Rio Grande Trail West is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nice easy level trail/path. Very quiet and peaceful along the river.
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.
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.