Rio Grande Trail is a 42.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
You have (at least) three trail options. You can start in Glenwood Springs and journey uphill to Aspen, then take the RFTA (Roaring Fork Transit Authority) bus back; you can bus to Aspen and ride downhill (net) back. Or you can ride out and back. (Are you crazy?) (-: Of course there are also options to just ride a portion of the trail with various RFTA bus stops along the way in towns such as El Jebel and Carbondale. If you choose to take one of the RFTA bus, not only will that save your weary legs, but it will give you a chance to mingle with some of the locals. No matter which way you choose to go, you will enjoy this world-class, high altitude trail. This trail, is great for family bonding trips by foot, horseback, bike, inline skate, Trikke, recumbent, tandem, or nordic skis. The trail is also wheelchair accessible and great for walking with your best friend, whether that friend is the two-legged or four-legged variety.
Rode the trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and back. Right now there is a detour due to mountain lion activity that starts past Carbondale and puts you back on the trail in Basalt. Detour takes you out on the roads, but is well marked. When you come into Aspen the last few miles are gravel. There is always a strong headwind when coming back from Aspen to Glenwood.
Lovely trail, and really not too much traffic on a Fri mid day. Very mild grades. Everyone from my 4 year old on his little one speed to my wife on her racing bike enjoyed it. Some shade, but not a lot. We went from Glenwood springs to Carbondale.
We did 22mi of Rio Grande Trail. The day was beautiful. It rained on us towards the end of our ride but it was good as wee needed the cool-down.
This trail is great for running and biking! Train on this trail during the week. It's long and well maintained.
We live to ride our bikes on this trail. In Aspen it follows a river and there are many pretty places to sit and lunch. Riding all the way to Woody Creek Tavern, Basalt, Carbondale or Glenwood is really, really fun for the whole family. Not much elevation gain or loss, so biking is relatively easy, save for the distance you choose. Younger children will get tired. You can catch the RFTA buses back to Aspen and each bus holds 4 bikes (first come first serve). Make sure you have money for the bus, it isn't free outside of Aspen. About $6 per person.
We walked about 6 or more miles on this trail. Beautiful trail.
I like to call this trail my front yard because I'm so close to it but if your going to use this trail start in Glenwood and work your way up then its down hill on your way back. This trail is well maintained all year round so for Cross country skiing its worth the exercise, even if you just out for the scenery and a walk.
Excellent biking trail. It starts in Aspen near the Art Museum. We rode out about 7 miles to the Woody Creek Tavern. The length of the trail is marked off in miles and half miles. We started at mile 41. I think it's a lot longer than 20 miles. It goes from Glenwood Spring to Aspen and was done by Rails to Trails along an old railroad right of way. It is 42 miles long.
Along the way, there are plaques with astronomical information about various planets which was fun. The track is paved and dirt in places and well maintained. For more adventurous types, along the side are also good mountain biking trails. We saw a park ranger riding his bike next to the Rio Grande Trail.
The highlight of our trip, was having a small Black Bear literally come up from the river and run across in front of us into the bushes going up the mountain. We had stopped for water and he was only 20 feet in front of us.
Well traveled by bikers and hikers. It's pretty level with not much loss or gain of elevation which for Aspen is sort of unique.