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Alpine Tunnel Trail

2.7 mi
State: CO
Dirt

Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Aspen Mass Trail

0.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

5.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Cemetery Lane Trail

1.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
Accordion

Crystal Valley Trail

6.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Emma Trail

0.9 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

14.4 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

3.5 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Midland Bike Trail

8 mi
State: CO
Dirt

Mineral Belt Trail

11.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Rio Grande Trail

42 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Gorgeous scenery awaits those who hike the Alpine Tunnel Trail through the tall pine trees of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest. The trail has a gentle grade suitable even for children as it follows ...
CO 2.7 mi Dirt
The Aspen Airport Business Center Trail, commonly referred to as the AABC Trail or ABC Trail, is a paved pathway, paralleling Highway 82, that leads from a busy commercial center to Aspen's West End neighborhood. ...
CO 1.7 mi Concrete
The Aspen Mass Trail connects two communities—Aspen and Snowmass Village—in the Roaring Fork Valley. Although not very long, the paved trail offers a key connection between two trails. At its northern ...
CO 0.7 mi Asphalt
The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way ...
CO 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined ...
CO 1.2 mi Asphalt
If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped ...
CO 6.8 mi Asphalt
The Emma Trail offers a pleasant, paved route in the outdoor mecca of Basalt. Just shy of a mile, the trail parallels Highway 82 offering a safe and convenient route for walkers, joggers, and bikers to ...
CO 0.9 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all ...
CO 14.4 mi Concrete
The Lower Loop Trail is a wonderful scenic trail along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area. The ...
CO 3.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead ...
CO 8 mi Dirt
The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while ...
CO 11.6 mi Asphalt
ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at ...
CO 42 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

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Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

CO - 1.7 miles

The Aspen Airport Business Center Trail, commonly referred to as the AABC Trail or ABC Trail, is a paved pathway, paralleling Highway 82, that leads from a busy commercial center to Aspen's West End neighborhood. ...

Aspen Mass Trail

CO - 0.7 miles

The Aspen Mass Trail connects two communities—Aspen and Snowmass Village—in the Roaring Fork Valley. Although not very long, the paved trail offers a key connection between two trails. At its northern ...

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

CO - 5.5 miles

The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way ...

Cemetery Lane Trail

CO - 1.2 miles

The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined ...

Accordion

Cemetery Lane Trail

CO - 1.2 miles

The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined ...

Crystal Valley Trail

CO - 6.8 miles

If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped ...

Emma Trail

CO - 0.9 miles

The Emma Trail offers a pleasant, paved route in the outdoor mecca of Basalt. Just shy of a mile, the trail parallels Highway 82 offering a safe and convenient route for walkers, joggers, and bikers to ...

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

CO - 14.4 miles

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all ...

Mineral Belt Trail

CO - 11.6 miles

The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while ...

Rio Grande Trail

CO - 42 miles

ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at ...

Alpine Tunnel Trail

CO - 2.7 miles

Gorgeous scenery awaits those who hike the Alpine Tunnel Trail through the tall pine trees of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest. The trail has a gentle grade suitable even for children as it follows ...

Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

CO - 1.7 miles

The Aspen Airport Business Center Trail, commonly referred to as the AABC Trail or ABC Trail, is a paved pathway, paralleling Highway 82, that leads from a busy commercial center to Aspen's West End neighborhood. ...

Aspen Mass Trail

CO - 0.7 miles

The Aspen Mass Trail connects two communities—Aspen and Snowmass Village—in the Roaring Fork Valley. Although not very long, the paved trail offers a key connection between two trails. At its northern ...

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

CO - 5.5 miles

The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way ...

Accordion

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

CO - 5.5 miles

The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way ...

Cemetery Lane Trail

CO - 1.2 miles

The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined ...

Crystal Valley Trail

CO - 6.8 miles

If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped ...

Emma Trail

CO - 0.9 miles

The Emma Trail offers a pleasant, paved route in the outdoor mecca of Basalt. Just shy of a mile, the trail parallels Highway 82 offering a safe and convenient route for walkers, joggers, and bikers to ...

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

CO - 14.4 miles

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all ...

Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

CO - 3.5 miles

The Lower Loop Trail is a wonderful scenic trail along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area. The ...

