An IMBA Gold Level Ride Center, Aspen and the surrounding area provide spectacular and sometimes quite challenging terrain for mountain bikers.
IMBA Gold Level Ride Center
In 2020 Aspen Snowmass Roaring Fork Valley was awarded Gold Level Ride Center Status by International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Check out our Valley Partnership with Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and the Aspen Snowmass Epic Loop.
Below is a list of trails from easy to difficult rides. Some things to remember: mechanized vehicles are not allowed within the wilderness boundaries and this includes mountain bikes - keep in mind, three-fourths of the Aspen district is comprised of wilderness area - so use this list below for available rides. For additional information, please call the local Forest Service office at 970-925-3445 or visit the National Forest website.
A map of hiking and biking trails, historic sites, fishing easements, parks, and more in Pitkin County is now available online and via a free mobile app. Check out the site here or download the app: Pitkin Outside.
Aspen Trail Finder is a great resource for trails, maps and current conditions, including pictures.
Check out this article by RootsRated - The 7 Biggest and Best Mountain Bike Trails in Aspen Snowmass.
Mountain Bike Trails
Smuggler Mountain Road - Follow Neal Street to King Street to Park Street to Smuggler Mountain Road where the trip begins. At the fork in the road (approximately 1 ½ miles), take a left. This road travels uphill for one and a half miles to the Smuggler Observation Deck. Going left will connect you with an entire network of trails: Smuggler Mountain Road to Hunter Creek Trail and Smuggler Mountain Road to Lenado Trail.
Rio Grande Trail - This trail begins behind the Post Office on Puppy Smith Street. The first two miles are paved. The trail then crosses Cemetery Lane becoming a dirt trail at that point. The trail proceeds northwest to Woody Creek (EASY). With only 24 hours in Aspen, we recommend biking to Woody Creek Tavern for lunch.
Sunnyside Trail - The trail begins on Cemetery Lane. Follow Cemetery Lane from Hwy 82 where the road crosses the Roaring Fork River. Approximately ¼ mile beyond this point, you will see the trail beginning on the right.
Brush Creek/Government Trail - The trail begins behind the tennis courts on Maroon Creek Road. It crosses Buttermilk Mountain and finishes in Snowmass. As this trail crosses private property, it is VERY important that bikers stay on the trail only. Failure to do so could jeopardize future use of this trail.
Adventure & Recreation
Aspen Snowmass is gearing up for the return of America’s Downhill™ course on Aspen Mountain—a steep, corkscrewing technical track overlooking the town of Aspen—from March 3-5, 2023. Premiere alpine racers will suit up, clip in, and compete against each other (and the clock) in men’s super G and downhill, offering onlookers everything from speed-fueled upsets to fairytale endings, all adding new lore to Aspen’s strong ties in ski racing.
With longer, sunnier days, powder storms, goggle tans, and some of the best après parties of the season- it’s no secret that March is one of the best months to ski in Aspen. Not convinced? Here are five of our favorite reasons why we are all about skiing in Aspen in March. 5 Reasons to Ski Aspen in March.
Experience Aspen in-person or online. Start planning your weekly Aspen itinerary with these options below: