Rio Grande Trail
Rio Grande Trail
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ExploreLaughLoveLearn
Aliso Viejo, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We rented bikes in town and rode out to the Rio Grande Trail. It was an easy and scenic trail, perfect for our family. We stopped several times along the way for a snack or just to admire the scenery. They say bears are sometimes cited here this time of year. We did spot some wildlife, but we did not run into any bears. We were only gone a couple of hours. We took our time and stopped off at the John Denver Sanctuary on the way back to town. Great, family friendly, accessible bike or walking trail.
Written February 11, 2020
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namefunnel
Lexington, MA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We rented eBikes from Four Mountain Sports in Aspen, and bicycled the Rio Grande trail from Aspen almost to Basalt, stopping at Woody Creek Tavern on the way back. The best part of the trail for us was between Aspen and Woody Creek, with the trail hugging the cliff side and the river far below, but wide enough to be safe and not stressful. The surprise waterfall alongside the trail was a nice bonus. People on the trail were friendly and happy and fun to talk with. We also really liked the mid-mount Trek eBikes that simply assist your pedaling rather than act like a moped.
Written September 9, 2021
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goodybroncofan
Fort Collins, CO18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I Might of already wrote a Review on this Bike trail Before. But it is Simply one of our Favorites. Every year we Drive out from Fort Collins to go to My Sister's House in New Castle. Just so that we can Ride our Bikes on the Rio Grande Bike Trail. We Always wanted to Ride this Trail in October and this year we Finally Did. We came out the first week of October and the Colors were Fantastic. The Aspen Colors were amazing and I had to Stop Myself from taking so many Pictures so we could complete our Ride. We ride from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and Back. It's just over 80 Miles but such a FANTASTIC RIDE. We would Highly Recommend this Ride to Anyone. You just won't be Disappointed.
Written November 5, 2020
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Leticia T
Erie, CO13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I cycled this trail from Carbondale to Aspen & back, almost 62 miles round trip, from 8:30am-3:45pm, Sat, Nov 4, 2023. We walked Aspen for a bit and grabbed something to eat at Clark's Market, eating on picnic tables in the middle of that shopping center. It's a really nice paved trail that mostly runs along the Roaring Fork River, but through open fields, parallelling highway 82, through the small towns of Woody Creek and Basalt. It's a gradual uphill to Aspen and even though it's downhill back to Carbondale, it's still work both ways. The last 5 miles into & out of Aspen are gravel and that area is at the bottom of a hill/mountain with signs to watch out for rock slides. Since it had snowed the week before, some spots that don't see sun were still covered with frozen snow which made it hard to ride through as you could easily get caught in a rut and eat it. There's a small waterfall along the trail outside Aspen, nothing special, but different. We enjoyed the ride with views of the surrounding mountains & fields and would like to ride this trail in the fall, when the leaves are changing. And next time we'll stop at Woody Creek Tavern (as recommended by reviews). We only saw two portapotties along the trail but there's a nice facility in Aspen, can't miss it.
Written November 8, 2023
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Stephen S
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great paved trail. My wife and I road from Glenwood Springs down to Carbondale and back which was a perfect late morning ride. Small uphill grade all the way to Carbondale but then you get to coast back. Easy for relatively fit non-cyclists. Well-maintained and almost empty when we went on a Monday. Essentially no shade though- so make sure you have sunscreen.
Written October 11, 2020
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LightPacker389592
San Antonio, TX76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Rented comfort NON ebikes from aspen bikes (great store downtown aspen where we also rented paddle boards and cruised the sanctuary located a few miles up the road) and road to the town of basalt. Beautiful easy 18 mile flat/ downhill ride, stopped at woodys for a drink and had lunch at the tipsy trout on the river in basalt. Rode our bikes to the bus station maybe a mile away and loaded our bikes on the bus for a free ride back to aspen. This is an absolute must, the prettiest part is as you are riding out of aspen but it was just a gorgeous 70 degree sunny day. My 15 yo son loved it.
