Rio Grande Trail

RioGrandeTrailThe Roaring Fork Transportation Authority manages the greatest portion of the Rio Grande Trail which runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, Colorado. The Rio Grande has 42 miles of continuous multi-use trail and is completely protected from vehicular traffic except at intersections. The Rio Grande Trail is a rails to trails project which is built in the Aspen Branch of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Train operations in the corridor ceased in phases, between the 1960s and the mid 1990s. In 1997 the right of way corridor was purchased with a combination of funding by local governments, Great Outdoors Colorado, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, and the Colorado Department of Transportation. This presented an opportunity to explore both transportation and recreation solutions to Highway 82 congestion and trail connectivity challenges in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2001, RFTA was formed and thus a dedicated funding source for transit and trails was created. RFTA now manages and maintains the trail corridor, in conjunction with Pitkin County Open Space and the City of Aspen, in their respective jurisdictions.

Rio Grande Trail mountain lion activity ceased 

The detour on the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Store Bridge has been released and the closed section will be opened as of 8:00am on July 20th, 2016. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been monitoring the area since late June and have not seen any mountain lion activity since July 13th. For more information, contact RFTA’s Rio Grande Trail Manager Brett Meredith at (970) 384-4975 or Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (970) 947-2920. This section of the Rio Grande Trail is managed by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. We appreciate your patience and respect for wildlife on The Rio Grande Trail.

Trail Etiquette

  • Cyclists must use an audible signal when overtaking other trail users
  • Carry In Carry Out: please pack out all your trash
  • No motorized vehicles or equipment of any kind permitted on the trail, regardless of power source
  • Pet wastes must be disposed of properly
  • Respect private property – stay on the trail at all times
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians yield to equestrians
  • Camping, fires and hunting are prohibited
  • The making of excessive or obnoxious noises in prohibited
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Miles of Continuous Use Trail

ADDITIONAL TRAIL INFORMATION

Trail Closures

The Rio Grande Trail, between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge, closes seasonally from 5pm on November 30th until 5pm April 30th. A signed detour route will be in place between Hooks Lane Trailhead parking lot and the Catherine Bridge Trailhead parking lot during the period of the closure. The closure applies to all users of the trail and corridor, including anglers and hunters.

Trail Rules & Regulations

RFTA has restrictions to all trails built and maintained on the 34 mile rail corridor running between Glenwood Springs and Woody Creek.

Special Events Application

Download our Special Events Application for proposed events on the Rio Grande Trail. For more information call 970-384-4975.

Trail Rules for Other Power Driven Mobility Devices

RFTA has a document listing the Rio Grande Corridor Rules on the
Use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD).