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Description - The City of Aspen Parks Department manages over 22 miles of hard surface, soft surface and single-track trails through one of the most scenic mountain backdrops in the world. The trail system provides a seamless system interconnected between Aspen/Snowmass and down valley to Woody Creek, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Other managing partners of area trails include Snowmass Village Parks and Recreation, USFS-White River National Forest, Aspen Nordic Council and Aspen Ski Company.

Attractions - The paved Owl Creek Trail connects Aspen and the nearby resort of Snowmass Village. The Rio Grande Trail follows the old railroad bed from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Most of the trail is paved with a short section between Woody Creek and Aspen hard packed.

Sunnyside Trail provides access to Red Mountain to the north of town. Hunter Creek Trail and Smuggler Mountain Road provide access to a large network of mountain bike and hiking trails to the northeast of town.

The East of Aspen Trail provides access to the North Star Nature Preserve and Difficult Campground. Ute Trail and Summer Road provide access to Aspen Mountain to the south of town.

Recreation - Much of the trail system is suitable for road bicycles. The trails provide access to nearby towns, mountain biking and hiking trails as well as fishing sites along the Roaring Fork River.

Climate - In the valley bottoms, summer high temperatures extend into the 70's and mid 80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 30 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Much of the area and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until mid-July.

Location - The trail system is located in and around the resort town of Aspen, Colorado, located on the upper section of the Roaring Fork River.


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Additional Information:
Aspen Area - Aspen sits at the upper end of the scenic Roaring Fork Valley, in the mountains of west-central Colorado. Aspen is a world-class ski resort, and with its mountain setting, a center for endless other outdoor recreation activities.
Aspen Ranger District - The Aspen Ranger District surrounds the resort town of Aspen, at the upper end of the Roaring Fork River Valley. It encompasses some spectacular mountain terrain in the Elk Mountains, and Sawatch Range.
Aspen/Snowmass Vicinity - The Aspen/Snowmass Vicinity includes the area immediately adjacent to the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village.

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