The ÷ Ride
Stage III
Summer 1999

Comments are drawn from information found in various Chamber of Commerce brochures; Adventure Cycling articles and "Along the Great Divide" newsletter; Wyoming Handbook (Moon Travel books); Colorado Guide, and Hidden Colorado. Mileages and altitude gains are approximate.


To / From


~Alt. Gain






7/10 & 7/11

Jackson, WY



Reservations are at:
Motel 6
1370 W. Broadway

2.5 mi. south of town square.

Rooms are in the name of Divide Ride Dogs; single = $70; double = $76. 10% discount with AARP card shown at check-in.


(Adventure Cycling trip "Great Divide Wind River" leaves July 8 and arrives in Lander July 17th.)




Jackson -> Turpin Meadow campground



Turpin Meadow c.g.


(Lunch at Buffalo Valley Cafe, mile 30.5 ? )

Camping at base of Togwotee Pass.

Look behind you for stunning views!


Tues. 7/13

Turpin Meadow c.g. -> Pinnacle RV/c.g. (?)



Pinnacle RV/c.g. -or- Falls c.g. -or- Brooks Lake c.g. (9,100').

Pinnacle Buttes Lodge & RV has pool, jacuzzi, camping spaces (tents ~$11).

Brooks Lake Lodge: "Some of the most incredible scenery in Wyoming." Classic lodgepole pine Western lodge, restore in 1980's. (pricey.)

(Lunch at Cowboy Village Resort ? )

Tough climbing day. Up and over Togwotee Pass (9,658'). Cross Continental Divide: 1st time this summer; #7 on route.

Pinnacle Buttes dominates the landscape.

Recommended: "Take turnoff to Brooks Lake. A 5 mi. gravel road leads to the cliff-rimmed lake, and a clear creek flows east and south. The FS's excellent Pinnacles and Brooks Lakes c.g.s run ~$10/night.

At Falls c.g., Brooks Cr. tumbles into a deep canyon. Brooks Cr. Falls views are impressive from the short trail beginning at the parking lot.



Wed. 7/14

Pinnacle RV/c.g. -> Union Pass camping at mile 91 or 97





Another tough day. Cross Continental Divide: #2 this summer; #8 on route.

"Union Pass: High, lonesome and gorgeous," according to Mac McCoy of Adventure Cycling.


Thur, 7/15

Union Pass area -> Whiskey Grove c.g. (mile 123)

or The Place Bar, or

Pinedale or 4 miles (north) off route to Fremont Lake FS c.g.



Whiskey Grove c.g. (just across the bridge at the site of the old logging town of Kendall; or perhaps at "The Place" Bar at mile 130 (if it still exists). in Cora.

In Pinedale: Pinedale Campground (pvt) in town. $11/tent! Showers. ("Parking lot masquerading as a c.g.")

OR, a FS campground at Fremont Lake, which is 7 mi. N of Pinedale along Fremont Lk.

OR, Lakeside Lodge Resort & Marina at Femont Lk. 4 mi NE of town charges ~$9/tent.

The Place Bar (maybe);

Full services in Pinedale.

Flat to downhill day.

Kendall Warm Springs is 1.5 mi. N of the Whiskey Grove c.g. 85F water. Only place in the world (!) to find Kendall dace. (Fully grown, only 2" long.) (A kind of fish. They are protected, so no wadding in Kendall Warm Springs. Darn.)

Cora: The Place Restaurant and Bar has pool table surrounded by mounted animal heads.

Fremont Lake is nearby (4 miles). Wyoming's second largest natural lake.

Pinedale: "A friendly beef and timber town."

We will have just missed the Green River Rendezvous special event (2nd weekend in July).


Fri. 7/16






All services. Laundromat.

Many good restaurants and pubs. McGregor's Pub is a local favorite.

Della Rose Rest. next to the Cowboy Bar (live C-W music on weekends) has family meals, fresh baked pastries, and gourmet coffees.

Calamity Jane's (aka World Famous Corral Bar) has live music.

King Cone Drive In is famous as "Home of the Road Kill Burger."

Sweet Tooth Saloon has "the best sundaes in town." (A winner! Dogs LOVE ice cream while touring.)

