Today you'll ride out of Glenwood Springs to Carbondale where you'll head south on CO 133, the northern leg of the West Elk Loop. It's a scenic 80 miles today with a short, but steep climb over McClure Pass roughly half way. But, before you get there, enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way.
Redstone, or check out the coke ovens near Cardiff. At the very least, take some time to admire the Crystal River and the canyon it flows through as you make your way towards the summit.
Paonia State Park is beautiful.