Garfield and Pitkin county road bike rides: Rio Grande Trail, Glenwood Springs to Aspen | PostIndependent.com

Garfield and Pitkin county road bike rides: Rio Grande Trail, Glenwood Springs to Aspen

Getting there: The Rio Grande Trail climbs gently along the Roaring Fork River 42 miles and 2,100 vertical feet from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. There are many entry points along the way; visit rfta.com for more information.

Trail talk: The section east of Carbondale between Catherine Bridge and Rock Bottom Ranch is closed until May 1 to protect wildlife, but riders can detour on county roads and rejoin the trail a few miles farther along.

RIO GRANDE TRAIL

Distance: 42 miles

Difficulty: Easy

The dirt: Roaring Fork Transportation Authority operates a bike bus beginning mid-June through the end of August that can take riders toward or all the way to Aspen for a long downhill back to Glenwood. Visit rfta.com/bikesonbuses.html for availability, rates and schedules.