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Tires, Trails, and Truth (otherwise known as “T3”) is a mountain bike study week at Timberline Lodge, bringing together two amazing things: 

1) the chance to enjoy riding bikes with qualified instructors in one of the nation’s top mountain bike regions, and...

 

2) the privilege of diving into the Word of God together under gifted Bible teachers to get to know Jesus more personally. 

This week is open for everyone: college students on summer break, career-focused peeps who need a week away, or those wanting to spend quality time with family in a beautiful and uplifting environment. All ages are welcome, and you don’t even need to love mountain biking to participate! We believe all who come will be blessed and impacted by this week!

Check out our answers to FAQ’s below and REGISTER TODAY. You can also reach out to our staff team with any questions you may have! 

Local Bike Trails
Hanging out in the Lodge
Outdoor Classroom
Dining Room
Winter Park Resort
Lunch is Served
About to Hit the Trail
Donuts!
High Ropes
Quiet time in the Word
Campfire Worship
Teaching from the Trail
Fishing!
View from the Ranch
Fresh Made Donuts
Halfpipe Study Break

Tires, Trails and Truth

Teaching Overview

Dan Thomas, Director of Timberline Lodge Ministries, will be teaching through the book of Colossians for the “Truth” sessions of this year’s T3 week.  Here is an overview of the week’s teaching, from Dan’s perspective:

“I love the book of Colossians! It is probably my favorite book to teach, full of the profound simplicity of the Christian life, which is centered around the resurrected Lord Jesus. The truths shared in Colossians were not just valuable in the chaotic world of the first century, but provide practical instruction for making sense of the mess of the world we live in today! Colossians will leave you standing in awe of the One we call our Savior and what better place to learn about Jesus than in the beauty of His creation!”

Tires, Trails and Truth Q&A

What if some of my family members do NOT love to bike?


We know that there are rarely families in which every single member loves to mountain bike! This week is designed to accommodate the needs of everyone in your family, whether or not they decide to participate in our programed rides. For those who would rather not bike, this week will be a wonderful chance to get away into the beauty of the mountains, explore a tourist town, or enjoy some quiet in contemplation of the biblical truths discussed in our group sessions. None of the rides are mandatory – try one, skip a day, or ride all 5 days! It’s completely up to you!




What can we do if we are not biking?


There is so much to do on the Timberline campus; including trails for walking, frisbee golf, benches for enjoying the views, volleyball, horseshoes, and even a soccer pitch to kick around on! The local towns of Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, and Grand Lake offer countless opportunities for shopping, exploring, eating, or sipping on a cup of quality coffee. See below for a list of specific activities available on and off campus during your stay here.




Will there be separate rides for different ability levels and ages?


Our goal is to help all-leveled riders have meaningful experiences riding their bikes. The goal will be to challenge our guests, but not push them too hard. Rides will be broken up by age group and by ability level. These divisions are just recommendations - more informed grouping will take place once we have a better handle on the ability levels of our guests. Little Spokes: (ages 4-6) Tough Tires: (ages 7-10) Super Shocks: (ages 11-14) Adult Bike: Basic (age 15+) Adult Bike: Advanced (age 15+)




Do I need to bring a bike?


The easy answer is – No. Timberline has a set of bikes that are available to rent (although we do NOT have children’s bikes available). There are also a number of locations in Fraser (where we are!) and nearby Winter Park, where different types of bikes can be rented. Our staff team is happy to help you get in touch with rental companies to find the perfect bike for the time that you are here. There will be more information about this in your registration packet.




What if I have young kids?


We love young kids!!! (Actually, we love all kids – even the 40-year-old variety!) If the children in your party are very young or need a lot of extra care, you may find there are some limitations as to which bike rides you can participate in, due to the amount of time you may be away from campus. Bike rides, programmed activities, and Bible teaching sessions will cater to different age groups and ability levels, designed to keep all guests engaged and growing in their understanding and relationship with Jesus. *We will not be able to provide day-long care for children ages 0-3 due to the unique needs that are involved, but we know you will find plenty to do with your little tikes around campus and in the local community. There will be childcare provided for all ages during our TRUTH sessions morning and evening, should you choose to utilize it, so that you can fully engage in the study of God’s Word.




