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Rio Grande Trail

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 4.3 (3)

World class paved path connecting Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.


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43.5

Miles

70.0

KM

100%

Runnable

7,892' 2,406 m

High

5,720' 1,744 m

Low

338' 103 m

Up

2,509' 765 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

To help protect wildlife habitat, no dogs are permitted at any time between Catherine Bridge Trailhead and Rock Bottom Ranch. In addition, this particular section of trail is seasonally closed Dec. 1, 5pm April 30, 5pm.

Description

The Rio Grande Trail spans the length of the Roaring Fork Valley, use it to connect to numerous singletrack networks, as well as downtown Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. One non-paved section of trail remains near Aspen.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority manages the greatest portion of the Rio Grande Trail, while Pitkin Open Space and Trails manages the up valley portion. The Rio Grande has 42 miles of continuous multi-use trail and is completely protected from vehicular traffic except at intersections. The Rio Grande Trail is a rails to trails project which is built on the Aspen Branch of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Train operations in the corridor ceased in phases, between the 1960s and the mid 1990s. Learn more about the trail here.

TRAIL ETIQUETTE
Cyclists must use an audible signal when overtaking other trail users .
Pet wastes must be disposed of properly.
Respect private property - stay on the trail at all times.
All dogs must be on leash
Bicyclists and pedestrians yield to equestrian.

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Mike Pritchard

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  4.3 from 3 votes

#8

in Aspen

#9051

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#8

in Aspen

#761

in Colorado

#9,051

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Mar 13, 2019
Walter Powers
Feb 2, 2019
Ofer Y
Nice run, mostly on packed snow. Trail has very little shade - make sure to get proper sun protection. 20mi