Rio Grande Trail
ElevationAscent: 338' 103 m
Descent: -2,509' -765 m
High: 7,892' 2,406 m
Low: 5,720' 1,744 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“World class paved path connecting Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.”— Mike Pritchard
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority manages the greatest portion of the Rio Grande Trail, while Pitkin Open Space and Trails manages the up valley portion. The Rio Grande has 42 miles of continuous multi-use trail and is completely protected from vehicular traffic except at intersections. The Rio Grande Trail is a rails to trails project which is built on the Aspen Branch of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Train operations in the corridor ceased in phases, between the 1960s and the mid 1990s. Learn more about the trail here.
Cyclists must use an audible signal when overtaking other trail users .
Pet wastes must be disposed of properly.
Respect private property - stay on the trail at all times.
All dogs must be on leash
Bicyclists and pedestrians yield to equestrian.
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Land Manager: Aspen / Pitkin County Open Space & Trails