Guidebook

5 of the Best MTB Trail Rides in Aspen/Snowmass

Explore 5 of the best pedal-driven singletrack loops in the Aspen/Snowmass area.

Description

Aspen has a distinct reputation as one of the poshest mountain destinations in the world. That reputation is well-earned, with multi-million dollar celebrity mansions spread across the hillsides. What Aspen does _not_have is a reputation as a singletrack-filled mountain bike town… but perhaps it should.

Sinuous singletrack is spread up and down the entire Roaring Fork Valley, but the epicenter is undoubtedly Snowmass. Here, the trail network is dense and concentrated, with spidery trail arms reaching out to both Carbondale and Aspen on either end of the valley.

Unlike some mountain destinations that have just one or two marquee rides, the trail riding in the Roaring Fork Valley is a massive web of interconnected trails that can be sliced, diced, and combined in a variety of different ways. But despite these various combinations, a few key trails stand out.

Dig into the top 5 routes in this guidebook for some of the best riding on the Aspen/Snowmass end of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Government Trail Point-to-Point
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Government Trail Point-to-Point

Aspen
17.9 km
577 m
839 m
A classic point-to-point singletrack running from Snowmass to Buttermilk.
Difficult
Private
Rim Trail Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rim Trail Loop

Aspen Summer
17.2 km
612 m
612 m
A locals favorite with a moderate climb and descent with great views of Snowmass mountain and the Roaring Fork Valley.
Moderate
Private
Buttermilk Bowls
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Buttermilk Bowls

Aspen
14.4 km
688 m
688 m
A straightforward figure-8 ride on Buttermilk Mountain.
Difficult
Private
Smuggler Mountain -> Sunnyside Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Smuggler Mountain -> Sunnyside Loop

Aspen Summer
27.2 km
1,039 m
1,039 m
A big backcountry loop located right in Aspen's backyard.
Difficult
Private
View Line Loop

View Line Loop

Aspen Summer
6.6 km
246 m
246 m
Climb through meadows, shrubbery, and small trees. Not technically challenging but physically demanding.
Moderate
Private