Downhill mountain biking lives at Snowmass. Lift-service downhill biking is made possible via the Elk Camp Gondola and Chairlift, which whisk riders up 3,000 vertical feet and offer endless options for descent on 16 purpose-built trails.
We have your guide for all the single-track, cross-country, downhill, or pavement-centric options, as well as information on bike rentals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Flowy and friendly singletrack. Scenic road biking and gravel grinding routes. Miles of cross-country trails. Adrenaline-inducing descents. The renowned Snowmass Bike Park. Both experts and first-timers will fall in love with the diverse terrain in the Aspen Snowmass area. And, with five convenient locations around Aspen Snowmass in the summer, Four Mountain Sports is your one-stop rental and retail bike shop in the Valley.
Get to know the area’s diverse biking and cycling options below.
Snowmass Bike Park
Like ski runs, downhill bike trails are labeled green, blue, and black with many variations in-between, so it’s easy to know where to start and where to progress.
If you're new to downhill mountain biking, start in the Meadows Skills Park—located at mid-mountain and accessed via gondola—so you can still experience everything the park has to offer while learning to love the sport.
Intermediate riders can find unbelievable flow on French Press, a super long, five-mile blue-rated descent with vegetation and climate changes along the way. Expert riders love Valhalla, Battle Axe, and of course, Animal Crackers—the most challenging trail in the Park with unrelenting technical features including off-camber roots, plunging corners with catch-berms and rock gardens. No matter your skill level, consider taking a camp or clinic through our Bike School to grow and hone your skills.
Snowmass Bike Park Series
Join local and visiting riders, or challenge your friends on a different course each week at the Snowmass Bike Park Series, held Tuesdays from July 5th to August 9th.
Come Find Your Flow in the Snowmass Bike Park
First-Timers Guide to Snowmass Bike Park
Snowmass Bike Park offers a growing network of thrilling and addictive downhill mountain bike trails. Here’s what you need to know before your first time hitting the trails.
Beginner's Guide to Snowmass Bike Park
Learn more about what Snowmass Bike Park has to offer for families and beginners to the thrilling sport of mountain biking, only from Aspen Snowmass.
Bike Safety in the Snowmass Bike Park
It may seem as easy as "riding a bike," but navigating the Snowmass Bike Park's downhill trails requires several safety considerations. We provide a rundown in this guide.
Mountain Biking Around Aspen Snowmass
Outside of the Snowmass Bike Park, there are hundreds of miles of trails stretching across the Roaring Fork Valley—from Aspen all the way down to Glenwood Springs—and their range is unparalleled. You can explore big loops of singletrack connecting Aspen to Snowmass as well as classic cross-country climbs and descents in Basalt and Carbondale. No matter what you’re looking to do—roll through fields of flowers on a short ride, or spend a full day getting deep in the backcountry—there’s a trail for you.
Mountain Biking At and Around Aspen Snowmass
Mountain Bike Trails
Learn about the specific trails at the Snowmass Bike Park and get to know a few of the surrounding cross-country trails that connect to it so you can plot your perfect ride.
Mountain Biking in the Roaring Fork Valley
Explore an overview of the mountain biking trail network found across the Roaring Fork Valley and greater Aspen Snowmass area.
Road Biking Around Aspen Snowmass
The mountain biking in Aspen may get most of the attention, but the road biking roots here also run deep. Many professional cyclists live or have lived in Aspen, and even more visit on a regular basis. The high-altitude climbs make for a great training ground and the beautiful scenery is an ideal backdrop for any type of ride. While hills are a part of cycling here, there are many routes that avoid the most strenuous and popular climbs.
Road Biking Around Aspen Snowmass
Aspen's Most Popular Bike Routes
Get ready for scenic beauty and pedal power. We take a look at the top 18 cruiser, road and e-bike routes throughout the Aspen area and Roaring Fork Valley.
E-Biking and Cruising Around Aspen Snowmass
Step downtown during the summer and you’ll see bike racks everywhere filled with cruisers and e-bikes. Locals use cruisers as their primary mode of transportation for everything from grocery shopping to bar hopping. Some cruiser bikes have gears, others don’t, so be sure to rent whichever type makes you more comfortable depending on where you’re going. If you plan to stay within a few blocks of town, you’ll be fine with either no gears or very few. If you’re going to explore out of town on some of the nearer paved paths, however, having a range of gears will be helpful in getting up and down some short, mild hills.
Speaking of hills... e-bikes have grown in popularity and are a huge hit for people looking to cruise around the Valley and see the sites with ease. They are permitted in town, on any paved service roads, as well as on the Rio Grande trail, stretching from Aspen all the way down the valley to Glenwood Springs. Roll up to the Maroon Bells or coast around town—the fun is endless (and easy) on an e-bike. Take a look at our Guide to E-Biking Around Aspen Snowmass to plan your adventure.
Get Started With Your Bike Rental
Need a bike? Drop by Four Mountain Sports and roll out ready for whatever adventure you’re gearing up for. Enjoy options for all your biking needs—cruisers, e-bikes, road bikes, kid's bikes, trailers, and an assortment of mountain bikes including trail, enduro and downhill bikes—plus accessories and apparel.