Swift Campout is the annual, global call to go bike-camping to celebrate the summer solstice. For the tenth year in a row, adventurers will pack camp gear on their bicycles and head out on June 22nd and 23rd, 2024 to kick off summer with a bike-overnight. Swift Campout is an ode to spending the longest day in the saddle and the shortest night under the stars. It is a celebration of the stellar community that rallies to share this stoke. To capture the magic of the event, we’ve called on Navigators around the world to guide their communities on a Swift Campout adventure.


We’re pleased to introduce you to Color the Valley!


Color the Valley (@color.the.valley)is a Queer, BIPOC & Women-Owned outdoor guiding company based in Burlington, Vermont. CTV specializes in bikepacking, backpacking, and hiking trips with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Queer communities.



Color the Valley Campout


Campout Destination: Grand Isle State Park

About the ride:

THIS CAMPOUT IS OPEN TO ALL! We will reserve spaces for Trans and BIPOC folks! We will start and finish at Waterfront Park in front of ECHO! About 53 miles mixed with pavement and some gravel on the Island Line trail.

Day 1: Please plan on being ready to roll at 11:30AM on 6/22. We will wind our way up to Grand Isle State Park on the Island Line trail and take the bike ferry across to South Hero before ending at our campsite.

Day 2: We will make our way back from Grand Isle State Park going north on South Hero before coming back down on the Western side of the island. We will take the bike ferry back across before ending at Waterfront Park in front of ECHO.

Food / Snack Info: Please plan accordingly! Make sure to bring snacks! There are markets on South Hero as well as places to get snacks and food but please take any dietary restrictions into account.

Gear: We have limited gear to share for those that may not have bags, racks and/or camping gear but please reach out in advance so we can do our best to provide. If you need a bike, please let us know and we might be able to accommodate but we cannot promise anything.

The Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/44272308

Difficulty Level: Moderate – For active individuals who are ready to ride for a full day. Expect variety in the route with a few serious climbs and descents.

Registration: Space for up to 15 people and prioritizing spots for Trans and BIPOC folks. Registration here.