Iconic First Look: Telluride To Durango

Trip Overview


Every new trip starts as an idea - over dinner, happy hour, while perched on top of a mountain somewhere or bombing down an incredible mountain bike trail.  The next step as an adventure travel company is to bring that idea to life through detailed research, phone calls to local experts, and multiple trips on location to ride the routes and check out the accommodations.  Finally it is time to run the inaugural trip, and the first-run always tends to come up with a few surprises - a road closed for construction, a berry crumble that just doesn't want to rise, or a trail that seemed a lot easier when you rode it the first time.  The Iconic planning team has so much fun running these inaugural trips that we thought it was time to invite a select few to join us with special pricing to help us work through the "kinks" - you get the same extraordinary service and the same incredible experience that every Iconic trip offers, and odds are you won't even know that it is our first time out!


This first-look trip costs $775 per person. 


This trip is rated Intermediate to Advanced.


Your trip price includes the following:
  • All meals, snacks and drinks on trip, including alcohol
  • All transportation on trip
  • Luggage and gear transfer between campgrounds
  • Transportation from Durango to back to Steamboat 
  • All campground accommodations
  • All entry feea and permits
  • 2 Iconic guides
Not included: personal or rental bikes, personal tents and gear and personal supplements.



Guests arrive in Telluride.

Starting on the Bear Creek Trail we ride a short distance through town to the Telluride resort gondola station, where we load the gondola and continue up and over to Mountain Village Center.  Our path meanders through the village to Jurassic Trail and on to Meadow Trail.  After crossing Rt. 623 we finally make our way to Galloping Goose Trail.  The GGT provides ample views of snowy mountaintops and frolicking wildlife. This scenic trail guides you over 20 footbridges, past historical landmarks and through the deep gullies of Uncompahgre National Forest—some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery. We climb gradually ~2,200 vertical feet around Trout Lake and up to Lizard Head Pass at 10,222ft.  Our day wraps up with a couple of couple miles to our camp for the night.  20 miles

East Fork Trail to Colorado Trail is our target for today. The EFT is a beautiful single track trail that really brings you face to face with the grand San Juan Mountains. The trail follows the Dolores River and can often be wet and rooty, so be prepared for some creek crossing and really fun technical riding. We ride the trail through the rolling green meadows and dense evergreens to Bolam Pass where we spend the next two nights at a pristine camp on the Colorado Trail neighboring a cool mountain pond that may present the adventurous type a brisk little swim.  Optional out and back today on the Colorado trail to Black Hawk Pass at 12,402 ft can turn the day from incredible to epic!  15+ miles and an additional 15+ with the out and back

We start the day by riding a mix of double and single track on Relay Creek Rd to our lunch spot. Once we have re-fueled we head to Durango Mountain Resort where the first ever UCI world championships were held in 1990. We will take a lap on this super fun historic cross country course. We can spin our legs out with an easy 2 miles on the road to Sig Creek Campground. 20+ miles

Hermosa Creek Trail, DMR to Durango: This trail is considered to be one of Colorado’s best rides. The trend to Durango is generally downhill , descending ~3000 feet of elevation. However, this is no walk in the park. Hermosa has it all, its fast, rocky, wet, and incredibly scenic. Consider the option of riding into town and possibly finishing at Trimble Hot Springs to really cap off the week.  18 miles
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