Cycling The Elk River Valley
It’s a secret to many, but it's gospel to avid cyclists: the Elk River Road (CR129) which meanders by our driveway, is a gateway into some of the finest cycling in the country. If you are a cyclist, and you want to add some cycling adventure to your next Home Ranch vacation, let us arrange rental of a premium road bike from Orange Peel Bicycle Service in Steamboat. Begin your vacation cycling one of the prettiest landscapes in North America - on the saddle of some of the world’s finest high-performance road bikes. You can choose full-day, or weekly rental of choice bikes. Below we outline a few choice cycling routes that begin immediately at the end of our driveway. Peruse each route - and if you'd like us to arrange for a road bike to be waiting for you upon your arrival, just give us a call at 970.879.1780 and we will have it ready for you.
Excellent Rides From The Ranch
The Elk River Road (CR 129) leads to hundreds of miles of challenging, exceptional cycling – potentially taking you to the Wyoming border if you are so inclined. Pedal the Elk River or Seedhouse roads right from your vacation home on the ranch and you will be rewarded with miles and miles of Western Alpine vistas: wildflower-strewn meadows, grazing horses and cattle, Aspen-flanked Sand Mountain, the soaring Elkhead range, postcard-perfect Hahn’s peak, stellar Steamboat Lake, and the rushing Elk River. Popular routes include 25-mile out and backs, mixed-dirt touring, epic hill climbs, and rushing downhills.
COLUMBINE OUT AND BACK ROUTE: 24 MILES
This asphalt-surface ride North towards Hahn's Peak village, Steamboat Lake, and historic Columbine features an abrupt rise in elevation with gorgeous Alpine scenery, some long climbs and some fast descents. Just take a right at the end of the Home Ranch driveway and head North. Continue past Hahn's Peak village until you come to the tiny village of Columbine. Return the way you came. A beautiful ride and a great workout.
SEEDHOUSE ROAD OUT AND BACK: 14 MILES
This is a peaceful, moderate asphalt-surface ride that follows the Elk River to the end of Seedhouse Road. Ride from the ranch to the end of our driveway. Take a right and head North on the Elk River Road, over the Elk River Bridge, to the fork at Seedhouse Road. Go right on Seedhouse Road and ride along the Elk River until the road ends.
STEAMBOAT LAKE LOOP: 20.5 MILES ASPHALT AND PACKED GRAVEL
A challenging loop on asphalt and packed gravel with very little traffic and gorgeous ranch and Alpine scenery, this route appeals to serious cyclists who want to ride on mixed surfaces. The loop begins at the Clark Store. At the Clark Store, turn right on Cottonwood Pass Road (CR 62). Ride past our very own Murphy-Larsen Ranch, do the big climb up Red Creek Ridge, and continue North towards Steamboat Lake. You can extend the ride by continuing on Elk River Road (CR 129) for few more miles (5 miles/8 km) beyond Hahns Peak (all uphill) until you reach the small town of Columbine.
How To Reserve A Premium Road Bike For Your Home Ranch Vacation
Our Special Rental Arrangements With Orange Peel Bicycle Service in Steamboat Springs
If you are going to be riding some of Colorado’s best road biking terrain, we've arranged for you to do it on one of Colorado’s finest road bikes. We've set-up for daily or weekly rentals of the legendary, hand-crafted, Vamoots CR road bike, made by Steamboat’s own custom bicycle builders, Moots. Exquisite attention has been paid to every detail of this titanium frame bike to provide you with the uncompromising performance typically reserved for the most competitive road racers. (Rent one for a week and the price of your rental can be applied to your purchase.) Discerning cyclists can also choose from some of the best rides that Europe has to offer—the Onix made in Spain by Orbea, the Orion made in Belgium by Ridley, or the Extro made in Italy by Ciocc.
Premium Road Bike Rental Rates Moots—Vamoots CR:
Full-day $70; Consecutive days $45; Weekly $275
Orbea, Ridley, and Ciocc Bikes:
Full-day $55; Consecutive days $35; Weekly $200 All rental reservations include helmets, locks, and repair kits. All demo costs can be applied to the purchase of a new bike.
About Orange Peel Bicycle Service
Founded in 1999, this funky Yampa Street Icon dubbed the “Cone” has a long cycling history, as former home of Sore Saddle Cyclery and Moots Cycles. Today, you’ll find the same character, top products, and awesome service led by former U.S. elite racer and owner Brock Webster. Orange Peel is Steamboat’s only bikes-only bike shop. They carry top cross country and road bikes from such brands as Moots, Salsa, BMC, Ellsworth and Orbea. Call them directly at 970-879-2957 or visit their website at www.orangepeelbikes.com