Aspen Biking

Enjoying a bike ride in Aspen is a great activity where opportunities abound to bask in the natural beauty of this scenic mountain town. For an easy bike ride along the Roaring Fork River, the Rio Grande is the perfect trail as it is flat, scenic, and paved for most of its 43 miles. The Rio Grande Trail is a great for a cruiser ride in the evening to take in the sweet smell of the evening mountain air, golden sunshine, and sounds of the rushing river teeming with trout.

Mountain biking and road biking in Aspen are both popular outdoor activities. For a vigorous mountain bike, the Government Trail is exceptional. Starting in Aspen, the Government Trail winds up and over Buttermilk Mountain and ends in the Snowmass area. For a shorter mountain bike ride, Smuggler Mountain is a fantastic trail that on the ascent offers a fun challenge followed by a quick, exciting descent back into Aspen.

For road cyclists, opportunities are endless for an exhilirating and energizing road ride in the Aspen area. Ride up Castle Creek Road to the ghost town of Ashcroft. Take a break from the ride to tour the ghost town's remaining structures, and afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Pinecreek Cookhouse. The sixteen mile roundtrip ride to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells is a great way to spend the afternoon on a bike. The view of the Maroon Bells, the two most photographed peaks in America, if not in North America, is absolutely breathtaking. The climb to the top of Independence Pass is a challenging and rewarding road ride. Riders follow Highway 82 outside of Aspen climbing up to the top of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet.

Whether bicycle riders are looking for a peaceful cruise along the river, a challenging and technical mountain bike trail, or a exciting and scenic road ride, Aspen has it all when it comes to bicycle riding in the mountains.

For additional information on any of these Aspen area hikes, please call our concierges at (800) 862-7736 ext. 3515 or email them at