Experience The Majesty Of The Rocky Mountains
Basalt is centrally located in the Roaring Fork Valley offering great opportunities for road biking throughout the valley.
Many of the roads that stem from Highway 82 follow beautiful rivers through small valleys offering amazing wilderness rides. The Frying Pan Road and the Snowmass Capital Creek Road are two perfect examples. Local drivers are very accepting of road bikers and follow the share the road rules.
Road Biking in Basalt
Frying Pan Road
Description- Biking up the Frying pan Road is a great 15 mile uphill ride that follows the river all the way up to Ruedi Reservoir. Continuing past the reservoir for a longer ride will allow for a more secluded and remote ride. The weekends tend to have a lot of traffic going to Ruedi, so ride early or be prepared to ride with cars.
Directions- From downtown Basalt, head East on Midland Avenue until it turns into Frying Pan Road.
Rio Grand Trail
Description- The Rio Grande Trail runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, Colorado. 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 in the Aspen Branch of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Bikers can ride up-valley to Aspen or down-valley towards Glenwood and then take a RFTA bus back. There are plenty of rest stops and picnic tables along the path.
Directions- From downtown Basalt, go south/west on Midland Avenue. Take a left onto Emma Road and then the first exit at the roundabout. Head straight through the stoplight intersection and then a right on to Fiou Lane. Then a left onto Southside Drive towards the Basalt High School. You will cross the trail as you enter the parking lot. If you are facing the school, left goes to Aspen, right goes to Glenwood Springs.
Description- These beautiful rides in the Old Snowmass area are just a few minutes from Basalt. Both rides are gentle uphill on fairly remote roads. They start from the park and ride parking lot by the Old Snowmass Conoco gas station. Start riding up Capital Creek for almost two miles to a T junction where going right takes you to the Monastery and left takes you to the Deaf* Camp. Riding to the Monastery is a six and a half mile climb with 850 ft elevation gain. Riding to the Deaf* Camp is a shorter four and a half mile ride with 725 ft elevation gain.
Directions- From Basalt either drive upvalley four miles and take a right at the Conoco gas station and park at the RFTA bus station or ride your bike up-valley on the Rio Grand Trail for four and a half miles.
Glenwood Canyon Bike Path
Description- The Glenwood Canyon Bike and Pedestrian Path follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all pursuits. The trail is closed in winter and sometimes into the spring when the water level in the Colorado River is high. There are plenty of resting areas, as well as picnic sites, restrooms and fishing access points. Along this scenic trail through the river canyon you may spot wildlife, including a band of bighorn sheep introduced into the area in the early ’90s. You will also see plenty of people floating this stretch of river, which also shares the corridor with Interstate 70.
Directions- Start the trail in Glenwood Springs just east of the Yampah Hot Springs and Vapor Springs.