Hit the Trails - Best Day Hikes Around Aspen

During the warmer months, the snow melts, and Aspen residents ditch their ski poles for a new type of outdoor activity. During the summer, there’s still much to do in the Aspen area. One of the most popular activities to journey out on one of Aspen’s many hiking trails. Aspen’s number of stunning mountain hikes are perfect for exploring the town on foot. The following day hikes are a few favorites suitable for a variety of fitness levels.

Rio Grande Trail

Difficulty: Beginner
Fancy a long hike or run? The Rio Grande Trail stretches 42 miles long, going from Aspen all the way to Glenwood Springs. The trail is paved and well maintained throughout, making it perfect for hiking beginners. Animal lovers will be pleased that the trail is also friendly to dogs and horseback riding.

Government Trail

Difficulty: Beginner
This flat, generally simple to navigate dirt road is a gorgeous 10 mile walk between Aspen and Snowmass Village. Hikers will encounter woods, mountain views, blooming flowers, and if they’re lucky, local wildlife such as elk. This trail is also dog friendly.

Smuggler Mountain Road

Difficulty: Intermediate
Humans and dogs alike will be rewarded by reaching incredible views at the end of the uphill portion of this 6.3 mile walk on a dirt trail. An observation tower greets you at the highest peak, with stunning views of the beautiful mountain peaks that surround Aspen.

Aspen Mountain Summer Road

Difficulty: Intermediate
Head up Aspen Mountain on this dog friendly five mile dirt trail to reach incredible views at the end of the climb. Once you hit the top, there’s space for a well deserved picnic lunch as you take in gorgeous mountain views. The way down is much less strenuous if you take the gondola.

Rim Trail

Difficulty: Advanced
Snowmass Village’s popular trail is just under eight miles long and features astonishing views throughout the trail, keeping hikers and runners motivated as they navigate steep climbs throughout. The South and North sections of the trail span the entire length of the village.

Ute Trail

Difficulty: Advanced
Don’t be fooled by the trail’s relatively short three mile length. It’s not for the faint of heart. Starting at sea level, you’ll climb 3000 feet - with most of it happening steeply within the first mile of the trail - to ascend to Ute rock. You’re greeted at the top by amazing views of Aspen. If you have the fitness level to ascend, this is a can’t miss climb.


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