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. The mountain biking trails in the Roaring Fork Valley are an exceptional way to find the best views and Carbondale sits in the center of it all. Hand-cut and machine built mountain bike trails provide riders of all levels big climbs, great views and tons of fun on mountain bikes.
Hay Park on the shoulder of Mt. Sopris
A loose rock hiking trail creates a physically challenging initial climb, but once the upper singletrack is gained, the riding improves, and the views of Capital Peak, Mt Sopris, and the high alpine meadows are worth it! Click for ride details.
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.
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.
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.
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.