Go for the Gold
"It is the condensation of all that is beautiful, stupendous, rugged and grand in the majestic Rockies to omit this trip would be an injustice to Colorado and an everlasting regret to yourself."
--From a brochure about the Gold Camp Road written at the turn of the century. Theodore Roosevelt described the Gold Camp Road's beauty as "bankrupting the English language."
This ride is best suited for large groups who want an easy downhill ride. It offers great vistas of Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Canyon, and the eastern plains of Colorado. The 17 mile ride, starting at St. Peters Dome, follows the Gold Camp Road, an old railroad bed used for transporting gold at the turn of the century, from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs. From St. Peters Dome we will begin our descent through beautiful Aspen and pine forests, old railroad tunnels and rock formations that truly do "bankrupt the English language." The road is gravel, which at times can be loose. By most people's mountain bike standards this ride would be considered "easy." To do this entire ride we need four hours. It is easy to shorten to a three hour ride, depending upon the needs of the group.
Go for the Gold
Group Size: 4 to 100
Rating: Easy, great for any size group. More elaborate picnics or barbecues can be arranged with prior notice.
Time: Go for the Gold is a guided tour that departs everyday at 1:00 unless other arrangements have been made. Return time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$80.00 per person
$75.00 four or more
$70.00 for groups of 15 or more
All transportation, 2012/2013 Jamis mountain bikes, all with advanced mega-nine LX rapid fire shifting, Rock Shock front suspension forks, disc brakes and 27 speeds, all weather gear, water bottles, sag support, experienced mountain bike guides, permits, and light refreshments.
This ride is the same as Go For the Gold except that it is self-guided. We only recommend self-guided trips to people who have some mountain biking experience. The good thing about this trip is you can pace yourself, go as slowly or as fast as you want and you don't have to worry about the other folks.
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily.
Return times: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$65.00 per person
$60.00 four or more
$55.00 for groups of 15 and more
Mountain Bikes, helmets, water, weather gear, tool kit, transportation, and a map to get you back to the office.
The Claim Jumper
This ride is the last seven miles of Go For the Gold and is an easy ride for anyone. This tour is self-guided and works well with all age groups.
3:00 p.m. daily.
$45.00 per person
$40.00 four or more
$35.00 or groups of 15 and more