Long course

(153.4 km)

Skill Level


Elevation gain

Short course

(46 km)

Skill Level


Elevation gain - Short route


Choose a route that works for you on the Ride of the Ancients. These rides through the San Juan National Forest are perfect for your inner gravel lover, and especially those of you who like to climb! The expert route is 95.3 miles with an elevation gain of 7,343 feet and the intermediate route is 28.6 miles with a gain of 2,196 feet.

Canyons of the Ancients is less visited than Mesa Verde National Park, with no shortage of Puebloan artifacts and archaeological sites. These gravel routes take you near several fascinating sites. The southern and western areas of the park feature dispersed camping sites, making this a great area for bike packing, especially in early spring.

Travel Tips

Thanks for the tips, Pedal the Peaks!

  • If you plan to explore some of the historic sites along the way (highly recommended!) make sure to bring a lock to secure your bike when the road ends and the trail starts
  • 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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