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Aspen/Snowmass Mountain Biking: Colorado

Mountain Biking in Aspen, Colorado

Mountain Bike Destination Guide & GPX Files for Pitkin County, Colorado

Area includes:

  • Aspen
  • Snowmass

Mountain Bike Routes & Trails

MTB Routes and Trails

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association

IMBA Chapter

The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association is dedicated to creating and sustaining the best possible mountain bike trail system in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our territory ranges from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, and from McClure Pass to Hagerman Pass. Local Bike Club to Aspen/Snowmass is Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association

Snowmass Bike Park Trails

See the Snowmass Trail Map

Valhalla

  • Intermediate to Advanced

Valhalla is a 2.75-mile monster of a trail designed and built by Gravity Logic. It invites the toughest riders – and those who strive to be – to tackle an assortment of freeride challenges over the course of its 1,400-foot vertical drop. Valhalla sets a winding course through the aspen trees and features berms, jumps, bridges, table tops, a wall ride, drop zone, fruit bowl and rainbows, eventually delivering thrilled riders to Snowmass Base Village. Its one thing to describe it, quite another thing to experience it.

Vapor

  • Intermediate to Advanced

The Vapor Trail serves up 2.6 miles of downhill terrain and 1,400 feet of vertical drop. It begins at the top of the Elk Camp Lift and descends through a wide-open meadow, over bridges and berms and through groves of aspen and evergreen trees. It eventually ends at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, where — if your synapses aren’t fried yet — you can connect to Valhalla. With berms up to six feet high and other natural features – this downhill trail will challenge various levels of riders, from intermediate to advance.

Viking

  • Intermediate to Advanced

Viking is an intermediate flow trail with features to prepare riders for the challenge of Valhalla. Running for 2.7 miles, the trail takes riders from the top of Elk Camp Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village through evergreen forests, aspen trees and wide-open meadows for a scenic experience. Redesigned by Gravity Logic in 2014 to provide more fun and flow.

Verde

  • Beginner

Verde is a beginner flow trail, designed by Gravity Logic, perfect for new riders as well as intermediates who are working on cornering and fundamental skills. The trail offers 3.5 miles of fun, flowing trail through pine and aspen forest from Elk Camp to Base Village.

Snowmass Cross-Country Trails

Expresso

The Expresso Trail is a classic single-track cross-country trail. Running at just over a mile long, it connects several freeride trails in the Elk Camp area and cross-country trails on the west side of Snowmass.

Government

Considered by many to be the quintessential mountain biking trail in the area, Government Trail is a beast worth riding. Traversing Snowmass Mountain and descending into the Maroon Creek Valley, it offers several stretches of scenic vistas and countless pitches of supreme challenge.

Note: The section of trail east of Elk Camp Gondola is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.

Tom Blake

Beginning at Owl Creek Road, the Tom Blake Trail climbs through pristine stands of aspen, crosses several ski runs now profuse with wildflowers, and eventually arrives at the Snowmass Village Mall.

Note: The trail is closed from May 15–June 20 for elk calving season.

Sky Mountain Park

Sky Mountain Park is one of the newer additions to the popular trail system in Aspen Snowmass. Boasting view of Snowmass Village, the Park offers longer and shorter loop rides for all abilities.Note: Portions of Sky Mountain Park are closed for use December 1 to May 15 for wildlife.

Aspen Maroon Bells

Courtesy of Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Exploring Aspen, Colorado

It's so easy it's like riding a bike! Seeing the Aspen area via bicycle is quite spectacular and you don't have to be a pro to do so. Check out one of Aspen's many bike shops and rent a cruiser for a jaunt around town or down the Rio Grande Trail. If you want to take it up a notch for road biking or mountain biking, The Aspen Chamber Resort Association recommends taking lessons from Aspen's highly talented and experienced local professionals! It might just be one of the best ways to explore the Maroon Bells area and Castle Creek Valley. For those who enjoy off-road adrenaline, mountain bikes are also available and the local trails can't be beat. Smuggler Mountain Road is a gateway to multiple loops such as the Hunter Creek Loop, Iowa Shaft, Tootsie Roll and Lollipop.

In the central region of the Colorado Rocky Mountains which covers Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle there are plenty of easy, paved trails for leisure bicycling and walking. All of these trails follow creeks and rivers making for small elevation changes and gorgeous scenery! Plus there are many opportunities to stop along the way.

Restaurants and Nightlife

With more restaurants than in recent years - well over 100 - old favorites mesh with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please any palate. Look for trends in Farm to Table, Mac ‘n Cheese and Kale Salads, but don't forget the good old fashioned staples too! Travel by dog sled, sleigh, SnoCat or gondola in the winter or simply dine al fresco any time of year on one of Aspen's many outdoor patios. For any meal of the day there is a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge or deli that can fill your cravings -- you'll be at a favorite spot before you know it.

Aspen is known as a premier ski town, but it knows how to keep your social calendar full too. Aspen take apres to new heights all winter long and into the summer months too. Enjoy poolside cocktails into the early evening then browse through a few galleries before heading out for an extraordinary meal. Top your anything-but-ordinary-night off with billiards, dancing or wine tasting at one of Aspen's lively clubs and bars.

Where to Stay

Whether you're looking for a comfy, down-to-earth lodge, five star luxury hotel or something in between, Aspen lodging has you covered, literally. Lodging and accommodations in Aspen include condominiums, bed and breakfasts, a wide range of hotel properties and home rentals.