What are the accommodations like?


All housing accommodations are in our European-styled mountain lodges. We have two residential lodges that boast private bathrooms/showers, deck access, and adjustable bed layouts to meet your individual or family needs. If you have a child who requires a pack-n-play or crib, we may be able to provide what you need, but our access is limited to a first come, first serve basis. Some rooms include fireplaces, which can be used if the evenings cool off or if you would prefer a relaxing, mountain atmosphere as you go to sleep. *If you would like a fireplace room, please request this at registration and we will do our best to oblige while these rooms are available.




How does the Bible and “Truth” integrate into the week?


One of the hallmarks of Timberline and Torchbearers International (our umbrella organization) is our emphasis on practical Bible teaching and growth in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This focus is at the heart of our Tires, Trails, and Truth week and one of the things that sets this program apart from many other biking weeks being offered around the country. Most mornings after breakfast, the group will be split by age for a TRUTH session, hearing from our speaker about your week’s unique theme. Another session is offered each evening after dinner, for a total of 7 TRUTH sessions throughout the week. This year, Dan Thomas, the director at Timberline Lodge, will be teaching through the book of Colossians for our bike week. Children and youth will also be led by our staff team in fun activities as well as personal Bible Study and discussion designed to meet their unique needs. During the day, each bike ride will be led by one of our trained staff who will often share a thought from the Word, a question from the session, or a part of their personal testimony over a water or lunch break. We also want there to be space, both physically and in the schedule, for you to connect with God individually or as a family. Coffee and tea will be ready every morning one hour before breakfast if you want to grab a cup and take a walk in God’s creation, or find the perfect spot to sit and reflect on all you’re learning and what He may be communicating with you. As was mentioned before, we are not mandating involvement in daily activities and we encourage you to take advantage of the time during the day for what you need spiritually or personally.




How much will the Tires, Trails, and Truth week cost?


Here is the basic cost breakdown for the full week: Adults (18+): $549 Youth (11-17): $349 Child (4-10): $249 Infant/Toddler: $0 10% of your total cost will be due as a non-refundable deposit after registration. A confirmation email will be sent within a week of registration with more information on the payment process. If the week is already filled, your registration will be added to our waiting list. *Final Payment for your party will due by July 1, 2021.




What do I need to know about transportation to Timberline and around the area?


Flying in: We will NOT be able to provide transportation from Denver International Airport (into which you should book your flight) to Timberline Lodge, but there is a shuttle service that makes the two-hour trip from DIA a few times a day. You can rent a vehicle at the airport for the duration of your stay or, if you are really adventurous, take the Amtrak train which winds through mountains and tunnels as it makes its way across the continental divide and into the Winter Park area. (If you want to take the train, please know that train travel can be more unpredictable and not as timely as other means). Driving in: We are located at 415 County Road 5001, Fraser, Colorado 80442 (about 1.5 hours from downtown Denver). Driving directions to Timberline will be detailed in your registration packet. Travel around Town: Transportation to all bike rides will be provided by Timberline - at least the ones where you don’t start riding from our parking lot. During personal free time, transportation into town will be your responsibility. On Wednesday, there will be the option to explore some of the fun and recreation available in our county. For those who are interested, Timberline will be providing transportation that day to and from the Winter Park Resort, where you can take your bike on the chair lift and experience world-renown downhill mountain biking for all levels. Find list of other recreational options on campus and in the region in the lists below.




How many people can come to Tires, Trails, and Truth?


We have nine rooms available for families, one room reserved for single men, and one reserved for single women. Our limited numbers make the retreat a very intimate experience where new friends can become like family. Make sure to sign up early to ensure space is still available.




Can I come if I am single or come without my family?


Absolutely! This is not a “family only” retreat, and we hope that a number of individuals will come to enjoy the outdoors and dig into God’s word with us. Bring a friend or two and plan to have plenty of time adventuring together and also meeting some new people. We will be reserving one male dorm room and one female dorm room for these reasons. If you would prefer your own room, please reach out to us and we can see if there are options in the surrounding area to accommodate your preferences.




What is Timberline Lodge and Torchbearers International?


