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Pitkin County road rides: Castle Creek Road, Aspen

Getting there: From the Aspen roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. This will take you directly to Ashcroft.

Trail talk: This ride ends at Ashcroft ghost town, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is $3, and dogs are not allowed.

CASTLE CREEK

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: You'll climb about 1,800 feet over the course of this ride, which runs alongside the road's namesake creek. If you'd like to continue past Ashcroft, you'll find even more stunning views as you approach Taylor Pass. This ride is especially beautiful during the fall, as the leaves begin to turn color.

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