Other restaurants as noted in the Lonely Planet Guide (which I'll bring along).

Pinedale: Located in the Upper Green River Valley. Wind River Range in background.

Olympic-sized indoor pool at the h.s.

Museum of the Mountain Man.


Sat. 7/17

Pinedale -> Boulder -> Mile 205 camping



USFS: Big Sandy c.g. (9,100'; ACA map says 8,000').

Boulder's Wind River View c.g. is no longer available to the public. (1999)

Trailhead for Cirque of the Towers, wilderness climbing area.(Semi-circle of 15+ granite peaks.)



Boulder: Store, adjacent restaurant, motel.

Cross Divide #9 and #10 for route.

Boulder: Pop. 75.


Sun. 7/18

Big Sandy c.g. -> Atlantic City or Sweetwater c.g.

44/69 (if going to Sweetwater)

1,000', most in last 8 miles

Two BLM) c.g. ($6) 2mi. north of Atlantic City and 2 mi. off Hwy. 28.

Possibly Sweetwater c.g. (recommended by some riders as a place to camp before the upcoming two tough dry days).

(Uncertain if this is at Sweetwater Station (off route) or at Sweetwater River (on route).)

Wyoming Handbook says "no groceries in Atlantic City!"

A 9/98 rider says, "No groceries in Atlantic City." (She bought bread and som stuff from the cafe owner. Can't count on that.)

"Atlantic City Mercantile has steak house, saloon, along with RV sites."

Sagebrush Saloon & Café.

Cross Divide #11 prior to South Pass City.

Sweetwater Mines.

Oregon Buttes.

Pass through ghost town of South Pass City. One of the highest (alt.) settlements in WY.

Atlantic City: "Funky friendly little town has dirt streets, old log and stone buildings and a delightfully infections country atmosphere." (Moon Handbook) Atlantic City is approx. 25 miles from Lander, WY, "an up and coming community for those who love the outdoors." (Home of NOLS and the WY office of Nature Conservancy.)

Car rentals. Shuttle to Riverton, and connections via bus/Amtrak to Jackson, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Cody and Salt Lake City.

Lander is a possible jump-in/jump-out town for the DR trip as there is bus service to Jackson, Riverton airport shuttles "and connections all the way to Jackson." (This should be confirmed as the information is 2 yrs. old.)


Mon. 7/19

Atlantic City/Sweetwater -> A&M Reservoir (tentative)

62-79 (this may be too ambitious)


A&M Reservoir, or possibly sooner at Crooks Gap Rd. area (which is at the junction of the emergency bailout point to Jeffrey City [14 miles north, off route]).

Stopping place depends on water, rider strength and weather conditions.

(NOTE on ACA map that there are two emergency bailout places priot to A&M Reservoir.)

Atlantic City: NO real services. Stock up here and at Sweetwater River with water. No reliable water from Sweetwater for 70 miles!

(According a Sept/'98 rider, there is water at Pickett Lake, 10mi from Sweetwater R. crossing. Also is a place where she camped. She says is it MUCH bigger than A&M Reservoir.)

Pickett Lake has lots of waterfowl. (Herons, etc.) (No facilities.)

Same rider says about A&M Res. " I didn't like it much. Perhaps because it was late in the year, there wasn't much water in it, just a small, grubby pool down in the bottom of a pit. And although signs there brag about it being a "habitat enhancement project" and they say they've fenced the area to exclude livestock, the ground all around the reservoir was covered in cow patties in various stages of dessication

Still, the water would be usable with a filter/purifier, and while it's not particularly scenic spot, you could camp there if you want.

I ended up riding a bit further, down Sooner Road a few miles, and just headed off into the shrubby stuff along a dry streambed when it got dark and I needed a campsite. I don't remember seeing any water after A&M Reservoir."

EARLY START from Atlantic City if not staying at Sweetwater c.g.

Short steep climb out of Atlantic City. Road is rollers and wash-boardy to the A&M Reservoir. Can be quite windy.

Be sure to read ACA's "Area History" on the maps. The Great Divide Basin drains only into itself!

No trees at all for the next couple of days. None. But said to be "stunning country."

