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12 Days Fully-Guided Colorado to Yellowstone Loop Motorcycle Tour in USA

Aurora, Adam County, Colorado, USA

Adventurous USA Motorcycle Tour

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Join Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring on this 12-day tour, beginning in central Colorado and looping through the mystical Black Hills of South Dakota before swinging through Montana and fantastic Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and returning back to end in central Colorado. Picking up your bike and leaving Aurora, Colorado, you will ride through the rugged prairie beauty of Wyoming and South Dakota and sweep through the hills of South Dakota, before climbing the world-famous passes leading to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, giving you a close-up view of the amazing scenery.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike
  • Mileage: 2,200 miles / 3,700 kilometers
  • Daily rides: between 15 - 458 miles / 25 - 774 kilometers
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Meet the guides

Colin
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Aurora, Colorado
  • Visit the famous Black Hills and cruise through open prairie
  • Experience the thermal wonderland of Yellowstone National Park
  • Ride through world famous National Parks and amazing mountain passes
  • Visit the site of one of the most famous battles in western history
  • Ride through the wild western countryside
  • See America's majestic wildlife up close
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Denver International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various comfortable modern hotels selected by Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring. Please note that the prices are based on twin shared rooms. Private rooms are available with a “single room supplement” of 1,222 USD.

Program

Day 1: Aurora, Colorado (25 miles / 42 kilometers, approximately 0.40 hours riding)

After arriving at Denver International Airport, you’ll be met at the airport and shuttled to your hotel to check in and then to pick up your bike. Today is set aside to allow you to settle in and rest up before the adventure begins tomorrow. The day will include a safety meeting to review road rules and safety requirements and a “Get to know you” dinner.

Day 2: Rapid City, South Dakota (458 miles / 774 kilometers, approximately 7 hours riding)

Leaving your hotel and the city behind you, set out on a long day, riding through wide open prairies, putting you in the middle of the cattle country, famous from the great western movies of last century, stopping along the way to visit major landmarks, from the days when these prairies where crossed by settlers searching for a new life.

Day 3: Rapid City via Mount Rushmore (184 miles / 311 kilometers, approximately 4 hours riding)

Today will take you through the famous Black Hills, stopping for a number of interactive events, experiencing wild animals up close as you cruise alongside bison and other wildlife. Zigzagging through the hills brings you to the early western town of Deadwood before riding back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4: Rapid City - Rest Day (50 miles / 85 kilometers, approximately 0.75 hours riding)

Today is a free day for you to catch up on all those important things like sorting out photos, writing down all the key points of your tour so far, sending postcards to friends and family and even getting that pesky laundry taken care of. Maybe enjoy exploring the local area.

Day 5: Billings (413 miles / 698 kilometers, approximately 6.40 hours riding)

Heading out early, the road takes you to see the intriguing Devils Tower, before cruising a well-maintained road that takes you alongside one of the most famous battlefields in the old west. Stop to visit and soak up the spirit of the location. You will feel the history as you walk in the footsteps of those that fought here.

Day 6: Gardiner (181 miles / 306 kilometers, approximately 3.30 hours riding)

This is a GoPro day with some fantastic riding ahead of you. You will get lost in the moment as you climb through amazing twisting tight corners. Amazing views open skies, and great roads will make this a day to remember. Riding through open country, alongside gentle rivers you will experience free-roaming animals. Keep your cameras handy.

Day 7: Gardiner - Rest Day (50 miles / 85 kilometers, approximately 0.75 hours riding)

Sleep in today and enjoy a rest day for you to catch up on all those important things like sorting out photos, writing down all the key points of your tour so far, sending postcards to friends and family and even getting that bothersome laundry taken care of. Maybe enjoy exploring the local area.

Day 8: Jackson, Wyoming (161 miles / 271 kilometers, approximately 3 hours riding)

Cruise through thermal areas, stopping to view hot mud pools, geysers, and fantastic waterfalls, intermixed with rugged mountains, immense valleys, green forests, and the possibility of seeing free-roaming bison, bears, wolves, and other wild animals.

