Valley’s Trails Receive High Marks!

The number and diversity of mountain bike trails in the Roaring Fork Valley has exploded over the last decade — thanks to in large part to riders finally forming a sort of political peloton.

New trails from Aspen to Glenwood Springs are thanks in large part to advocacy, fund-raising and pick-and-shovel work by the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, formed in 2008.

Trails were constructed at the Smuggler Mountain-Hunter Creek Valley network, at Sky Mountain Park between Aspen and Snowmass Village, via the Basalt and Carbondale accesses to the Crown in the midvalley and on Red Mountain in Glenwood Springs.

“A big difference between now and 10 years ago is we’re working with the land managers and going through the process to get these trails approved,” said Mike Pritchard, the mountain bike association’s executive director.

Read the rest of the story by Scott Condon in the Aspen Times