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Aspen Features Roads and Trails of All Terrains for Hiking and Biking

Mountain Biking


The Aspen/Snowmass area offers hiking trails of all types, giving you the opportunity to experience the high country’s breathtaking beauty during a casual stroll or a tough uphill climb. Catch the wildflowers in full bloom from mid-July to mid-August.


Aspen offers some of the greatest road and mountain biking trails in the world, with backcountry roads and trails traversing the entire Aspen/Snowmass area. Classic alpine road rides include the scenic rides to the Maroon Bells, Ashcroft Ghost Town, and the monster climb up Independence Pass. Aspen also boasts over 70 miles of single-track mountain biking, including the 11-mile Government Trail between Aspen and Snowmass, as well as the Hunter Creek and Four Corners areas. If you’re super-adventurous, ride from Aspen to Crested Butte.

Aspen Bike Rentals

There is a WE-Cycle station located on-site at The Gant, and nearly 50 stations available throughout Aspen and Basalt. The bicycle share program offers free rides for the first 30 minutes, making it the perfect option for getting around town.

Hiking and Biking Trails:

Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells Wilderness Area

The Maroon Bells is probably the image that comes to mind for most people when they think of Aspen.  This glacial valley surrounded by the 14,000′ peaks of the Elk Mountains has something to offer everyone.  Located just 10 miles […]

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Cathedral Lake
Hike to Cathedral Lake

The hike to Cathedral Lake is a local favorite and is a definite must-do while visiting Aspen during the summer or fall.  This pristine alpine lake with Cathedral Peak as its backdrop is the prefect place to relax if you really want to […]

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Buckskin Pass
Hike to Buckskin Pass

This 9 mile round trip hike is challenging but you won’t get a view like the one from Buckskin pass anywhere else in Colorado!  The hike starts at Maroon Lake and the majestic Maroon Bells.  Follow the West Maroon Trail and […]

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Ute Trail
Hike the Ute Trail

Take some time from your day to hike this 2.2 mile trail climbing over 1,200 feet that will give you a beautiful over look of our little mountain town.  It winds through a plethora of aspen trees, knotty pines along […]

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Sunnyside Trail
Hike Sunnyside Trail

There’s one Aspen, Colorado hike that we feel compelled to hike every summer – Sunnyside Trail!  It is beautiful in the early summer when trees are green and lush, and it is just as gorgeous in the fall when leaves are […]

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Aspen in the Fall
Hike to Crested Butte

Only 25 miles south of Aspen is another beautiful mountain town much like Aspen – Crested Butte. It evolved from a Ute Indian hunting ground to a ski resort. There are in fact, seven 14,000 foot peaks and several 13,000 […]

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Hunter Creek
Hunter Creek Trail

Hunter Creek trail takes you on a moderate hike with good views of both the Elk Mountain Range and Aspen.  The first three miles of the trail are heavily used by mountain bikers, hikers and joggers with their dogs.  These […]

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Smuggler Mountain
Hike Smuggler Mountain

Located opposite the Ute trail – Smuggler Mountain will give you a spectacular view of Aspen Mountain.  This is another locals favorite!  A perfect hike year round, having a 600 foot elevation gain and 3 miles round trip. Making it to the […]

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