Cross Divide #12 before Crooks Gap Road.

WATER: ACA recommends that EACH PERSON carry 3 gallons of water (24 lbs.) through this basin.


Tues. 7/20

A&M Reservoir (tentative) -> Rawlins



Some RV park or another (there are a few choices).

Rawlins: All services.



Cross Divide #13.

Rawlins is another jump-in/jump-out option for DR riders coming in for a shorter time, or leaving early.


Wed. 7/21






Rose's Lariat is recommended for Mexican food. "One of best in Wyoming."

(In general, Rawlins has "a surprising number of good eateries.")

The Hound: bus service along I-80.

SANTA (Shoshone Arapaho Nations Transit Authority) has on-demand bus connections to Riverton, Lander, Dubois, Jackson and Cody.

Car rental: Kar Kraft.

Air service: No commercial air service to Rawlins.



Rawlins: A town which suffered from the oil bust of the 80's. My sense is that it may remind us of Butte, MT.

Frontier Prison in town is a main attraction. Their motto: "No visitors locked inside since 1981." ("Excellent hour long tours" cost ~$3.50.) Recommended reading: "The Sweet Smell of Sagebrush" written by a former "guest" of the state in early 1900's.

Outlaw Mercantile sells goods made by inmate of the newer state penitentiary.

Lots of crook-related sights here, from the old cemetery (the train robbers buried therein) to more museums with skills of desperadoes, Big Nose George Parrot's death mask, and more.

A rock hound's paradise.

We're arriving too soon for the rodeo and a weekend too late for the Summerfest (chili cookoff, bed races, etc.)

High school pool has swimming, as does Washington Park pool.


Thur. 7/22

Rawlins -> Dirtyman Fork ??



Dirtyman Fork ??


Divide crossing #14.


Fri. 7/23

Dirtyman Fork -> Savery, WY (off route 5 miles). Junction is at Slater, CO.



Camping at Savery.

The Savery Store has groceries, supplies and campground.

Savery: "An unusual two story log blockhouse built by mountain man Jim Baker is in Savery next to the Little Snake River Museum."

Savery Creek Thoroughbred Ranch "is a special riding ranch for those serious about horses. Ranch hosts only 6 people at a time."


Sat. 7/24

Savery -> Columbine -> Steamboat Lake



Steamboat Lake State Park (on the slopes of Hahn Peak near the divide). RVs, fishing, boating, windsurfing, etc. or Pearl Lake State Park. (showers??)

(There is also reputed to be a "guest ranch" at Hahn's Peak. I'll get more info.)


Columbine: Food


Leave Wyoming. Enter Colorado.

Return from Savery to ALT. ROUTE as noted on ACA map.

Hahn's Peak: "Pituresque quasi-ghost town, once terminus of Wyoming RR. A few residents and a handful of intereting craft and junque shoppes.."


Sun. 7/25

Steamboat Lake -> Clark -> Steamboat Springs



Steamboat Springs KOA (one book calls it Ski Town KOA) (2 mi. west of downtown) is "one of the best such facilities in the Rocky Mt. states. Quiet shady sites on a small island in the Yampa River where monster RVs cannot go." Hot tub and other facilities. Cabins. Shuttle service. ($17) (Hey…this sounds good!)

Stagecoach State Park.

"Rabbit Ears Motel has the among the lowest prices in town and includes discount for hot-springs spa across the street."

"Homey and historic, the little Harbor Hotel has been in operation for more than 50 years."


Clark: Food.

Steamboat Springs: All services.

"For the ultimate in dining, take gondola ride to the top of Thunderbird Peak and Hazie's (china, crystal, etc.) in a spectacular view overlooking the town."

La Montana - an exceptional Southwestern restaurant located in a shopping center at the foot of the ski slopes near the gondola.

Winona's for breakfast/lunch. Traditional American food, plus bakery, specialty coffee, etc. 617 S. Lincoln Ave.

Lots of specialty shopping on Lincoln Ave (700-900 blks of Lincoln Ave.)

Sore Saddle Cyclery, 1136 Yampa Ave; 970-879-1675. Ski Haus also has bikes/maps, etc. 1450 S. Lincoln. 970-879-0385. (Also see ACA maps for other bike shop info.)

