City Escape: Denver, Colorado

Text: Joseph E. Trey • Photography: Joseph E. Trey

Dual sport Colorado in a day! The twisty paved roads of Jarre Canyon connect to the sandy forest of Rampart Range and return you to pavement among the stunning rock formations of the Garden of the Gods before soaring 14,115 paved feet of elevation on Pikes Peak. Ride June through October, barring freak storms!

Length

Approximately 184 miles

Meet-up spot

O’Brien’s Café, 5585 Hwy 85, Sedalia, CO, (303) 688-4672.

Scenery (5 out of 5)

Historic towns among wooded areas combined with breathtaking panoramas from atop Pikes Peak, North America’s most visited mountain summit.

Traffic (4 out of 5)

Light, but can be congested at the entrance of Rampart Range. It quickly thins out a couple of miles in.

Difficulty (2 out of 5)

Limited sightlines and tight curves with optional, more challenging detours. A great way to get comfortable riding in sand.

Road conditions (3 out of 5)

Conditions on Rampart Range Road vary based on rain, or lack thereof, with either packed washboard or loose sand.

Lunch stop

Wines of Colorado offers creekside dining with great burgers and local liquids. 8045 US 24, Cascade, CO, (719) 684-0900, www.winesofcolorado.com.

Attractions

1. Garden of the Gods 
Colorado Springs, www.gardenofgods.com

2. Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Springs, www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com

3. Cave of the Winds 
Colorado Springs, www.caveofthewinds.com

4. Miramont Castle Museum
Manitou Springs, www.miramontcastle.org

5. Pikes Peak
Manitou Springs, www.pikes-peak.com/Page/122.aspx

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