Aspen Mountains Courtesy of Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Photo by Jeremy Swanson

And for those of you whose family includes a loving four-legged friend, Aspen is a pet-friendly paradise. Both locals and visitors alike include Fido in everything from a trip to the post office to an overnight stay so he can rest up for the next day's adventure!

Transportation

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) provides award-winning commuter bus service from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to Rifle, Colorado.

All of RFTA's valley buses have front-load racks. There are two different kinds of bike racks on RFTA buses, racks that hold two bikes and racks that hold four bikes. They differ by the way the bikes rest on the arms. Bikes on the two capacity racks are lifted and placed into wheel slots. Bikes on the four capacity racks are hung from support arm of the rack that sticks out from the bus.

It is a first-come, first-served system. If the racks are full, you will need to lock up your bike at the stop, pedal to your destination, or wait for the next bus.

Cost

There is a $2.00 per bike user fee, regardless of the distance traveled, in addition to the regular passenger fare. Season Pass and Monthly Pass holders must also pay the $2.00 fee. Only people capable of loading and unloading their own bikes will be allowed to use the bike racks, unless accompanied by an adult who is capable of assisting. The driver is not in a position to assist.

Bike Loading Hours & Dates

Bike tires and spokes block headlights. Therefore, bikes are allowed to be loaded only during the following times:

  • From Mid-April through Labor Day: 6:00am to 7:30 pm
  • From the day after Labor Day through the 1st Saturday in October: 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • From the first Sunday in October through Mid-November: 7:00am to 4:30pm
  • NO bike loading during the Winter Season – Late November to Early April

How to Use a Bus Bike Rack

  • As the bus approaches, alert the driver before stepping in front of the bus and be careful not to stand in the traffic lane next to the bus.
  • Squeeze the rack handle with one hand to release the folded bike rack and guide it down until you feel it lock into position. Use your other hand to steady your bike. Please use the back inner slot closest to the bus, if available.
  • Following the front-wheel placement guide on the bike rack, pull the wheel lock arm out and place the bike onto the tray in the slots. Once the bike is on the rack, lift the wheel lock arm securely over the top of the front wheel until you feel it lock into place.
  • Make sure to remove all bike accessories. This includes water bottles, bags, helmets, or other items that could fall off while the bus is in motion. Bikes cannot be padlocked while on the rack.
  • Try to sit near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bike. As you approach your stop, tell the bus operator that you will be unloading your bike from the rack and make sure to exit from the front bus door.
  • To unload a bike, lower the wheel lock arm from over the top of the front wheel and simply guide the bike down onto the curb side of the bus. If the rack is empty after you unload, please place the rack handle back to its original folded position.
  • Once you are clear of the bus, signal to the bus operator that you have finished unloading.

Camping

There are a variety of Campgrounds and Campsites located in the Aspen area, below is a list of a few of The Aspen Chamber Resort Association's favorites.

Visiting Aspen in a Recreational Vehicle (RV)? Trailers or motor homes over 35 ft. in length are prohibited from traveling on Hwy. 82 over Independence Pass. The City of Aspen DOES NOT allow people to spend the night on city streets in their RVs. The closest RV park (with hook ups) is the Aspen-Basalt Campground in Basalt on Hwy. 82, call 970-927-3405. You can call the Aspen Chamber Resort Association for more information 970-925-1940.

Campgrounds

Difficult Campground - 4 miles southeast on hwy 82. It has 47 campsites. The season ranges from May 15 - September 27. Elevation is 8,180 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It can accept a trailer up to 40 ft. Reservations Required Difficult Campground

Lincoln Gulch - 11 miles southeast on hwy 82, then a half of a mile on Lincoln Creek. It has 6 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 9,600 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. It can accept a trailer up to 16 ft. First come basis. Lincoln Gulch

Lincoln Creek - 11 miles southeast on hwy 82, along Lincoln Creek, past the gulch. It has 28 campsites. The season ranges from May 22- September 27. Elevation is 9,800 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. Unfortunately, it does not have any vault toilets, water or trash facilities. Unfortunately, trailer space is limited. First come basis. Lincoln Creek

Lost Man - 14 ½ miles of Aspen on hwy 82. It has 10 campsites. Their season ranges from May 22- September 27. The elevation is 10, 500 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Unfortunately, trailer space is limited. First come basis. Lost Man

Silver Bar - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 4 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 8,460 ft. It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Unfortunately, it does not accept trailers. Reservations required. Silver Bar

Silver Bell - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 4 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 8,490 ft. It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access. It has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Unfortunately, it does not accept trailers. Reservations required. Silver Bell

Silver Queen - 5 miles southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. It has 6 campsites. The season ranges from May 22 - September 27. Elevation is 8,680 ft. It has no fishing access, but it does have hiking access. It has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Unfortunately, it does not accept trailers. Reservations required. Silver Queen

Weller - 9 miles southeast of Aspen on hwy 82. It has 11 campsites. The season ranges from May 22- September 27. Elevation is 9,400 ft. It has access to fishing and hiking. It also has vault toilets, water and trash facilities. Unfortunately, trailer space is limited. Weller

Reservations can be made for the White River National Forest Recreation Areas by calling 970-925-3445 or contact the National Camping Reservation Center at 1-877-444-6777, website http://www.recreation.gov/

If you should decide to build your own camp site, camping is prohibited within 100 feet of all trails, streams, and lakes. You must be OUT OF SIGHT when camping in open areas. Stoves are required above timberline in the alpine tundra. For more information, you may contact the Aspen Ranger District at 970-925-3445.

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