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Explore the best rated trails in Vail, CO, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Dillon Reservoir Recpath and Fremont Pass Recreational Pathway . With more than 22 trails covering 210 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Rio Grande Trail

Spectacular Fall Ride!

October, 2023 by ltenery

This was a fabulous ride! We took the train from Denver to Glenwood Springs, biked to our overnight accommodations then shuttled to Aspen in the morning. VelociRFTA L or BRT allows bikes (eBikes < 60 lbs allowed) after 7a. 2-3 bikes per bus, first come, first served. Shuttle to Aspen $5 w/bike, seniors free. ~90 min to Aspen. Breakfasted in Aspen, then set out on spectacular fall-colored, 42mi ride. If you only have 30mi in you do Aspen>Carbondale, the last 12mi are not particularly memorable.

Rio Grande Trail

Great trail experience

September, 2023 by jhinkle

A unique experience on a scenic trail. We loaded the bikes on the front of the RFTA bus and rode 1 1/2 hour t from Glenwood Springs to Aspen for $3. Biked a gentle decline for 40 miles with great views along the Roaring Fork River. This trail should be in the hall of fame. Buses were running about every 20 minutes, can load bikes after 7am, and no e-bikes. You can get latest on the bus at the Glenwood Springs visitors center.

Ten Mile Canyon Recpath

Beautiful Ride

July, 2023 by thielg53

This is a scenic ride. From Frisco it is a steady slow climb which, given the elevation, was a challenge for me (and many others). The views are worth it! Coming downhill was a blast!

Accordion

Swan Mountain Recpath

stunning

July, 2023 by galitz.mike

This bike path is stunning and steep can be a rough ride if you’re not seasoned

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Beautiful Ride

June, 2023 by thielg53

This is a beautiful ride along the Colorado River. Most of the trail you are just a few feet from the river. With the wind today we could experience some spray from the river. Fun to watch the the Rocky Mountaineer train pass on the other side of the river. NOTE: Currently the trail is closed from Shoshone Plant to the west, due to high water.

Vail Pass Recpath

Beautiful views and easy cycle as mostly downhill

June, 2023 by sydabramson

Beautiful views and easy cycle as mostly downhill

Rio Grande Trail

Beware.. seasonal closure

April, 2023 by shelliott50

April 26!!! We heard the prettiest part of the Rio Grande Trail was from Carbondale down to Aspen. Unfortunately about 3 miles out of Carbondale the trail had a gate and was closed seasonally from Dec 1 through April 30 with detour sign that routes you through El Jebel and Basalt, approx 4 miles!! Several of those detour roads were very heavy traffic and not near as pleasant as the trail!! So RIDER BEWARE Dec 1 - April 30

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Best Ride Ever!

October, 2022 by hokiesam78

My wife and I rode this today. Beautiful weather, perfect temperature. Gorgeous ride from Glenwood Springs up the canyon. Mild uphill grade for 12 miles (1540 elevation climb). Coming back you can almost coast all the way. This is my favorite ride now.

Mineral Belt Trail

9/11/22 Mineral Belt Trail

September, 2022 by paulz

My wife and I rented bikes from Cycles of Life in Leadville Co. My wife rented an E bike and I rented a Gravel bike. Both bikes were excellent bikes. The Gravel bike was a carbon Fiber Niner RLT 1x (almost $6 k bike!). The shop also had excellent service with bike instructions and directions to the trail. Anyway, we rode the trail clockwise going up for about 6 miles then back down. The trail was macadam the whole way and very scenic views and many historic mining sites along the way. My wife appreciated the E bike as our total ascent from the shop was about 800 ft for the ride. I loved the ride and not many trail users.

Ten Mile Canyon Recpath

9/10/22 Ten Mile Canyon Recpath from Frisco to Copper Mountain.

September, 2022 by paulz

My wife and I rented bikes from Pioneer Bike shop on Summit Blvd. in Frisco Co. We rode to Ten Mile Canyon Recpath from there. It was a little confusing to get to the path since there are numerous access points and there are numerous paths in Frsisco. Once on the path, it was a 10 ish mile and about 600 ft climb to Copper Mtn ski village. Glad my wife rented an E bike. It was a macadam trail. It was a saturday and a nice day. The path was rather busy. Riders going downhill ride rather fast. Must be alert as the path curves often. Wish we had more time to spend in the Ski Village. There was a festival going on.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

From Glenwood Springs to the top and back

September, 2022 by gtedlarson1

We rode 16 miles up, with 950’ elevation gain, then 16 back down, and thoroughly enjoyed the easy ride next to the enchanting Colorado River. The canyon changed character as we rode. It was spectacular. We saw dozens of rafters engaging the rapids, along with calmer stretches. While it was fun being next to (and under) I-70, a few times the traffic noise was distracting. We enjoyed our time in Glenwood Springs in this Western Slope of Colorado, and recommend this trail, and the Rio Grande.

Rio Grande Trail

Aspen to Glenwood Springs

September, 2022 by gtedlarson1

This became one of our top ten trails around the country. We got on the RFTA bus in Glenwood Springs at the 27th Street bus stop for a 75 minute ride up to Aspen, with our bikes on the front bike holders. After exploring Aspen town, the ride down (mostly level valleys and 1% to 2% downhills) was an nice four-hour rail-trail ride covering 42 miles. Loved it!

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