Motorcycle Mania in Southwestern Colorado

Labor Day Motorcycle Rally draws cyclists to ride the mountains

Durango, Colorado-Winding mountain roads, scenic valleys and clear blue skies abound in Southwestern Colorado. It's the perfect venue for a mountain motorcycle experience. Rider friendly towns dot the mountain landscape and provide unique food, lodging and events. The Million Dollar Highway, nationally recognized as one of America's best Scenic Byways on the San Juan Skyway, offers 165 turns and three 10,000 foot plus mountain passes in less than 100 miles. Snow capped peaks greet riders throughout most of the summer.

The mountain landscape of Colorado beckons many a cyclist to escape and enjoy miles of curves and uninterrupted riding. The scenery is awe-inspiring with twelve National parks within riding distance and great day or overnight rides to hit every budget or adventure. Experience the perfect mix of scenic beauty, high-mountain curves and wide open stretches to release your bike for some of the best motorcycle riding in the world.

• 17th Annual Four Corners Motorcycle Rally at Ignacio Bike Week, August 31-September 6, 2010. Imaging the sight and sound of more than 22,000 motorcycles riding in grandeur through the spectacular scenery of Southwest Colorado. Full-time-fun in downtown Ignacio featuring: free concerts, 2 beer tents, scores of vendors and artists, custom bike shows, biker bull-riding, tattoo contests, daily poker runs and plenty of great biker games. Ignacio Bike Week is one of the nation's premier biking events and a high-value experience, where families can participate in a wide variety of special activities. It's the Great Colorado Wide Open and we have plenty of room. Ignacio Bike Week is Labor Day week and weekend. www.fourcornersbikerally.com

• For bike needs, we have you covered for motorcycle service, sales and events. Durango Harley Davidson offers a plethora of gear, events, clubs, service and resources. Home of the Iron Horse HOG Chapter and Fly and Ride HOG packages find more at www.durangoharley.com. Handlebar Sports offers service, sales, events and gear for a variety of cycles and power sports equipment including street cycles, dirt bikes and scooters. www.handlebarmotorsports.com

There's plenty of information for motorcyclists at www.durango.org/motorcycle. Find great rides in the area, special events, lodging, mileage charts, Four Corners Bike Rally information or motorcycle-specific events.

Contact the Durango Area Tourism Office at 1-800-463-8726 or visit www.durango.org.