In the spring, summer, and fall, one of the most exciting Aspen Snowmass outdoor activities is road biking on winding, mountain roads. Aspen road bike rides take cyclists to scenic areas, all while delivering a physical challenge on high altitude climbs.
Maroon Creek Road & Castle Creek Road
A popular Aspen bike ride is riding on Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells. This bike ride is approximately 8 miles one way, and ends at Maroon Lake. From there, cyclists can gaze out at the stunning Maroon Bells―two 14,000' peaks.
One valley over is Castle Creek Road, another popular stretch of pavement for cyclists. Ride on Castle Creek Road, and stop for lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse. After a delicious mountain-style meal, tour Ashcroft, a former ghost town turned historical site.
East of Aspen Trail & Independence Pass
The East of Aspen Trail runs parallel with Highway 82 and the Roaring Fork River just outside of downtown Aspen. Follow the trail to North Star Nature Preserve, and take a break; you might just spot wildlife! If you're looking for a leisurely bike ride, the East of Aspen Trail is perfect.
And if you're up for a challenge, continue on Highway 82 to Independence Pass. Over approximately 19 miles, you'll climb from an elevation of 7,900' to just over 12,000' at the top of the pass.
Snowmass Bike Trails ― Owl Creek Trail
Owl Creek Trail is a fun and easy bike ride that connects Snowmass Village and Aspen. Start off your bike ride in Snowmass Village, and head into Aspen to shop at the Saturday Farmers' Market, or to attend an Aspen Music Festival concert at the Music Tent.
Rio Grande Trail
The Rio Grande Trail stretches from Aspen all the way to Glenwood Springs, about 40 miles away. Many people enjoy taking the trail from Aspen to Woody Creek to enjoy lunch at Woody Creek Tavern. The bike ride is about 8 miles one way, and along the way, you'll ride parallel to the beautiful Roaring Fork River.
Your next Snowmass vacation
Are you ready for a mountain getaway, where you can hop on your bike, and just ride? If so, start your travel planning by viewing our luxury Snowmass vacation rentals.
If you're ready to book a vacation rental, or if you need assistance finding the right rental for you and your group, contact us. Call Alpine Property at 1-866-209-1540, or send us an email.
Aspen Road Bike Rides
Rio Grande Trail
Aspen, CO 81611