Best Aspen Lodging for Mountain Bikers! Lift One is in the perfect location for combining a mountain biking adventure with an overnight lodging package. We have ground floor unites available if you prefer and our parking is safe and secure. There are three bike shops within a few blocks (Aspen Bikes, Basalt Bike and Ski, and Hub of Aspen.)
Aspen, Colorado Mountain Bike Trails And Parks
While snow-capped mountains and winter sports are often the first things that come to mind when you think of Aspen, CO, this world famous Colorado mountain town offers a wide array of fun, year-round activities for the whole family.
One of the most popular activities for summertime visitors in Aspen is mountain biking. In fact, the city was recently rated one of the top 20 mountain bike towns in the U.S. as it offers a plethora of trails with stunning vistas for mountain bikers of all skill levels.
Trails in Aspen range from easy fire roads to hardcore single-track; however regardless of your skill level it’s important to take some time to get adjusted to the areas altitude (just under 8,000 feet in town) before you begin your mountain biking trek. The rarefied air up here has helped produce some of cyclings top talent.
If you are brand new to the sport of mountain biking, Aspen’s Snowmass Bike Park has its own skills park for those who need to brush up on their skills and learn the terminology they will need to know to begin the downhill trails. The park offers professional teachers that offer private lessons as well as group clinics to help get you started.
Furthermore, all trails at Snowmass Bike Park can be accessed via lift.
Let’s take a look at some of Aspen’s trails ranging from the easiest to the most hardcore. For a complete Trail Map visit the MTB Project
While Snowmass Bike Park offers trails for all experience levels, it has a few that are best suited for beginners. One such trail is the Verde trail, a downhill beginner flow trail that is 3.5 miles long and takes bikers through beautiful pine and aspen forests.
Rio Grande is another trail for beginners that offers a wide, flat path which winds alongside the Roaring Fork River for 42 miles into Glenwood Springs.
Hunter Creek Valley is great for families who are looking for a gentle cross-country style trail. This gorgeous trail is stretched out over several miles and takes riders on a journey beside the beautiful Hunter Creek and through hillsides of aspen tree. Note that parking is limited, parking is at Red Mountain off Hunter Creek Drive.
For more experienced riders who are looking to flex their skills, the Smuggler Mountain to Hunter Creek Valley trail offers 6 miles of steep, rocky, yet well-traveled road. It’s important to note that this trail has few shady areas, so make sure to bring along your sunscreen and water.
Sky Mountain Park offers 5.8 miles of continuous two-way riding with three access points and beautiful 360 degree-views of Snowmass and Independence Pass. This park is lower elevation and provides banked switchbacks, burms, and small jumps for those who wish to practice.
Government Trail is one of Aspen’s most notable and challenging trails. At 6.5 miles, this trail takes riders on a journey through scenic aspen groves, meadows, streams and overlooks. This trail offers cardio-intensive uphill portions, and technical rock gardens for experienced riders.
The Power of Four route, reserved for the most “ultra-fit” mountain bikers encompasses all four Aspen Snowmass resorts. This trail is an impressive 33 miles long and is divided into four segments: Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Mountain. This trail features a race each year with a wide diversity of terrain.
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