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Aspen & Snowmass Road Biking

Your Summer Experience

Road biking in Aspen, Snowmass, and the Roaring Fork Valley is like nowhere else in the country. Beginners and experienced cyclists pedal under wide-open skies and magnificent scenery. From biking Independence Pass to sightseeing through downtown Aspen, there's a lot of fun to be had on two wheels.

Independence Pass/Highway 82
This 20-mile road climbs from Aspen to the top of Independence Pass, which is the highest paved pass in Colorado. The route is most popular during the summer. Cyclists share the road with car traffic. The ride is challenging, but cyclists can turn around at any point. Be sure to put this biking trip on your itinerary!

Rio Grande Trail
Forty-two miles long, this multi-use trail extends from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and is a popular choice for road biking. Easy to access, the Rio Grande Trail is a great option for families with children.

Maroon Bells
No Aspen vacation would be complete without an adventure in the Maroon Bells. Biking paths for all skill levels make it family-friendly. From mid-June to October between 8 AM and 5 PM, the Maroon Bells can only be reached by public bus. Visit on a weekday and enjoy the top-notch bus service for the best experience.

Road Biking in Basalt
Follow routes along sparkling rivers and through scenic valleys in Basalt. It's one of the access points for the Rio Grande Trail, which crosses the parking lot of Basalt High School. For an intermediate level ride, bike the Frying Pan Road 15 miles uphill to Ruedi Reservoir.

Castle Creek Road and Ashcroft
This intermediate trail rewards the cyclist with a visit to the ghost town of Ashcroft, once a silver mining town. Bring along a picnic and explore the local history.

Aspen Bike Rentals
Locally owned and operated, Aspen Bike Rentals offers road bikes designed for maximized enjoyment—including electric models that make uphills seem flat. Rentals are available for half day, day, or week. There's free delivery, too.

 

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