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Mountains to the Desert Classic

September 23, 2023


The Mountains to the Desert Classic (M2D) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the primary fundraising event for the Just For Kids Foundation.

Join our beloved local ride, beginning in Telluride or Norwood and finishing in Gateway, Colorado. Whether participants choose to ride 100 or 70 miles, they will experience the full Colorado beauty and grandeur of high mountains to desert terrain. From alpine glow and aspen forests to sandstone cliffs and palisades, participate in this iconic ride to support our San Miguel County communities.

The 20th Anniversary Ride will be better than ever – saddle up with your friends and family and join us for the adventure! We’re aiming for 200 riders and $200K for the 20th year – sign up for M2D 2023 and help us reach our goal!”

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Aerial shot of riders biking through the desert

Group of cyclists rounding the bend

Riding through the desert with cliff bands in background

Ride and Route


Telluride to Palisade Ranch · 133 miles

Telluride to Gateway · 103 Miles

Norwood to Palisade Ranch 103 · Miles

Norwood to Gateway · 73 Miles

More ride details here

Mission: Nonprofit Partners & Beneficiaries


Just For Kids Foundation – The Just For Kids Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) based in Telluride, Colorado, provides essential scholarships, operating grants, program support, capital & start-up funding, and new/updated equipment to deserving youth & youth organizations within the towns of Telluride, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita, Paradox & all points in between. A special focus is placed on projects that offer leadership opportunities and/or promote self-sufficiency & responsibility.


Registration is now open for 2023

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Event Details


Saturday, September 23, 2023


08:00am - 04:00pm


Telluride, CO
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