Driving for Kids 2020 - The Route
We have a new format this year because the Roundup River Ranch does not have a session for the weekend of our drive. We have been invited by the organizers of the Telluride Cars and Colors Festival to join their British Invasion as a special group at a greatly reduced cost.
The Driving for Kids Special registration/ Saturday Festival Pass is $50 per car which includes 2 Saturday passes if purchased PRIOR to March 1, 2020. After that it is $50 per person which is still a discount from the normal $125 per person. Make sure you mention Driving for Kids when you register with the Festival at: https://carsandcolors.com/vehicle-registration/ and get your entry plans made for September 25-28, 2020.
While details will be forthcoming in the route book, the general route looks like this:
Day One, Friday September 25th:
Depart from either Hagerty Insurance in Golden, CO at 8:30, or the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado Springs at 9:00, depending on which is closer to your home, after a continental breakfast and a driver orientation meeting. Drive west to Buena Vista to our rendezvous and rest stop. Then cross the Continental Divide on Monarch Pass to Gunnison for lunch. After a delightful lunch break, we drive west on US 50 to Montrose and a rest stop, then turn south onto US 550 to Ridgeway and over the Dallas divide. We then proceed south on CO 145 to our dinner and overnight lodging in Telluride, CO.
Day Two, Saturday September 26th:
In a Driving for Kids first, we will spend the entire day at the Telluride Cars and Colors Festival with a pancake breakfast, an air show, the British Concours (or Cool Cars on Colorado for those who aren’t in the concours), and then the Saturday Evening Hanger 29 British Invasion Event at the Telluride Airport with included appetizers and cash bar. This will entail a distinct, yet highly discounted, fee to the Festival organizers separate from the DfK entry fee.
Day Three, Sunday September 27th:
Depart about 9:30 on CO 145 about 40 miles to our rest stop in Rico. From there we head southwest along the Dolores River to the town of the same name, then turn east to Durango to our lunch stop. After lunch, we head east on US 160 to our rest stop in Pagosa Springs and over Wolf Creek pass to our dinner and lodging in South Fork, CO. Those who just have to be at the office Monday morning, can continue on US 160 to either US 285 or to I-25 at Walsenburg and be back in the metro area by 8:00 PM or so.
Day Four, Monday September 28th:
Depart about 9:30 on US 160 to US 285 and our rest stop in Saguache, then on to our lunch at a neat spot by the river in Salida. From there we head east on US 50 to Cotopaxi and a meander to Texas Creek suggested by Vic Kuklin. We then turn east on US 50 to CO 9 and some wonderful Teller county roads we loved in years past to Woodland Park where the Denver folks can head north on CO 67 and the Colorado Springs folks head east on US 24.
That will finish the Fifth annual Driving for Kids Run. You can be proud that you were with us for the most recent edition of this great event. See you next year!