2024 Gold Rush Ride – 28th Annual!

Sunday August 4th – Saturday August 9th, 2024


We want to share a very special event with you in case you’re looking for a fun ride with a bunch of really awesome people – the Colorado Gold Rush!

The Colorado Gold Rush is a FREE, family-oriented, group motorcycle ride with a long history in Colorado. Now in its 28th year, riders will enjoy four days of riding in some of the most beautiful mountains in Colorado.

The Gold Rush also raises money for selected nonprofits each year and we are honored to share that they have chosen to donate to the Trails Preservation Alliance! They have, in fact, honored us with their fundraising efforts with us many times – last year, they raised and donated nearly $6K to the TPA!

The Ride

The Gold Rush begins with two days of riding in Ouray, followed by one day of travel to Crested Butte, and then two days of riding that area. The event draws numerous repeat riders who are happy to share their knowledge of the trails with new attendees. The riding opportunities in both Ouray and Crested Butte allow for a wide range of riding skills – from novice to expert, the Gold Rush has something for everyone every day!

The Fundraiser

The fundraising portion of the event has two parts: proceeds from a lunch and an auction and raffle. The lunch is held at a very special spot (it’s sort of a secret!) at the base of Italian Mountain near Taylor Park, and the auction and raffle happen at the Rider Banquet and the end of the event. All items that are auctioned/raffled are donated by the riders, who are asked to bring a prize (or prizes) to contribute.

See you in August!

The Gold Rush is sure to be a great week of riding, laughter, eating, storytelling, and raising money to help keep Colorado trails open! Each year we set our sites on increasing participation so join us again, bring a friend, riding partner, and/or the entire family!


Chad Hixon
Executive Director
Trails Preservation Alliance


Info from the Gold Rush Team!

Contact info:

Mervyn Davies
Email: mervyndavies@comcast.net
Phone: 970-396-4146

How to participate in the Gold Rush Ride:

  1. Fill out the 2024 Gold Rush contact information form.
  2. Sign Liability Waiver 
  3. Mail to:  Mervyn Davies, 88 Chinkapin Lane, Kimberling City, MO 65686 or by email at mervyndavies@comcast.net


Sunday, August 4, 2024: Arrive in Ouray. We will have an informal “meet and greet” in Box Canyon Lodge parking lot from 3 to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 5, 2024: 8:30 a.m. rider’s meeting. Based on your riding skills, pick a group to ride with. The ride begins at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024: 8:30 a.m. rider’s meeting at Box Canyon Lodge parking lot. Ride begins at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, August 7, 2024: Depart Ouray for Mt. Crested Butte. Some people will ride for a ½ day. I recommend a route out of “Jacks Cabin cutoff” before checking into your Crested Butte hotel/campground.

Thursday, August 8, 2024: 8:30 rider’s meeting in Grand Lodge parking lot. Ride begins at 9. Lunch is at Steve and Lyndi Widener’s cabin from noon to 2 p.m.

Friday, August 9, 2004: Ride in the Crested Butte area. Banquet at 5:30 p.m. (Details will come later.)

Saturday, August 10, 2024: Depart from Mt. Crested Butte.

Hotel Information

Ouray (August 4-7):

Note: You can only reserve rooms in Ouray online; they no longer take reservations over the phone. We recommend reserving your room online now to get a discount and canceling if you can not make the ride.

  • Box Canyon Lodge: Book online only. Rooms are about $260.00 a night. boxcanyonouray.com
  • Twin Peaks Lodge: (Across the street from Box Canyon Lodge) Book online only. Rooms are about $250.00 a night. twinpeakslodging.com
  • 4J’s Campground: Three blocks away. 4jrvpark.com 970-325-4418.

Mount Crested Butte (Aug 7-10):

  • Grand Lodge: Call 855-332-1601 for reservations (8-5 mountain time). This reservation line is dedicated to group guests. Ask for the group SCBGRR24, which will give you a 20% discount on their best rates.
  • Camping: Camping is NOT allowed in the hotel parking lot.
    • There is first-come/first-served camping in Cement Creek and the Crested Butte RV Resort (970-349-6160) just outside of Crested Butte.

Additional Information


In the past, Gold Rush always had a t-shirt for purchase. Many of us wear our shirts during the event. Rod Hamlin and his daughter, Mandy, have stepped up to the cause and designed a t-shirt for us!

The shirts are $23.00 for short sleeves and $28.00 for long sleeves. They are available in black and will be handed out at the ride. Any proceeds earned will be donated to the TPA The last day to order your shirt will be June 15, 2024. So order now and let’s make this a big success! Here is the link to place your order!

Bike requirements

Your bike must be licensed and insured to ride state and county roads. This means having a working brake light, mirror and horn. A Colorado OHV sticker is required for all bikes using forest roads and trails. These stickers can be ordered online at Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Off-Highway Vehicle Registrations and Permits. The sticker costs $25.25.

Call or email me if you have questions.

We hope to see you in August, AND bring a friend!