Hiking in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope

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If Hiking is for you, then the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope is a great place to live.

Aspen and Snowmass trails  can be found here. If you want to narrow it down to the top 5 trails with views, get out   this article.

Aspen Trail Finder  is a great resource for hiking in the area.

The Aspen Times did their top ten  and its a mix of Aspen and Glenwood Springs trails.

ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies)  has their advice on hiking which is great.

Basalt  has some great hikes, and   Pitkin County Outside  also has a trailfinder.

Carbondale Trails  never disappoint and like   Glenwood Springs trails, they all deserve bucket list status.

The Canyon Creek area has the Storm King trail, and there are trails in South Canyon.

New Castle  is not short on trails, and one of my personal favorites is Colorow Trail.

The    LoVa trail system  promotes trails from Glenwood to Parachute and is a great place to check out proposed trails.

Silt Island Park is one of my personal favorites.

Rifle has the   Morrow Draw Trail, the   Rifle Arch trail, all the trails around   Rifle Gap, in   Rifle Falls state park, and   Rifle Mountain Park.

If you really want to wander,  you’ll want to get into the   White River National Forest   areas, BLM or the   Grand Mesa   National Park trail system.

Grand Junction  is home to numerous trail systems to get out and explore.

Local Hiking Opportunies

the Marble Hub

The Marble Hub is the place in Marble you go to get information, go to the bathroom before hitting the trail, or read books and play board games upstairs.  I love it, and I volunteered there. You can buy books about the area, pick up a postcard, get a coffee, candy and a cold drink. Many people ask directions, or they ask if their car is going to make it around the Lead King Loop.  I would never drive anything around the Lead King Loop except a 4-wheeler.  I have a Jeep which could definitely do it, but I wouldn’t want to risk it because there are sharp giant rocks, steep narrow passageways that get hairy if there are two vehicles passing.  So, if you have to ask, don’t do it.  Just rent an atv.  Athletic people can walk around it in a day. The Marble Hub is also where the reservations for the Meri Daes campground are, so call here for a reservation if they are open.  I usually use the online reservation system, though.  Then I check in and say “hi” to the camp host.  The Marble Hub is not exactly at the campground, though, it’s a ways away in a building that was the old bank back in the day when coal was king. The Marble Hub is on Main Street, but life pro tip, Park St is the street that feels like Main Street in Marble, main street doesn’t feel very main.

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