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Length
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Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Aspen Mass Trail

0.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Atkinson Canal Trail

1.4 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Brush Creek Trail (CO)

5.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Cemetery Lane Trail

1.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

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

Rio Grande Trail

42 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

South Canyon Trail

1.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
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 Atkinson Canal Trail is a 1.4-mile multipurpose pathway built over a disused irrigation ditch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The trail’s northern endpoint is on 27th Street near the traffic...
CO 1.4 mi Concrete
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...
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...
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...
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...
CO 0.9 mi Asphalt
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...
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....
CO 3.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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...
CO 42 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The South Canyon Trail is an in-progress project that will one day extend from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. The first phase of the paved pathway was completed in 2009, running 0.7 miles along the...
CO 1.1 mi Concrete

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South Canyon Trail

CO - 1.1 miles

The South Canyon Trail is an in-progress project that will one day extend from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. The first phase of the paved pathway was completed in 2009, running 0.7 miles along the...

Atkinson Canal Trail

CO - 1.4 miles

The Atkinson Canal Trail is a 1.4-mile multipurpose pathway built over a disused irrigation ditch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The trail’s northern endpoint is on 27th Street near the traffic...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

South Canyon Trail

CO - 1.1 miles

The South Canyon Trail is an in-progress project that will one day extend from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. The first phase of the paved pathway was completed in 2009, running 0.7 miles along the...

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...

South Canyon Trail

CO - 1.1 miles

The South Canyon Trail is an in-progress project that will one day extend from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. The first phase of the paved pathway was completed in 2009, running 0.7 miles along the...

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...

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

Atkinson Canal Trail

CO - 1.4 miles

The Atkinson Canal Trail is a 1.4-mile multipurpose pathway built over a disused irrigation ditch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The trail’s northern endpoint is on 27th Street near the traffic...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Recent Trail Reviews

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Glenwood Canyon and Colorado River Up Close

November, 2017 by mbcallawa

I drove I-70 west to Glenwood Springs in order to bicycle the Rio Grande Rail Trail (from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, a former candidate for the Rail Trail Hall of Fame). I was disappointed to be driving through such a spectacular canyon at high speed, not able to enjoy the canyon and river views because all my attention was riveted on the Interstate traffic. At Glenwood Springs, I asked at a bicycle shop where the start of the Rio Grande Trail was. The bike shop guy said I should definitely check out the Glenwood Canyon Trail, too, which I did the next day. Glad I did! There is no better way to enjoy the river and the canyon scenery. I relished seeing what I had missed in my car. The Colorado was in June flood, and one section of the trail had several inches of water on it - that's how up close and personal you get to the massive rapids. There is one brief section on regular roads with some short hills, but they have little traffic. The rest of the paved trail is right next to the river with a gentle grade east, up river. You can see and hear the railroad trains on the other side of the river, and you are adjacent to and below I-70 on the north bank. This is not a wilderness experience, but the architecture of the road and trail on one side, and the RR and tunnels on the other are interesting in their own right. Towering over it all are the massive red canyon walls. Overall it was a sublime experience; an ideal cycling day ride (28 miles out and back), car free and carefree, with spectacular canyon views and roaring rapids.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

look beyond the interstate

November, 2017 by auerbach_j

I pretty much concur with the other reviewers comments but I have to knock off a star for the proximity to the busy, noisy, ugly interstate. If there was no super highway it would be a 6 star ride! But to be honest, if there was no interstate there would be no path. If you can keep your focus toward the nicer natural side of things, it is an incredibly unique and scenic place and fun, stress free riding. 

¿This is not a flat, riverside trail but it is not that difficult. As to be expected, it climbs going up river with the western half (up to Hanging Lake) having more climbing (a few hundred feet total). The eastern half (east of Hanging Lake) is mostly flat¿ but is a little more exposed to the winds, and the winds tend to blow pretty good out of the west through the canyon. So even though you may be going downriver/slightly downhill in the eastern half, it can be some work if the wind picks up. 

¿At certain times of the year (fall/winter), sections of the river are de-watered (dam is closed).... it looks kind of weird and there is no whitewater symphony to drown out the highway cacophony.¿ Guess that makes up for other times when there is an abundance of water and it can be over the path! ;-)

Being a relatively narrow and tall canyon means not a lot of sunlight gets in at certain times at certain places. On hot summer days this is great; on cooler shoulder season days, be prepared for some chilly spots.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

excellent

September, 2017 by cymom2001

The trail is very well maintained. The scenery is superb also nice to have clean bathrooms and easy spots to get off the trail for breaks.

Accordion

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Beautiful ride along the canyon walls and river

July, 2017 by johnrs2117

Plain and simple: It is just beautiful. About 13 or so miles along the Colorado river and among the canyon walls. The path is concrete all the way. You can stop half way up the trail from Glenwood Springs and hike the 1.5 mile to Hanging Lake. This is a trail that shouldn't be missed. It can get a little crowded in sections due to the people going to Hanging Lake, but otherwise not crowded at all.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Ride to Carbondale for breakfast

July, 2017 by johnrs2117

We started at 7:30 am at the trail head in Aspen. We rode the 30 or so miles to Carbondale for breakfast at the Village Smithy. Great ride and great place for breakfast. We rode back to Aspen. (We could have extended the downhill ride, about 10 more miles into Glenwood Springs but we didn't.) The trail is beautiful the entire way. You start out following the roaring river and rise a couple of hundred feet above the river and go from the paved path to a packed gravel path. (The gravel runs about 2 or 3 miles, then back on the paved path.) Easy on the bike though. We were on a tandem and had no problems. Once you get to the top above the river, it is down hill all the way into Carbondale. It took us a total of 1 hour 45 minutes to get to the restaurant. On the way back it is slightly an uphill ride. Just enough slope to make it a little challenging. It took us about 2 hours and 30 minutes to ride back to Aspen. It is a beautiful and wonderful ride the entire way. You will see the roaring river, ranches, and mountain vistas. You must ride this trail.

South Canyon Trail

Someday this will be a great trail

June, 2017 by dwright3

There are big plans for this trail - but they have not happened yet. Today this is a one mile stretch of paved trail that does not link with any other trails.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

a must ride if you get the chance

May, 2017 by thescoundrels

Started at the no name rest area,rode up 12 or so miles to the start.Did not see any rafters but riding next to the white water was just spectacular.There are rest areas with clean restrooms and picnic tables all along the way.The grade both up and back was gentle,very easy riding.The highway engineering is amazing all by itself.All along the way there is stuff to stop and look at.A destination ride for sure.

Rio Grande Trail

Rio Grande 2016

February, 2017 by febles492

This trip was a memorable experience
I really enjoyed the trail my mind just gets in another dimension
when I bicycle

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.

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!

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