Midland Bike Trail

CO - 8 miles

The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead ...

Mineral Belt Trail

CO - 11.6 miles

The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while ...

Rio Grande Trail

CO - 42 miles

ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at ...

Alpine Tunnel Trail

CO - 2.7 miles

Gorgeous scenery awaits those who hike the Alpine Tunnel Trail through the tall pine trees of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest. The trail has a gentle grade suitable even for children as it follows ...

Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

CO - 1.7 miles

The Aspen Airport Business Center Trail, commonly referred to as the AABC Trail or ABC Trail, is a paved pathway, paralleling Highway 82, that leads from a busy commercial center to Aspen's West End neighborhood. ...

Aspen Mass Trail

CO - 0.7 miles

The Aspen Mass Trail connects two communities—Aspen and Snowmass Village—in the Roaring Fork Valley. Although not very long, the paved trail offers a key connection between two trails. At its northern ...

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

CO - 5.5 miles

The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way ...

Accordion

Cemetery Lane Trail

CO - 1.2 miles

The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined ...

Crystal Valley Trail

CO - 6.8 miles

If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped ...

Emma Trail

CO - 0.9 miles

The Emma Trail offers a pleasant, paved route in the outdoor mecca of Basalt. Just shy of a mile, the trail parallels Highway 82 offering a safe and convenient route for walkers, joggers, and bikers to ...

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

CO - 14.4 miles

The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all ...

Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

CO - 3.5 miles

The Lower Loop Trail is a wonderful scenic trail along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area. The ...

Midland Bike Trail

CO - 8 miles

The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead ...

Mineral Belt Trail

CO - 11.6 miles

The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while ...

Rio Grande Trail

CO - 42 miles

ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Rio Grande Trail

December, 2016 by jurischk

Rio Grande Trail

I think you should change the name

November, 2016 by loftusteel

I think this trail should be called the Roaring Fork Trail. The Rio Grande River is is about 100 miles away. It's a beautiful ride, albeit gets pretty busy down near Glenwood.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Not to be missed!

August, 2016 by hindszog

Nonstop stunning views of majestic mountains and the beauty of the Colorado River await you on this unforgettable 15 mile ride. The grade is easy and all hard surface. Cool canyon breezes kept us comfortable on a hot August morning. Highly recommend Canyon bikes in Glenwood who will shuttle you one way. Don't miss this opportunity when you are in the area.

Accordion

Rio Grande Trail

Shuttle to Carbondale

August, 2016 by ajw

Two years ago we rode uphill from GWSprings to Carbondale, and glided back downhill to GWSprings. This year we decided to take the shuttle offered by Glenwood Adventures. $39 includes bike rental. They dropped us off in Carbondale, and first we rode uphill to almost Basalt to get in a little pedaling, then turned around and glided all the way back to GWSprings. About 35mi total. We considered taking the RFTA bus, but there were 3 of us, and the bus bike racks only hold 2 bikes. The website also says first come-first-serve, and this was a peak season Sunday, so we didnt want to risk it. We needed to rent bikes anyway. The Glenwood Adventure shuttle was great, as were the bikes (21 speed city bikes in good shape). Included handlebar bags and helmet. As it turns out, we saw many RFTA buses with no bikes on the racks, so next trip, if we have our own bikes, we will park in GWSprings, ride the RFTA bus to Aspen, and 'glide' back to GWS so we can see the whole trail end to end. In Carbondale, Fatbelly Burgers is a good stop 1 block off the trail. Hotels in Carbondale are more affordable than the ones in GWSprings because of canyon rafting in GWS. Enjoy this gem!

Alpine Tunnel Trail

July, 2016 by ejshcr53

Mineral Belt Trail

MBT Clockwise direction

July, 2016 by adsaxs

We were visiting the area and decided to check out this trail. We parked at the large, gravel parking lot located on Highway 24 just west of College Road (N39.239.50 W106.30437). The parking lot is located at MM0. The trail is about 12 miles long. Trailhead parking is also available at Ice Palace Park and Lake County Recreation Complex.