Written June 23, 2020
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MattIowa
Coralville, IA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a great bike trail. Note, I rode it from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale and have not been on the Aspen end of it. From Glenwood Springs to Carbondale it is a low grade ascent. Trail is wide and family friendly. I missed a sign in Carbondale (I'm sure it was there and it was my own fault). I accidentally ended up by the Crystal River Trail south out of Carbondale and really enjoyed that. There are a few more ups and downs on the Crystal River Trail, but it is quieter with less nearby car traffic.
Written July 9, 2020
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Jamie Jo H
76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We rented bikes to ride along the Rio Grande Trail in Aspen. The trailhead is easy to find. We enjoyed this trail so much that we went back a second time during our stay in Aspen. Much of the trail is along the river.
Written June 14, 2021
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Ashley V
California4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
My husband and I just walked the Rio Grande Trail all the way from the John Denver Sanctuary (that was our starting point and a GORGEOUS and inspirational way to start the walk) to Woody Creek Tavern, about 8 miles away. It was a long walk but stunning. Most others we saw were biking the trail. I think very few people walk it.

The first mile and a half of the trail were the most scenic. You're in Aspen walking right between the rushing river and some gorgeous real estate. If you're only interesting in walking about 3 miles I recommend starting at the JD Sanctuary (we spend about 45 minutes there, relaxing, taking pictures and reading the inspirational quotes and lyrics written on the rocks) and walking for a mile and half and then turning around and heading back. If you're up for a grander adventure, you can walk the whole 8 miles to Woody Creek Tavern where you'll want to catch an Uber/Lyft or Taxi back to Aspen (about $18). We, of course, had to stop in the Tavern and have a beer or two, and a bowl of chips before catching our ride. : )
Written July 3, 2019
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Matthew L
Texas406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Reading these reviews I thought a bike ride through Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek, then continuing on to Basalt would be a breeze, it was anything but. Most of the views during the ride were fantastic although there are some points in the ride where there is not much to see and what there is to see seem to repeat,,,farm houses, small valleys, etc...
After riding for a few hours I finally made it to Woody's Creek Tavern, I was exhausted for the ride and inquired about a bus that might bring me back to Aspen. The waitress informed me there are no buses running to Aspen but she could call a cab that could take me back for 50.00.....WOW!! 50 bucks to go 6 miles? Really? Not sure how much the waitress at Woody’s gets out of that but after her cut the cabbie still would be able to buy a full tank of gas.
After the attempted hustle by the waitress at Woody’s Tavern and the local cabbie, I decided to try and make it to Basalt where there were indeed buses that would take me back for 6 dollars total.
Basault was another 9 miles and the last bus back to Aspen was at 7:30, so I had to hurry as best I could as I was pushing it time wise.
This is where is gets a little hairy, the waitress at Woody’s gave me directions to the town of Basalt however, she left off very important points....She never told me to TURN right when I reached a high school on my left...there is no signage what so ever so you are basically on your own to figure it out.
After riding another 2 miles past where I was suppose to turn, , I run across a kid on a skateboard who tells me I passed the turn into Basualt and would have to double back...at this point I had very few good thoughts about the waitress at Woody’s....Not sure where I would be right now if not for the kid on the skateboard.
If you attempted this hike/ride, remember to turn right at the high school and follow the road down into Basalt, look to your right and when you see a Shell Station on your right turn and a short left at the station will lead you to the main road with the bus stop a few yards away on your right.
By the way, don’t bother stopping at Woody’s Tavern, they are over priced, the service is horrible and they give you stink eye if you just order drinks.
This ride is no joke, if you are not in tip top shape, don’t attempted the full ride to Basult or Woody Creek unless you want to spend that extortion fee of 50 to get back....this cabbie must make a fortune on tourist that don’t want to ride up hill all the way back. By the way, be on the look out for snakes, I saw several during the marathon 20 mile ride, and keep in mind there are no restroom facilities available so if you are attempting this with children or you have a small bladder you might want to reconsider your options. All in all, the Rio Grande Trail was nice however, for me, once was enough …Good luck and may the wind be at your back.
Written May 25, 2014
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