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Colorado Motorcycle Rides in the Durango Area

If you’re looking for a truly unique vacation getaway, download our "Great Motorcycle Rides of the Four Corners" planning guide and start planning your motorcycle vacation in Durango.

Located just a few scenic hours from most Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest cities, getting to Durango by motorcycle is a breeze and offers you the opportunity to experience the storied “purple mountains majesty” of Colorado up close and personal. Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the Durango Area offers the most spectacular motorcycle riding in the country.

In Durango, you can be on your bike and riding down winding mountain roads, over steep passes, and through deep valleys in minutes. Along the way, stop at the numerous motorcycle-friendly towns that dot the mountain landscape and enjoy unique restaurantscharming hotels, and thrilling events in Durango and the surrounding area. On a motorcycle vacation in Durango, you’ll enjoy miles of curves and uninterrupted riding through one of the most celebrated landscapes in the U.S.

Be sure to bring your camera and plan to stay a few extra days, as the scenery in the Southwest Colorado area is second to none. Watch in awe as the pristine views roll by during a leisurely ride down the “Million Dollar Highway”, a 70-mile stretch of motorcycling bliss that was recently voted the #4 ride in the US by the American Motorcycle Association, and experience over 165 turns and three majestic, 10,000-ft. mountain passes within 100 miles.

The snowcapped peaks of the San Juan National Forest greet riders throughout most of the summer, and the Durango area in autumn is simply spectacular as the hillsides explode with changing colors, while the crisp mountain air makes for exhilarating fall motorcycle rides. Wildlife is abundant in Durango, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph the native flora and fauna as you wind your way through the San Juan Mountains. During your ride keep an eye out for the elusive big horn ram that makes its home around Coal Bank Pass!

Don’t forget to bring your camping gear during your stay. Relax in the splendor of the San Juan wilderness at one of Southwest Colorado’s 12 national parks, all within a leisurely motorcycle ride from downtown Durango. Camp beneath the expansive Colorado skies, or stop to stretch your legs while drinking in the panoramic views.

The motorcycling in Durango is red hot, particularly during the summer months. In addition to the great rides in Durango, the area is host to the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally and Ignacio Bike Week as well as countless seasonal events that offer live music, unique vendors, spectacular food, and the camaraderie that only those with a love of the open road share.

Contact the Durango Area Tourism Office at 1-800-525-8855 to learn more about the incredible motorcycle rides in Colorado, and start planning your vacation to Durango today! Let our local travel expert help you plan the perfect motorcycle trip to Durango and we’ll see you out on the road!


Durango Area Tourism Office | 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-3500
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