Opportunities for biking adventures abound around Carbondale. There are plenty of easy, paved trails for leisure bicycling and walking within this central region of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, which covers Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Many of these trails follow creeks and rivers, making for small elevation changes and gorgeous scenery! Plus there are many opportunities to stop along the way. There are also opportunities for those who want a challenging, technical ride on singletrack. Whether a casual rider or expert, Carbondale has it all.

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    Cattle Creek/Catherine Store Loop

    Great loops for road bikers right from town.

    Cattle Creek Road, Upper Cattle Creek, or the CMC Road from Highway 82 will take road bikers up above the Roaring Fork Valley for incredible views. You can create one large loop, or smaller loops, and use the Rio Grande Trail to connect back to your starting point or start from the trail.

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    Crystal Valley Trail

    The Crystal Valley Trail opened in 2010 and has been a roaring success for hikers, bikers, joggers, skaters, skiers, and even a few cattle being driven to pasture. Connecting to the town trails at the new fire station, over the Fish Hatchery Bridge, winding through cattle pasture along Highway 133, it currently ends seven miles from town at the BRB Campground Resort (a KOA campground). Fantastic views of hay fields, cattle in pasture, Thompson Creek Bridge crossing, Crystal River, and all in view of Mt. Sopris.

    Click here to view the map.

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    Porcupine Loop

    This fast and twisting single track winds along Prince Creek and the road.

    Directions: Head south on Highway 133 toward Redstone from Carbondale, but turn quickly on Prince Creek Road about one mile past the fire station. Take Prince Creek Road until it becomes dirt and you will see a parking area. Follow the road on your bike until you see cattle guards, then look for the trail on your right.

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    Prince Creek

    Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale is a great destination for a quick bike ride on pavement and dirt. This trail provides access to great mountain biking, trail running, hiking, views, hunting and more. Learn more »
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    Red Hill/Mushroom Rock

    Right at the intersection of Highway 82 and 133 is a local favorite for a quick lunch-break hike with the dog, or a challenging mountain-bike trail system. The Red Hill Recreation Area is a series of short trails that lead to the Mushroom Rock overlook—a great hike and a great view of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys. Learn more »
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    Rio Grande Trail

    Forty-four miles of gently-sloping, paved trail that runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.

    The Rio Grande trail is perfect for families, road bikers, joggers, dog walking, and inline skating. Parts of the trail are groomed x-country ski trails in the winter. Best of all, the Rio Grande is a great way to connect mountain-bike trails, and find your way back to town or your car. Learn more »

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    Sunlight Mountain

    Sunlight ski area offers great hiking in the summer to the summit. Also during the summer months the expansive cross-country ski trail system transforms into a prime destination for mountain bikers. More than 16 miles of marked trails wander through a woodland landscape that features aspen groves, wildflower meadows, ponds, stream crossings and sometimes grazing cattle. Don't be alarmed, just give them a holler and they'll kindly share the trail. Learn more »
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    The Crown Trails

    Single- and double-track through scrub oak and sage. Learn more »