Steamboat Springs is a city where DR riders may arrive/leave the trip.

"Seven miles N of town on County Rd 36 [on our ACA map], Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the most idyllic hot springs in CO. Bathing suits required during daylight; optional after dark….Rustic cabins for rent. Admission." (Ref: Hidden Colorado.)

"Another picture perfect spot is Fish Creek Falls, a popular picnic spot 4 miles E of town on Fish Creek Falls Rd.. Falls plunge 200' into the canyon, and a bridge provides a grand view of the falls." (Ref: Hidden Colorado.)

Raft trips on the Yampa R. - Arrangements through Buggywhip's Fish & Float Service (435 Lincoln). High Adventures runs raft trips using rafts and "duckies" (Paul! This is for YOU.) - small two-person inflatable…BOATS.

Balloon trips: Balloons over Steamboat and Pegasus Balloon Tours.

Yampa River Trail - Cycling.

Transportation Out:

Denver Intn'l Aiport Shuttle, Alpine Taxi/Limo (800-232-7433) runs two shuttles daily to DIA. One-way = $55 (or so) Takes 4 hours. (Bike extra??).

(More info in Lonely Planet.)


Mon. 7/26

Steamboat Springs





Steamboat Springs: This is the 1/2 way point of the ACA Divide Ride route! YeeHaw!!


Tues. 7/27

Steamboat Springs -> Morrison Creek Trail - or- Lynx Pass c.g.









Lunch at: Mile 1339-1340: The Alan Bubna (Party Dog) Memorial Mile.


Wed. 7/28

Morrison Divide Trail -> Radium





"The descent to the Colorado River at Radium, where a freefall from subalpine chill to baked dessert takes what seems like seconds." (Mac McCoy of Adventure Cycling Assoc.)

Full Moon. The July full moon is commonly called the Thunder Moon or the Hay Moon. (The trivia for the day....)


Thur. 7/29

Radium -> Williams Reservoir c.g.

Could go 15 mi. further to Arapaho Natl Forest c.g. area (see ACA map) in order to hit Hwy 9 in early morning as suggested by ACA.

30 (or 45)


Williams Reservoir c.g.

Get food in Kremmling, en route (and off route by a mile or three).

Piece 'o Cake Bakery: (104 N. 6th, Kremmling) - fresh baked goods, sandwiches, pizza.



Fri. 7/30

Williams Reservoir c.g. -> Silverthorne



Alpen Hutte Lodge (970-468-6336) "one of the best run AYH facilities in CO…and the Blue R. can be heard from an open window. $12. (AHYers get $2 off).

Many other motels.

Blue Moon Baking Co. - espresso drinks, smoothies, bagels, strudel, croissants.

Sunshine Café - a favorite for b/l/d at low prices.

Historic Mint - grill your own steak or seafood dinner.

Old Dillon Inn - Mexican food & C&W music.

Matteo's - great happy hour & good salads, pasta, pizza by the slice.

Up and over Ute Pass (9,524').

Silverthorne: We're there!!


Total Trip Mileage: ~650, Jackson WY to Silverthorne, CO.

Numerous Factory Outlets in Silverthorne.

Good fishing "in town." (Blue River)

By following the ACA map, we will be missing the town of Henley (on the TransAm Bike Trail), famous for its annual Tick Festival held in mid-June. (Well, will miss the festival no matter what.)


Sat. 7/31






Free shuttle to Breckenridge, Cooper Mt. and other ski areas (even in the summer??).

Spend day trying to figure out how to get to Denver for flights home.

DIA: Resort Express shuttles (800-334-7433) one-way ($44/person; $15/BOXED bike) to DIA (Denver airport). Leaves every 90 min. beginning at 5:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Takes not-quite 2.5 hrs. to DIA . Suggest that if more than two or three want to go on the same van that we make reservations a few days prior. (I talked with Jen, 6/29/99.)


Sun. 8/1

Silverthorne/Denver (bus? train? shuttle?)






Bold = City (or food option)

Bold/Italic - Item of interest

Updated: May 23, 2000