Aspen to Snowmass Road Running

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Thanks to Aspen's extensive paved bike path system, it's possible to run from Aspen to Snowmass without the interference or distraction of passing cars. Starting from the bike route on Hopkins Avenue in downtown Aspen, runners can easily navigate their way to Snowmass and enjoy views of the gorgeous Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Golf Course, Maroon and Castle Creeks, the Aspen Airport and the spectacular meadows along Owl Creek Road.

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Leah Fielding

Distance

8.9 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.4 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours

2-4 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

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Aspen to Snowmass Road Running

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Intro

Thanks to Aspen's extensive paved bike path system, it's possible to run from Aspen to Snowmass without the interference or distraction of passing cars. Starting from the bike route on Hopkins Avenue in downtown Aspen, runners can easily navigate their way to Snowmass and enjoy views of the gorgeous Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Golf Course, Maroon and Castle Creeks, the Aspen Airport and the spectacular meadows along Owl Creek Road. 

What Makes It Great

The run from Aspen to Snowmass provides a good lay of the land for those looking to understand where everything is.

A one-way run to Snowmass is 8.9 miles. Once you're in Snowmass it's possible to hop on the free bus back to Aspen (you'll need to transfer at Intercept Lot), which makes it great for those looking to modify their runs.

Who is Going to Love It

Experienced high-alpine runners have the opportunity to run 18 miles and those looking for a more mellow run can go as far or short as they prefer.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Hopkins Avenue, runners will simply follow the biker road signs to stay on the bike Path. There's only two important turns that runners need to be aware of. After the pedestrian/biker bridge over Castle Creek, runners will want to turn right and run under the Castle Creek vehicle bridge. After passing Buttermilk ski resort on the left, runners will need to make a left and take the pedestrian underpass. You will run under Highway 82 and end up at the east end of the airport runway. 

Location

Downtown Aspen

Aspen, CO, 81611
39.191098, -106.81753

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