Participants in the first Colorado (L-R):
Sherm Cooper, Dick Singer, Lon Bromley, Wally Dallenbach, Art Lamey, Del Garner, Al Unser, Ed Kretz, Bobby Unser

When Wally Dallenbach first started the Colorado 500 in 1975, he had no way of knowing how many people his ride would touch. Wally intended for the ride to be a challenge to participants and also an opportunity to raise awareness and support for trails preservation, to support area youth, and fund other important community organizations. He succeeded mightily!

The 2020 event was canceled and postponed to celebrate the 45th Annual Colorado 500 Charity Invitational Ride in 2021. And will continue into the future. A lot has changed since 1975, but Wally and the Colorado 500 have changed with the times and our riders are true “trail ambassadors.”

It's all of these things that make the Colorado 500 a great event and a class act.





Join hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the US (and beyond), dedicated to helping schools, youth organizations, humanitarian agencies, trail and forest agency alliances, and more for a five-day tour through beautiful Colorado.

Past attendees include Larry Roeseler, The Unsers, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, Malcolm Smith, Kurt Russell, Kenny Roberts, Pierre Karsmakers, and we've had participants from around the globe. Factory support provided by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., KLIM, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, and Honda.

In order to continue donating to worthy causes, we need your help. Some of our funds come from the generous donors throughout the local communities. Donations, ranging from cash, prizes, auction items, food, drinks, and volunteer time are the support that we need each year. These items are what help drive the success of the Colorado 500!

Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships:

Please contact us to learn more about becoming a named sponsor and the benefits and recognition you could receive. 

Colorado 500 Charities Fund Donations: Colorado 500 Charity, Scholarship and Ministry Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Event, Food & Beverage and Other Sponsorships:

While these donations are not tax-deductible, they are vital to our mission. Sponsors will receive advertising and listing on media outlets. We look for everything from food, all types of beverages, energy bars, and other items. We also need goody bags, gear, prizes, silent and live auction items. If you have any questions please reach out. We are thankful for all items donated. 


Since 1981, over 175 organizations and individuals have benefited from Colorado 500 support.  The following list are 2019 beneficiary's: Basalt High School Project Graduation, and all 3 Basalt Public Schools, Grace Church Basalt, Stepping Stones for Patrick's Place, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt Booster Club's baseball field, Crested Butte Community Schools, Crested Butte Search & Rescue, Ouray Ambulance, Ouray Community Schools, Ouray Mountain Rescue, Hinsdale County EMS, Haven House Montrose, Dolphin House Ouray, Hilltop Community Resources, Lake City Medical Center, Lake City School K-12, Gunnison 4H Club, Silverton Public Schools, Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance (CBTRA), Gunnison Valley O.H.V. Alliance of Trailriders (The GOATs) San Juan Trail Riders, Western Colorado Riders & Enthusiasts Public Group (Westcore) Fragile Kids Foundation, Samaritans Purse, Colin Collins Memorial Award to Disabled Veteran Chris Santistevan, Colorado 500 Ministries, American Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Of America, Sharen Kurtz, and 6 Basalt High School students were granted college Scholarships.


A total of 2.483 Million Dollars has been distributed from 1981-2020.  Broken down: $418,312. United States Forest Service Grants, $253,850. former Legal Defense Fund (currently Trails Preservation Alliance), $209,245. to local search & rescue, emergency service organizations, and trail support organizations.  $682,820.00 Basalt High School Scholarships, and $919,273.00 to schools, and many other worthy organizations and individuals throughout Western Colorado.