June 29, 2019 | Gary Feldman Group

An Insider's Guide to Hiking, Biking, Trails and Parks Around Aspen

“Summer camp for adults” ― that’s what Realtor® Gary Feldman of Gary Feldman Group at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty calls Aspen. While he has spent 35 years selling Aspen’s finest luxury properties, Gary has also explored most of Aspen’s hiking, biking, trails, as well as its parks. He is happy to share some of his best finds for all of the above.
 

Hiking Trails in and Around Aspen:

An easy trail is the Rio Grande Trail, with an elevation of 7,700–7,900 feet. Both a hiking and biking trail, it starts behind the Post Office on Puppy Smith Road. The first two miles of the trail are paved, and it becomes a dirt trail after crossing Cemetery Lane.
 
An easy to moderate trail is Smuggler Trail, which takes you to Smuggler Mountain Road, one of the most popular recreation areas in Aspen. Smuggler Road offers beautiful views of Aspen from the lookout point. Hikers can get to Hunter Creek Trail or continue to Warren Lakes.
 
If you’re looking for a difficult trail, the Red Butte Trail is perfect. Offering amazing views, the trail is accessed from Cemetery Lane.
 

Biking:

A great way to bike around Aspen is to visit one of Aspen's many bike shops and rent a cruiser to ride around town or explore a trail. If you’d like to up the ante for road biking or mountain biking, you can take lessons from a professional.
 
Wonderful areas to explore by bicycle are Maroon Bells and Castle Creek Valley. Smuggler Mountain Road is a great way to access loops such as the Hunter Creek Loop, Iowa Shaft, Tootsie Roll, and Lollipop. 
 
There are endless easy, paved trails for bicycling and walking in the central region of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, which includes Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle.
 

Parks:

Aspen is home to over 30 parks and playgrounds, all of which beckon with beautiful scenery. For example, John Denver Sanctuary ― located within Rio Grande Park ― is located in the heart of downtown Aspen next to the Roaring Fork River. It features one of the area’s largest perennial flower gardens, as well as an environmentally sound wetlands filter system, engraved landscape rocks, and Theater Aspen.
 
Koch Park, located just west of the downtown core, is home to some of Aspen’s few sand volleyball courts.
 
The beautiful Harmony Park is a new 2-acre park located adjacent to the Burlingame neighborhood. Its features include naturalistic water, native landscape zones, and stunning large landforms. 
 
 
There is so much to enjoy about Aspen in the summertime. This time of year is also an optimal season for buying or selling a home in the area. To get in touch with Gary Feldman about how to put your Aspen area home on the market or to look for your Aspen dream home, call 970.948.3737, email gary@garyfeldman.com or visit our website

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