Timberline Ministries Inc. is a one-year Bible School and Conference center and is a part of a larger network of similar centers under the ministry of Torchbearers International. Our Bible School runs from September through May with summer and winter conferencing taking place in between semesters. The heart of Timberline and Torchbearers International is to proclaim the life changing presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and to explore how we live this life together as a community of believers. For more information on Timberline or Torchbearers, please click the links below. www.timberlinelodge.org www.torchbearers.org




Is their internet, cell service, and other technologies available?


While we desire that you would come into the mountains to “unplug” from some of the stress that technology can bring, we understand that it is not always possible to fully disconnect. Most cell companies can get coverage at the Lodge and we have complimentary WiFi for all guests. If scanning or printing is needed, please reach out to our staff team to help accommodate you. There is also a public workspace located in the nearby town where more advanced business solutions are available.




Activities on and off campus:


On campus: Board Games Ping Pong Foosball Pool Yard Games (Corn Hole, Spike Ball, Kubb) Horseshoes Slackline Bouldering Wall Gaga Ball Soccer field Basketball Hoop Fishing Pond Walking Trails Bike Trails Frisbee Golf Prayer Cabin Off campus: Downhill Mountain Bike Park Hiking White Water Rafting Guided Fly Fishing Biking (Road and Trail) High Ropes Course Alpine Slide Pickle Ball Sand Volleyball Rec. Center (weights, pool, kids water slides) Shopping Horseback Riding Boating/Stand-up Paddle Boarding Hot Springs Rocky Mountain National Park (tours) And much more!





Tires, Trails, and Truth Schedule 

Timberline Lodge

July 25-30, 2021

Sunday, July 25th:

4:00 – 6:00pm – Guests check-in/welcome

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – TRUTH session 1 (Dan Thomas, Colossians)

8:00pm – dessert/coffee, settle in, free time

 

Monday, July 26th:

8:00am – Breakfast

9:00am – TRUTH session 2 (Colossians)

10:30am – Programmed bike ride options for all levels (return time will fluctuate by ride, then free time)

**If you or your family members opt out of today’s ride, there are plenty of options for fun or relaxing at TL, as well as lots to explore in town!

4:00 – 6:00pm – free time, clean up

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – TRUTH session 3 (Colossians)

8:00pm – bonfire, s’mores, and songs

 

Tuesday, July 27th:

8:00am – Breakfast

9:00am – TRUTH session 4 (Colossians)

10:30am – Programmed bike ride options for all levels (return time will fluctuate by ride, then free time)

**If you or your family members opt out of today’s ride, there are plenty of options for fun or relaxing at TL, as well as lots to explore in town!

4:00 – 6:00pm – free time, clean up

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – TRUTH session 5 (Colossians)

8:00pm – dessert/coffee, games and fellowship in the main lodge, free time

 

Wednesday, July 28th: (FREE DAY!)

8:00 – 9:30am – Open Continental Breakfast

10:30am – Shuttle to Winter Park Resort available for those who would like to try their hand at downhill (DH) mountain biking or have an exciting day at the base. 

(individuals will need to rent/bring equipment for DH, return shuttles at 12:30 and 4:00pm)

5:30 – 7:30pm – Ranch Dinner for the adults (Children fed separately) – Time to dress up like a Ranch Hand (but maybe don't come smelling like one)!

8:00pm – Square Dance Night!

 

Thursday, July 29th:

8:00am – Breakfast

9:00am – TRUTH session 6 (Colossians)

10:30am – Programmed bike ride options for all levels (return time will fluctuate by ride, then free time)

**If you or your family members opt out of today’s ride, there are plenty of options for fun or relaxing at TL, as well as lots to explore in town!

4:00 – 6:00pm – free time, clean up

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – TRUTH session 7 (Colossians)

8:00pm – The Sunset Social! (snacks and drinks on the deck, enjoying our last night together)

 

Friday, July 30th:

Before 8:45am – All guests move out of rooms and pack up cars 

8:45am – Begin walk/bike to the TL Ranch

9:00am – Cowboy Breakfast at the Ranch

10:00am – Bike RODEO!

11:00am – group picture, farewells

11:30 – 12:30pm – good-byes, departure