Sky Mountain Park Mountain Biking

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Summary

The newest addition to the Aspen Snowmass single-track menu, Sky Mountain Park, is worthy of all the ongoing acclaim it has received. Purpose-built by local mountain bikers, the trails offer 5.3 continuous two-way riding, three access points and gorgeous views of Snowmass, Independence Pass and Aspen's airport.

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Leah Fielding

Distance

5.3 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

8.4 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-2 hours or as much as you want.

Seasonality

Summer and Fall

Closed Dec. 1 - May 15

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

The newest addition to the Aspen Snowmass single-track menu, Sky Mountain Park, is worthy of all the ongoing acclaim it has received. Purpose-built by local mountain bikers, the trails offer 5.3 miles of continuous two-way riding, three access points and gorgeous views of Snowmass, Independence Pass and Aspen's airport. 

What Makes It Great

Sky Mountain Park is the result of two decades worth of open space acquisition that will forever provide recreation and wildlife habitat protection. It provides a 360-degree view of the Aspen Snowmass end of the Roaring Fork Valley. To the east, bikers can enjoy views of the snow-capped Independence Pass, to the southwest, views of Snowmass and the 13,300-foot Mt. Daly and below, the chance to watch incoming commercial and private jets to Aspen’s airport.

Situated on 2,500 acres of open space land, Sky Mountain Park officially debuted in 2011 with two new mountain biking trails in between Owl Creek and Brush Creek Roads. In summer 2014, three more trails were added, giving bikers and hikers even more options, including two downhill flow trails: Deadline and Airline, which feature tight burns and small jumps.

Sky Mountain Park offers open, lower-elevation riding making it great for early and late-season enjoyment, but it’s not an area you want to be mid-day in July or August. There’s next to shade as the vegetation is almost entirely scrub oak and sage bramble.

There’s nothing too scary in Sky Mountain Park, which makes is a great area for beginners and intermediates to hone their skills. Plus, the many features, like banked switchbacks, burms and small jumps provide the perfect opportunity for learning. The flowy nature of the trails, especially the newest additions—Airline and Deadline—makes it enjoyable for more advanced riders looking to feel the wind in their hair. 

Who is Going to Love It

Cross-country mountain bikers and downhill enthusiasts of all ability levels will find sections that are bound to make them smile. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are three main access points to get onto this circuit. To access the Owl Creek Trailhead and Airline trail, bikers can ride from downtown Aspen along a commuter bike path and cross under a foot tunnel just after Buttermilk. It’s also possible to bike along the shoulder of Highway 82 to the Intercept Lot and then follow the bike path from the parking lot the Cozy Point trailhead. If you’re coming from Snomwass Village, it’s easy to access Sky Mountain Park from the Skyline trail situated adjacent to the roundabout. 

Location

Sky Mountain Park Mountain Biking

Aspen, CO, 81611
39.222187, -106.87201

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