• The Route •

Thursday July 29 - Durango to Ouray - 74 Miles - 6985 ft*
Friday July 30 - Ouray to Telluride - 48 Miles - 3870 ft*
Saturday July 31 - Telluride to Dolores - 60 Miles - 1422 ft*
Sunday August 1 - Dolores to Durango - 56 Miles - 2200 ft*

* Estimation of Elevation Gain

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Ride Highlights

Perhaps one of the most well-known cycling towns in the West, Durango has become a reputable hub for all things recreational. Cyclists in particular have flocked to this paradise of bike shops and grand scenery. It’s the perfect place for the Colorado Peace Ride to begin.

Animas Valley
Cyclists shoot out of Durango and begin to climb the route along the Animas River, which winds through aspen groves and quickly changing views of nearby peaks. A view of Needle Mountains is one of the ride’s most breathtaking scenes.

Coal Bank Pass
Sitting pretty at 10,640 feet, Coal Bank Pass is the Peace Ride’s first major pass, and it is one of the ride’s steepest sections, gaining 1,800 feet in 6 miles. Cyclists are rewarded with sweeping vistas of the San Juan Mountains, and Engineer Mountain is in clear view at the summit. Afterwards, cyclists enjoy a rapid descent before the climb to Molas Pass.

Molas Pass
Not as arduous as the climb up to Coal Bank Pass, the steep climb heading to Molas Pass tops out at 10,899 feet with views of Snowdon Peak and seemingly endless vistas of the San Juan Mountains. Once over the hump, a fast, seven mile descent offers numerous open views of Silverton.

Silverton has roots as a mining town during the gold and silver rush. Now registered as a Historic National Landmark, the town features a rich history with museums, Victorian architecture and a distinct “old town” feel.

Million Dollar Highway
The next portion of the Peace Ride navigates the legendary “million dollar highway,” named after the rich ore that was found when the highway was first built. The climb from Silverton to Ouray begins gradually until steep switchbacks up to the pass. A fast and winding descent into Ouray then affords a number of gorgeous views.

The first major stop on the Peace Ride, picturesque Ouray is nestled in the surrounding mountains. The town itself is known for hot springs, a number of charming shops and little restaurants make up the rest of this quintessential mining town.

Dallas Divide
Another major climb on the Peace Ride is up to the Dallas Divide. The 2,400-foot elevation gain is gradual and steady, with vistas of open space dotted with the fourteeners in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area, one of the area’s most beautiful landscapes.

This mountain gem of a town has been a destination for all sorts of visitors. Cyclists, skiers, snowboarders, hikers and even celebrities have touted Telluride’s inherent charm. Rife with legend and history, the town now has gained a reputation for its bluegrass, jazz, film and wine festivals.

Lizard Head Pass
Departing from Telluride, cyclists then work their way up some 3,500 feet to Lizard Head Pass, soaring above 10,000 feet with alpine meadows and views of Mount Wilson to keep them company. Lizard Head Wilderness stretches to the west for additional views.

Trout Lake, Rico, Dolores River Valley
This section of the Peace Ride takes cyclists through some of the most tranquil scenery in the area. Trout Lake has been a frequent stop for visitors touring the San Juan Scenic Byway. Rico, the midway point between Telluride and Dolores, draws a number of hikers with its surrounding mountains. Past Rico, the meadows and beautiful lakes of the Dolores River Valley comprise the rest of the ride into Dolores.

The quiet town of Dolores seems to bask in the peaceful energy of its surrounding landscape. Dolores is also home to the Sophia Peace Center, the primary beneficiary of the funds raised from the Colorado Peace Ride. Resting in the midst of sublime sunsets and the San Juan Mountains, the Sophia Peace Center truly reflects the serenity and harmony it seeks to create through its work with nonprofit organizations.

The Last Leg
Rolling hills, serene views and no mountain passes make the 60-mile ride into Durango a peaceful finish to the Colorado Peace Ride. Passing through Mancos, the last leg takes cyclists through rolling terrain and beautiful landscapes for a wonderful way to end this epic four-day ride.