Trail Ridge West: Rocky Mountain National Park
Availability: June-September (weather permitting)
Difficulty of Ride: Easy to Moderate
Length of Ride: 23 miles
Length of Trip: 7-8 hours (full day)
Meeting Time: 7:30 am on Wednesdays
Meeting Place: New Venture Bike Shop
Sorry, No riders under 12 years of age on this ride.
We love this bike ride!. This downhill ride is a wonderful adventure on the "other side" of Rocky Mountain National Park.
We start at Gore Range Overlook, just slightly above 12,000 feet, where this breathtaking view is a great start to any morning! From here, you are led down the west side of Trail Ridge Road, stopping at the Alpine Visitor Center, panoramic overlooks and other points of interest on the way to the Kawunchee Visitors Center.
After some sweet and steep switchbacks, we pull in to the Holzwarth Historic site for lunch. This site is a former ranch that is rich in early Rocky Mountain National Park history. You will have the opportunity to walk around and visit the old cabins that still stand, fun for anyone interested in the history of the park.
After lunch, we proceed on the last leg through Kawuneeche Valley, a perfect place to view moose. We end at the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park where you will have an opportunity to visit the Kawunchee Visitors Center before we drive back to Estes Park. This ride is also perfect for the riders who have ridden with us in the past and want to expand their experience by bike in Rocky.
We are frequently asked why this tour takes longer but is less mileage on the bike. Once we arrive at the Kawuneeche Visitors center, we must travel back to Estes Park in the van, which takes about 1.5 hours and offers more great opportunities for wildlife and scenic viewing.