Shake-Out Run

As far as shake-out runs go, there’s probably no better place in Aspen than the Rio Grande Trail. By far the flattest terrain you can find in Aspen, the Rio Grande also provides a soft running path along most parts of the Bike Path if you’re looking for a soft surface to recover on. This is a very scenic route that takes you up and down the Rio Grande River. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some deer.

Rio Grande Trail Aspen, video credit: Rugged Mile

Route Details:

  • Length: 30 mins at comfortable pace
  • Intention: Active Recovery
  • Meeting Point: Rio Grande Trailhead (Aspen/Clarks Market entrance)
  • Trail Type: Soft Running Path or Bike Path (Rio Grande Trail) 
  • Neighborhoods: Downtown Aspen


  • Starting at the Rio Grande Trailhead (in Aspen), run for 15 minutes along the Rio Grande Trail at an easy pace.
  • After 15 minutes, turn around and head back to the trailhead for a total of 30 minutes.

Shake Out Run, defined:

A Shake Out Run is a relatively short run performed at an easy pace. Our Shake Out Runs are generally around 30 minutes and take you on relatively flat terrain. Shake Out runs are meant to be done as slowly as necessary to feel relatively comfortable and be able to carry on a conversation easily. They are great for recovering after a hard workout or as a pre-race ritual. Learn more about running lingo here.

After Running The Rio Grande Trail Aspen

Head into town and get a fresh juice or smoothie to go along with a sandwich from JUS Aspen. Loved by locals and visitors alike, JUS is one of the few restaurants in town that offers quick and affordable lunch (Spring Cafe Aspen is also good).

Post Rio Grande Trail Run meal at JUS Aspen, photo credit: The Aspen Times