Ride-In™ Self Guided Rides

The ride team for the 2017 Ride-In™ has prepared a dozen different rides for your enjoyment. Below are short descriptions with maps linked to help you in planning your event experience.

Bent’s Old Fort

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William and Charles Bent, along with Ceran St. Vrain, built the original fort on this site in 1833 to trade with plains Indians and trappers. The adobe fort quickly became the center of the Bent, St.Vrain Company’s expanding trade empire that included Fort St.Vrain to the north and Fort Adobe to the south, along with company stores in Mexico at Taos and Santa Fe. The primary trade was with the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians for buffalo robes. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. The fort provided explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army a place to get needed supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water and company, rest and protection in this vast “Great American Desert.” During the war with Mexico in 1846, the fort became a staging area for Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny’s “Army of the West”. Disasters and disease caused the fort’s abandonment in 1849. Archeological excavations and original sketches, paintings and diaries were used in the fort’s reconstruction in 1976.

Bishop Castle

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For nearly 60 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing one of the most impressive monuments to perseverance in Colorado. Bishop castle is a monumental statue in stone and iron that cries loud testament to the beauty and glory of not only Having a Dream, but Sticking with your Dream no matter what, and most importantly, that if you do believe in yourself and strive to maintain that belief, anything can happen! Three full stories of interior rooms complete with a Grand Ballroom, soaring towers and bridges with vistas of a hundred miles, and a Fire-Breathing Dragon make the Bishop Castle quite the unforgettable experience! Visitors are always welcome free of charge, and the castle itself is always open.
Breckenridge, Colorado

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Founded in 1859 by a small group of prospectors, the town’s Gold Rush brought droves of settlers seeking their fortunes. Though not all found gold, each discovered the beauty of the Tenmile Range and the bounty of surrounding mountain landscape. The town also has one of the largest historic districts in the state of Colorado, with more than 200 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. This ride along Hwy 24 to 9 and into Breckenridge offers a variety of scenery.
Cripple Creek

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The drive from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek is one of the most beautiful drives in the west taking you from Colorado Springs through Ute Pass and Woodland Park (city above the clouds) and along Highway 67 into Cripple Creek. Wild donkeys roam through town. Be prepared for weather changes.
Deckers, Colorado 

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From Colorado Springs through Woodland Park and onto Highway 67 into Deckers is a motorcycle rider favorite with its vast scenery, twists and turns and the Deckers stop where it meets Highway 126 you will find many other riders stop for a bite to eat, or ice cream and to sit along the Platte River. You can continue up 126 into Pine Junction. The Bucksnort Saloon is a local favorite watering hole in the town of Sphinx just outside Pine
Highway of Legends

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You may not find the answers on the Highway of Legends, but you will enjoy the dramatic settings that have inspired tall tales among Native American nomads, Spanish explorers, and Anglo and Hispanic settlers for hundreds of years. From the impenetrable heights of the Sangre de Cristos and Spanish Peaks to the ominous redrock abutments of the Dakota Wall and the Devil’s Stairsteps, this land is truly larger than life. 82 miles long it runs between La Veta and Trinidad. Either start point has its own unique views.
Paint Mines Calhan, Colorado

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The paint mines have evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. The colorful clays were used by Native Americans. The park features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos that were formed through erosive action that created incised gullies and exposed layers of selenite clay and jasper.
Pueblo Riverwalk

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Explore The Riverwalk located in beautiful downtown Pueblo, Colorado. Learn about the history of Pueblo and the 1921 flood while riding one of the excursion boats. Walk the 1 mile long channel and explore the art and history.
Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the sub-alpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top! Ride the Peak to Peak Highway through Golden, Nederland and into Estes Park for a breathtaking journey.
Salida, Colorado

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The Colorado mountain town of Salida sits in the middle of the state, literally in the “Heart of the Rockies,” about 2 hours from Colorado Springs. Located in central Colorado in the Upper Arkansas River Valley the ride from Colorado Springs along Highway 50 and the Arkansas River has many spectacular views. Salida has more than a dozen 14,000 foot tall mountain peaks surpassing all other Colorado regions
Sand Dunes, Mosca, CO

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. Many visitors are surprised at the huge size and diversity of this park, and wish they had planned more time. Plan to experience at least two or three ecosystems during your stay to have the most fulfilling visit. In summer, plan your dunes time for early morning or evening to avoid burned feet, heat exhaustion, or lightning strikes. Fees: Motorcycle and Rider $10 for 7 days. Cars $15 for 7 days
Tiny Town Morrison, Colorado

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Tiny Town & Railroad is a miniature village containing over 100 1/6 scale buildings and a 15 in gauge miniature railway close to Morrison, Colorado. Adults $5 and $2 for the train.