SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

Colorado’s most beautiful road bike ride, from the pristine mountain air of Telluride, CO to the red dusted landscape of Gateway, CO. Join us for the 14th Annual Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 

Cyclists depart Telluride, riding past towering 14,000-foot peaks and descend parallel to the San Miguel River. A short climb at mile 28 leaves riders at the summit of Norwood Hill, overlooking miles of ranches, farmlands and the La Sal Mountains. From Norwood, the ride continues through Naturita, Nucla and Uravan and winds further along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway past the brilliant Hanging Flume. Riders will pass millions of years of history, geology and ancient lands. The route meanders along the Dolores River at the base of thousand-foot red sandstone walls into the sleepy town of Gateway, CO. Most participants choose to end their 100 or 70-mile ride here, but another 15-mile hill climb is available for those pushing their limits. Eight aid stations along the route provide snacks, water and a generous dose of support for riders.

The ride concludes at the Gateway Community Center with food by La Cocina de Luz, live music by the famous Paradox Bluegrass Band, beer and a comprehensive silent auction. The location is conducive for cyclists to relax and family and friends to hang out. The food is delicious and a perfect cap to a fun-filled day. The event offers transportation back to Telluride and Norwood and discounted lodging options in Naturita, Telluride, Montrose and Grand Junction.

Registration includes participation in the ride, aid stations and supplies along the route, support vehicles and SAG wager, event water bottle, event SWAG bag, snacks and after party. For questions, registration help and volunteer opportunities email or call 970.729.1372.


Ride Route Options


Norwood to Gateway – 72 Miles

Norwood to Gateway with Hill Climb – 101 Miles

Telluride to Gateway – 104 Miles

Telluride to Gateway with Hill Climb – 132 Miles​


View maps and elevation profiles here.

View lodging options and logistics here.
​Register here.