Day 9: Vernal, Utah (285 miles / 482 kilometers, approximately 4.30 hours riding)

A fun day takes you through the open prairies of Wyoming and back into the Rocky Mountains areas of Utah. Easy riding will have those miles flying by as you approach the mountains and your destination for the night.

Day 10: Estes Park, Colorado (251 miles / 422 kilometers, approximately 4.5 hours riding)

Another GoPro day takes you over one of the highest passes in North America. Stops along the way in small mountain towns for breaks and to enjoy the scenery make this a fun day. Watch out for animals along the road, while enjoying the climb up over the 14,000-foot mountain pass. You will spend the night in a peaceful mountain village.

Day 11: Estes Park to Aurora, Colorado (113 miles / 191 kilometers, approximately 2.5 hours riding)

Today is another GoPro day, which takes you along the base of the Rocky Mountains with stops along the way in small mountain towns for breaks and to enjoy the scenery make this a fun day. Continuing south along some exciting sweepers brings you back to Aurora to your hotel, before dropping off your bike. A shuttle ride returns you to your hotel.

Day 12: Aurora (15 miles / 25 kilometers, approximately 0.25 hours riding)

After a relaxing breakfast, and a short ride, you will drop off your bike and catch your shuttle to the airport. This shuttle ride is filled with talk about the adventure you’ve just had and the fun experienced. If you want to stay on for additional nights, that can be arranged.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate, advanced

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

About the tour

While this loop can be ridden throughout the summer, if taken in late summer, you will ride through the Fall Majesty of the mountains of Montana, Wyoming & South Dakota. At this time of year, these areas are well into the cooler weather of autumn, and frosty areas can be found, giving the mountains a bright golden covering as aspen leaves change color.

Riding ranges from relaxed sweepers to twisty mountain passes with fantastic views. Conquer these passes and visit some of the outstanding National & State Parks located in this Western riding paradise.

The roads in Colorado and surrounding states are good conditions with light traffic out of the cities. City traffic can be heavy at times. Other than road repairs you will not be required to ride on any unsealed roads. Please note that USA drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Motorcycles available for this tour

Use your own motorcycle or rent a motorcycle, which is licensed, and safety inspected and verified by the State government. If you choose to rent one from Pohutukawa Motorcycle Touring, you may choose from the following categories:

  • Category A: BMW R1200RT WC, BMW R1200GS WC, BMW K1600 GTL
  • Category B: BMW G650GS, Triumph Tiger 800

The price includes bike rental, excluding insurance or damage waiver or auxiliary equipment such as GPS or optional fittings.

Guides

Colin Rowe

Location

The tour will take place in the US. Starting from Aurora, Colorado, you will ride through the rugged prairie beauty of Wyoming and South Dakota and sweep through the hills of South Dakota, before climbing the world-famous passes leading to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, then return to Aurora.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this tour, you can explore some local areas in several locations such as Rapid City and Gardiner.

What's included

  • Full guide service
  • Printed daily ride guide
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Shuttles (transfers) to and from hotel, airport and bike rental location
  • Breakfast and dinner (alcohol, all lunches, and meals on rest / free days are not included)
  • Access into various attractions such as museums and interpretive centers, national and state parks, and hot springs, various historical locations, access to various attractions such as Bear Country USA

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance coverage and damage waivers (bonds) on rental bikes
  • Optional equipment add-on’s to rental bikes
  • Fuel
  • All lunches and rest day meals
  • Special / optional events
  • Incidentals and other costs once inside various attractions. i.e. rental of bathing suits or towels

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

Start: Friday July 12, 2019
End: Tuesday July 23, 2019

 
Special discount

You can take advantage of the following special discounts:

  • 10% discount for bookings made 11 months in advance, with the full deposit paid;
  • 5% discounts for all seniors - 65 years or older with the full deposit paid; (cannot be combined with advance booking discounts).

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