In 2020, Aspen Snowmass / the Roaring Fork Valley became the first IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center™ in Colorado and fifth in United States. With more than 300 miles of high quality singletrack to explore, the Roaring Fork Valley provides an incredible breadth of experiences for both local and visiting riders seeking beauty and exhilaration.
The IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center spans from Aspen and Snowmass to Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. The Aspen Snowmass / Roaring Fork IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center is the first Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado, only the fifth in United States, and among seven in the world.
Snowmass Village sits at the center of the trail network and is an ideal home base for exploring any and all of the trails. Guests riding in Snowmass can take their pick of adventure, from lift-served gravity trails in the Snowmass Bike Park and expert-only long rides, to family-friendly trails and backcountry adventures.
With Snowmass Village at its heart, the Roaring Fork Valley offers incredibly convenient and connected access between trails and communities. The Rio Grande Trail, for example, is a surfaced pathway that connects trail users from Glenwood Springs, through Carbondale, Basalt, past Snowmass Village, all the way to Aspen, 42 miles away. As riders traverse the Rio Grande Trail, they can choose from over 300 miles of easily accessed scenic terrain, from mountainous slopes and peaks, down to the valley floor. Favorite rides near Aspen and Snowmass Village include classics like the Government and Sunnyside Trails, with newer trails at Sky Mountain Park offering a way to link the upper valley trails together into loops ranging from an hour or two, to all-day adventures. While Snowmass offers beauty and challenge in all directions, the Snowmass Bike Park’s gondola and chairlift deliver riders above 11,000’, and offer descents of over 3,000’ to arrive back at Snowmass Town Park. Exploring the middle of the valley in Basalt and Carbondale, riders can find red rock terrain and desert cactus at Red Hill, or endless aspen tree groves and massive views of the Elk Mountains range on the Hay Park Trail. Red Mountain, one of Glenwood Springs’ new favorite trail systems, includes the Grandstaff Trail where grand views of Mount Sopris meet fun flow, big vertical drops, and optional airtime.
In addition to the Gold-Level trails, the Roaring Fork Valley is home to 10+ bikes shops that are recognized for quality service and product, and some of the best restaurants, bars, and post-ride hangouts in the state.
For more information, please visit RFMBA.org/Ride-Center. For post-ride activities, please visit www.gosnowmass.com.