Late spring to early fall
Aspen is a 15-minute drive from Snowmass Village
Half-day to full-day
Beginner to advanced
Aspen delivers adrenaline-pumping freerides and cross-country trails
Everyone knows Aspen is one of the world’s premier winter destinations, but when the snow finally melts, it blooms with even more riches. Vast networks of exhilarating singletrack stretch for over 300 miles, inviting outdoor lovers to lose their skis in favor of mountain bikes. Aspen is recognized as a Gold-Level Ride Center for its smooth tracks and endless variety of bike trails. Whether it’s the iconic Aspen Mountain or the neighboring 14,000-foot Snowmass Mountain, you can bet there’s a trail for you!
Most Popular Itineraries
Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour
Put your skills to the test and join your mountain bike guide on one of many popular Aspen Snowmass trails that will leave you breathless in more ways than one. If you’re looking to take in the gorgeous scenery while experiencing the best mountain biking that Aspen has to offer, your guide will plan the perfect day. A full day is best suited to intermediate to advanced riders. Popular trails include Rim Trail, Tom Blake, Sky Mountain Park, and Government Trail.
Half-Day Mountain Biking Tour
There is no better introduction to Aspen singletrack than a guided half-day biking tour on Snowmass. From mellow trails to technical rides with grueling uphills, the mountains of Colorado have something for everyone. Your guide will tailor the tour according to your needs and abilities, with options for beginner to advanced riders. Trail options include Rim Trail, Tom Blake, Ditch Trail, Lincoln Creek, or Sky Mountain Park.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Aspen
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Aspen, please refer to the Pitkin County and Colorado State websites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
This is what you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local MTB guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Full-suspension mountain bike
- Helmet and handlebar bag
- Transportation to and from all major hotels
- Lunch for full-day trip; snacks and drinks for half-day trip
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike between four and eight hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities. Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner-level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trial. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What do I need to bring?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- A rain jacket or shell in case of bad weather (weather can change fast in Colorado!)
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
What can I expect from mountain biking with a guide?
One of the reasons why mountain biking is so popular is the rush of adrenaline it sends through your veins. Sure, danger is part of the appeal, but you’ll want to avoid any unnecessary risks by hiring a guide. They’ll make sure you enjoy the ride and feel safe while doing it. There is no road map or GPS technology out there that’s as good as having an experienced local guide to lead the way while mastering unfamiliar trails. There’s always more to see, and your guides know just where to go to find it!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Only small group adventures are run to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and doesn’t get lost in the crowd.
If you want to book a private lesson or a large group tour, please contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
The minimum age to book this mountain biking adventure is 13. Children under the age of 13 can join on a case-by-case basis provided that they have the basic biking skills required. If your party has anyone under the age of 13, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal cycling conditions, but as the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything, and they’ll know the correct course of action to take if inclement weather gets in the way of mountain biking.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a location nearby if it exists, or to reschedule your mountain biking tour to a more favorable day.
If mountain biking is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
Flexible: If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Aspen airport (ASE) is a 15-minute drive from Snowmass Village. You can hire a rental car, arrange a shuttle with your accommodation, or take one of the free city buses. Alternatively, Denver International Airport is a four-hour drive and rental cars are also available.
The exact location of your bike tour will be determined after discussions with your guide, but door-to-door transportation is provided from your lodging in Aspen to the trail. Aspen and Snowmass are only a few miles apart — about a 15 minute drive — so accessing the trail network between the two mountains is fast and easy no matter where you’re headed.