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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Do, Treks & Travels, Bicycling | 0 comments

Western Colorado’s Tour of the Moon: A Landscape Like No Other

Western Colorado’s Tour of the Moon: A Landscape Like No Other

by: Kristen Lummis, BravesSkiMom.com Colorado is full of classic road bike rides. Many of them involve difficult mountain passes and extreme altitude. The Tour of the Moon over Colorado National Monument ride is different. There are no mountain passes, just a winding steep road carved out of sheer sandstone walls. For thirty-three miles, this road, known as Rimrock Drive, skirts canyon rims, winds among pinyon and juniper forests and offers otherworldly views of red rock monoliths and the Grand Valley below. The Tour of the Moon tops out at an altitude of 6,640 feet and while this moderate height won’t leave you gasping for air, it isn’t an easy ride either.  No matter which way you ride the Monument (as it is locally known), you’re in for a significant climb. But with three seasons of wildflowers and a symphony of canyon wrens to accompany you on your way, the Tour is guaranteed to take your breath away. The Coors Classic and the Tour of the Moon Between 1980 and 1988,...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Do, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Classic Rides: The Colorado National Monument’s Tour of the Moon

Classic Rides: The Colorado National Monument’s Tour of the Moon

As we saw from the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Colorado is full of classic road bike rides. Many of them involve difficult mountain passes and extreme altitude. The Colorado National Monument ride is different. Located on the northeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau on the far western side of the state, Colorado National Monument offers two-wheeled visitors endless vistas of dramatic red rock canyons and monoliths, pinyon-juniper forests, three seasons of wildflowers and a symphony of canyon wrens on most any given day. The ride isn’t easy. No matter which way one rides the Monument (as it is locally known), it involves a significant climb. But with a top altitude of only 6,640 feet, a total vertical gain of 2300 feet, and a round-trip distance of 33 miles, this ride won’t leave you gasping for air. The Tour of the Moon For eight glorious years, between 1980 and 1988, the Monument was the location of the “Tour of The Moon,” one of the most famous stages of the Coors...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Do, Kids, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Getting Outside: Family Hiking on The Colorado National Monument

Getting Outside: Family Hiking on The Colorado National Monument

My niece was visiting us last week. She lives in the Denver area and we live on Colorado’s Western Slope. She is 8 years old, full of energy and loves to be outdoors. So do I. So on a cool Saturday, despite the threat of rain, my mom and I took her hiking on the Colorado National Monument. Here is our report from the Devil’s Kitchen Trail. 1. Lots of Prickly Pear Blossoms. As the mother of boys, I am used to spotting lizards, oohing and ahhing over cool rocks, and recognizing unique shapes and uses for twigs and sticks. My niece pointed out the varying colors of the cactus blooms….and spotted lizards. Sticks and rocks, not so much. 2. Plenty of Room to Run. And run she did. She ran, she balanced, she climbed and she skipped. An open trail, a pleasant day and nothing to do but enjoy being alive in the splendor of nature. 3. Time to Practice Trail Boss Skills. My niece is a second...

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