As others recommended, we cycled in a clockwise direction. Immediately, as flatlanders, we felt the impact of cycling at over 9,000’ elevation. It is uphill until about MM5.5 The first mile or so takes you through a neighborhood and industrial area before continuing up towards the mining areas. There are a number of wonderful interpretive displays along the way if you are interested in getting more information on the history of mining in Leadville. There is a surface tour of the Matchless Mine which is one of the mines that you cycle pass. I believe tours are given at 1 and 3pm in season for a fee. You could time your ride to coincide with a guided tour or check out the place on your own.

At about MM5 and at 10,606’, the trail starts it descent. There are a few more interpretive displays along the way but it is kind of hard to stop when you are enjoying a great downhill.

There are no benches, picnic tables or water along the trail. The trail is asphalt, very wide and was in excellent condition. This is a gorgeous trail and a great way to see the impact of mining on this small town. Highly recommended.

Rio Grande Trail

A beautiful climb into Aspen!

July, 2016 by dingels75

I rode this trail by myself in June 2016 on a brilliantly clear 98 degree day and seeing that I love riding in the heat I really enjoyed the steady climb up into Aspen. I started in Carbondale, parking in a marked public parking lot next to the trail and the police station. I and some others had to wait for bears to leave the trail between Carbondale and Basalt. I carried 2-21oz insulated water bottles because I had read on this site that water is not available along the trail, they were right. Be aware that there are no restroom facilities beyond the Basalt area for a stretch of probably 20 miles until Aspen so take my mothers advice and go whether you have to or not and be aware that there is a 3-4 mile stretch of hard-packed dirt, sand and gravel leading onto Aspen that my 23mm tires traversed without incident. There are views of the beautiful Mt. Sopris and much of the trail is along the impressive Roaring Fork River and a lot of big, clear blue skies. I would call the 30+ mile steady climb from Carbondale into Aspen at 8,000' "enjoyably challenging" but not killer for an fit 59 year-old aging triathlete/cyclist who lives and rides at an altitude of 500' in Virginia. A trail tidbit, the beautiful John Denver Sanctuary Park in Aspen is right on the trail and has modern, new full bathroom facilities and fountains for refilling the water bottles, washing your face with cold water, etc. I rode around Aspen for an hour or so sightseeing and people-watching the beautiful people shopping and walking around the quaint town and then headed back downhill to glide back to Carbondale. It was a perfect day to put a very beautiful 68 miles on my bike computer. Note that there is an all-day RFTA bus service with bike carriers that runs between Glenwood Springs and Aspen and points in between that you can use if you desire.

Rio Grande Trail

A Colorado Treasure

June, 2016 by mikel79

Just a fantastic scenic ride. As of 6/29/16, there is a section closed due to mountain lion activity. (About 3 miles south of Carbondale on the way towards Aspen) This closure wasn't too much trouble, there were signs to lead me on a detour. Not the most interesting of trails with respect to turns. But I suppose that's due to the old railroad line it follows.

Rio Grande Trail

peaceful, clean, amazing

June, 2016 by astroman

We picked up the trail in Carbondale, rode to Aspen for dinner, then continued about 6 more miles to camp at Silver Bar CG, on Maroon Creek RD for a first day total of 36 miles. The trail is a long gradual climb past large ranches, and follows the Roaring Fork River. The river is often so close and loud you don't notice HWY 82 is close. There are intermittent patches of shade, but also very long stretches of blazing sun. The trail is VERY WELL marked and cared for with little use on our Tuesday/Wednesday trip. In Aspen the trail turned to packed crushed gravel, ok for road to mtn bike tires. One outhouse near Basalt and no drinking water or towns on the trail.

Mineral Belt Trail

Mineral trail

June, 2016 by ianlafarge

Great ride! Preferred the clockwise loop over counterclockwise but both were great. Not many on the trail midmorning on a Sunday. Amazing views. Worth the drive

Rio Grande Trail

Traveled a long way to ride, not dissapointed

May, 2016 by blu109 2013

We where visiting from Florida. Had already read about the trail and the fun towns along it. We where a little apprehensive about the Altitude and Elevation, but no worries. Rented Bikes in Carbondale rode up past old Snowmass. Stopped in Basalt for lunch on the river, then returned to Carbondale for the Evening.

A big thank you to the rider's and volunteer's who keep this trail so clean. Did not see one piece of trash.

Emma Trail

Short but sweet

April, 2016 by angiedickson

Lots of wildlife

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