This bucket list ride incorporates the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway and encircles several national monuments. Go Big or Go Home is a nearly century road ride that takes you through McElmo Canyon and past Hovenweep National Monument before circling back to Cortez. Along the way, you may see cliff dwellings, rock art and pottery shards.

(138.89 km)

 

Skill Level

Expert

Elevation gain

Travel Tips

  • While beautiful, there is a lack of shoulder on McElmo Canyon and riders must be cautious.
  • The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores offers background and interpretive information about the Anasazi (the “Ancient Ones”).
  • All archaeological and historic sites and artifacts are protected by Federal law, please do not disturb sites.
  • Ride bikes only on the road and designated routes to prevent damage to the ecosystem and lower elevation cryptogamic soils.

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