On the way to the Durango bike rally
The Alpineer. Mountain bikes to rent, biking and hiking gear for sale. Bike rentals from $25 a day. 419 Sixth St., Crested Butte; 970/349-5210.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. A 149,500-acre park with giant dunes. Camping at Pinyon Flats ($12 per night). $3 entrance fee per person. 11999 State 150, Mosca; www.nps.gov/grsa or 719/378-6300.
4 Corners Rafting. Single- and multiday floats on the Arkansas River. Half-day trips from $42. 22565 S. U.S. 285, Nathrop; www.fourcornersrafting.com or 800/332-7238.
Lodging and dining
Bácaro Ristorante. Italian dishes. $$; lunch Sat-Sun, dinner daily. 921 Pearl St.; 303/444-4888.
BookEnd Cafe. Soups, pastries, espresso, on the mall. 1115 Pearl; 303/440-6699.
Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites. Colorfully painted motel rooms; indoor pool and bouldering wall in main building. From $90. 800 28th St.; 800/542-0304.
Jax Fish House. Lots of seafood choices, lively bar. $$; dinner daily. 928 Pearl; 303/444-1811.