Past Events: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2011
Kalispell, MT to Albuquerque, NM
Arrive: Kalispell Monday, September 1st
16 riding days 1,672 miles 78,000' climbing
Costs for Ridge of the Rockies Tour
under 20 riders cost is $3800 double occupany
between 21-24 riders cost is $3600 double occupancy
between 25-28 cost is $3300 double occupancy
between 29-32 cost is $3100 double occupancy
between 33-36 cost is $2995 double occupancy
over 37 riders cost is $2850 double occupancy
Single supplement is an addtional $1000
$500 non refundable deposit required at registration
The Ridge of the Rockies is a very mountainous route with long climbs and great descents. We cross many major passes and the Continental Divide in six states. This will be a wonderful time of year to ride through the mountains. There is an option to arrive 1 or 2 days early and enjoy a nice ride through Glacier National Park or to the Canadian Border on your own.
The Ridge of the Rockies is the oldest PAC Tour ride that is still being offered. This tour averages about 40 riders per tour. This event has traveled in each direction depending on the season, sometimes starting near Mexico and sometimes near Canada. This year starting near Canada in September provides good temperatures on our route south.
We begin in Kalispell, MT located fifty miles south of the Canadian border. We follow along the valley of Flathead Lake. This is one of the longest mileage day but also one of the flattest. The dense forests are good places to spot deer or bear crossing the road.
The days across Montana are some of the most scenic with many postcard-quality rivers and mountain views. Each day has notable climbing as we cross the mountains of the Continental Divide region. The roads are good with rideable shoulders and moderate tourist traffic.
The fourth day we stay in West Yellowstone, MT--home of Yellowstone Bear World. The fifth day is a rest day in West Yellowstone; just outside the west gate of the park.
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Depart: Saturday, Sept. 20th from Albuquerque
Rest Days in West Yellowstone and Jackson - There will be no meals provided on the rest days. These rest days offer riders an opportunity to visit the national parks on their own. The cost to enter the park and all meals that day are not included. PAC Tour vehicles are not allowed in the National Parks.
On day six, we continue south to Jackson, WY along the west side of the Grand Teton mountains. Day seven is a rest day in Jackson where riders can shop or visit local musuems. Leaving Jackson on day 8, our route crosses famous pioneer trails from the mid 1800s. We traverse the Oregon Trail, Bozeman Trail and Lander cutoff.
Day 10 is one of our toughest, but very scenic. We ride through the Flaming Gorge with steep climbs that reward riders with cliff side overlooks of red rock walls. You will understand why this tour is called the Ridge of the Rockies and recommended for riders who like to climb mountains. Vernal, Utah home of the dinosauer musuem and oil companies. Our five days in Colorado the mountains are taller and the passes are higher. We will average one major climb over 10,000 feet elevation each of these days. Some riders consider this the best cycling of the tour. The climb over Grand Mesa heading toward Montrose is a classic ride with a good mix of mountains and farms. Equally spectacular are passes near Ouray, Silverton and Durango. These are the heart of the Rocky Mountains with constant steep climbs and fast descents.
In 1598 Juan de Onate de Salazar traveled this region and founded Santa Fe. He came north along the Rio Grande and opened the Camino Real trade route from Mexico. This was the first "Super Highway" in America traveling north from Mexico into the Indian regions of New Mexico. He also discovered the Turquoise Trail that connected Santa Fe with Albuquerque.
We stay near the town square in Old Sante Fe, seeing the history of over 400 years of Spanish settlement. The terrain changes from towering peaks to tan and brown southwest desert hills, but each day still holds about 4,000' of climbing every 100 miles.
Our final days in New Mexico brings into play the customs of the Indian culture. Ending the tour in Old Albuquerque with dinner on the square is perfect!
Ridge of the Rockies September, 2014