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Snowmass to Aspen via Government Trail

A classic, one-way singletrack ride through aspen groves, evergreen forests and alpine meadows

13.95 Miles
2,086' Ascent
2,613' Descent
9,613' High
7,899' Low
91% Sngltrk
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About Snowmass to Aspen via Government Trail

This singletrack adventure from Snowmass Village to Aspen is a mountain biking classic. Starting in Snowmass Village, head up the gravel road on Fanny Hill to the start of the Village Bound trail. Wind your way up the West side of Snowmass on Village Bound until you intersect with the Government Trail. Take a left onto Government trail and follow it East across the entirety of Snowmass over bumps and stumps, across streams, and through aspen groves and alpine meadows. This trail showcases the very best of cross country mountain biking in the Rockies. After crossing Snowmass and continuing on East, you’ll reach the Buttermilk ski area and begin your descent into Aspen. At the base of Buttermilk, you’ll reach a short strip of pavement where you’ll take a left to the Tiehack parking lot. Follow¬†the bridge over Maroon Creek and take a left onto the singletrack trail immediately following the bridge crossing. Follow the single track to the bridge over Maroon Creek Road where the rest of your ride into Aspen is on pavement. From here, follow the signs to downtown Aspen.

To return to Snowmass via public transportation, take the RFTA bus to Snowmass Village. You will pay a $2 bike fee (exact change only) to transport you bike back to town.

Please note: this trail is currently closed for elk calving season. It will open on June 28.


Free parking is available in the numbered parking lots in Snowmass Village as well as the parking structure in Base Village.

Map Location of Parking Lot

Trail Conditions

Snowmass to Aspen via Government Trail opens on 06/28/2020

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Rentals & Service

Snowmass Village has everything you need to gear up for cycling. Local shops offer the latest in bike rentals and gear.

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Bike Clinics

Riders of all abilities can take advantage of mountain biking clinics to work on everything from feeling comfortable on two-wheels to fine-tuning downhill freeriding techniques.

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Events & Races

Snowmass Village is a cycling community at the core. Weekly races offer a fantastic way to meet and mingle with local cyclists while giving you the opportunity to challenge yourself to a personal best.

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Travel & Parking

Getting to Snowmass is easy and getting to the trailhead is even easier. Snowmass Village boasts plentiful free parking at multiple locations making it hassle-free to get out of your vehicle and on to your ride.

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