

The guest ranch is located in San Acacio, CO, approximately 230 miles south of Denver, CO.


Rental Cars:

  • Rental cars are available from all listed airports

Bike Shipping:



If you have 6 or more people who want to do one of our regularly scheduled bike trips, give us a call at 866 464 8735 or book a trip online.

Bring your friends or family and get the following discounts:

  1. 6 – 10 guests receive a 5% discount*
  2. 11 – 15 guests receive

*Certain restrictions apply, please talk with a trip consultant for all the details. Race, Ride Camp, Mountain Bike, River Cruise and Cross Country trips do not receive group

from $1354 Per Person

Double Occupancy


Spotted Fever Ranch




5 days/4 nights


16mi to 42mi (26km – 67km)


Start in San Luis Valley, Colorado
End in San Luis Valley, Colorado

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