Hiking & Biking Best Practices

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Whether you are taking a quick 45-minute hike up Smuggler or spending the day on the trails in the Castle Creek Valley, there are a few things every hiker and biker in Aspen should know, do and prepare for. 

  • If there has been heavy rain, and the trail is wet, please let it completely dry before heading out. Muddy footprints or deep tire tracks damage trails, most of which are maintained by hand. 
  • Keep the cell phone in your backpack, and refrain from taking calls on a trail or playing music on the speaker without a headset. 
  • If you are on your bike, please use an audible signal when passing others. And announce which side you will pass on. 
  • Who gets the right of way? Uphill hikers/bikers have the right of way of other hikers/bikers. Hikers have the right of way over bikers, and equestrians have right of way past both hikers and cyclists.
  • Walk your bikes and e-bikes in the brick pedestrian malls. 
  • Stay to the right side of the road unless you are turning left or passing someone. 
  • Always bring a light when you're riding at night. A white light up front and reflector behind is best. 
  • Let everyone know you are turning or stopping by signaling with your left or right arm which way you are turning. When you're stopping, signal with your left arm downward. 
  • Drivers, please give bicyclists plenty of space when passing. Up to three feet is the law. 
  • When riding on a multi-use path ride on the right side and give audible warnings when passing. 
  • You can ride side-by-side as long as you're not impending traffic. 
  • Always wear a helmet. 
  • Stop at stop-signs and obey traffic lights. 
  • E-bikes are prohibited on single-track trails, such as the Rio Grande. Riders must also comply with a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit. 
  • For more Colorado bike laws click here
  • Know where you’re going. There are millions of acres surrounding Aspen and it’s easy to take a wrong turn towards the middle of nowhere. 
  • Always bring a map (a physical map is best – phone batteries die!).
  • Buy an annual Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card (CORSAR) card at several locations in Aspen, including the Ute Mountaineer, Carl’s Pharmacy or online. The purchase helps county sheriffs and SAR teams cover expenses, in case you are in need of emergency medical services or evacuation.
  • Leave a note in your car with details on your destination and the date of your return.
  • Take the ColoReady Test from the Colorado Tourism Office. 
  • Water is the key ingredient to acclimating and keeping you powered for the adventure ahead. 
  • Fill your water bottles to the brim even for short trips, and if you’ll be on the trail for a while, bring iodine pills or a water filter to replenish your supply. 
  • Along with water, bring enough food for the duration of your hike, and then some. If you find you’ve made a wrong turn, you’ll be hydrated and fed.
  • Dress for the worst-case scenario. Starting out for a hike on a bluebird Colorado day can quickly shift to rain, lightening and yes, even snow at higher elevations. 
  • Stick extra layers and socks in your daypack and be ready to shelter overnight if needed.
  • Pack a day pack with sunscreen, bandages, cell phone and, for longer distances, and a satellite phone that can alert Mountain Rescue Aspen to any trouble. 
  • If you’re biking don’t forget to bring a multi-tool, spare tires and a small pump, if needed. Not even in Aspen will someone come out on the trail and change a flat tire for you. 

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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