Parks/Trails

Maps

For over seventy years, the City of Aspen and Pitkin County have worked together to preserve the beauty of the land in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and manage open space for multiple purposes including, but not limited to, recreational, wildlife, agricultural, scenic and access purposes and to acquire, preserve, and manage trails for similar purposes.

 

 



Hunter Creek Trail

HUNTER CREEK TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
The very popular trail accessing US Forest Service land starts a short distance from downtown Aspen. The trail parallels Hunter Creek and has several bridges that cross scenic short hikes in the area. The grade is steep as the first mile of the trail ascends more than 700 feet in elevation. There is also a public parking area and trailhead farther up Red Mountain off Hunter Creek Drive.


 

Smuggler Mountain Road

SMUGGLER MOUNTAIN ROAD (Bike, Hike)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Technically, the trail up Smuggler Mountain isn’t a trail; it’s a fully accessible dirt road that switchbacks through slopes of aspen groves and shrubby high altitude brush to the top of the mountain. For over a century, Smuggler Mountain Road has been heavily used. The road is an old mining road connecting the Smuggler Mine with a lesser-known silver mine on the top of the mountain, referred to by prospectors as the Iowa mine. The Iowa mine is about 2 miles away from the base and the turnoff is marked a closed gate near the observation deck. Brilliant, cloudless days and warmer temperatures will liter the road with white-knuckled mountain bikers, spandex-sporting housewives power-walking in designer fitness attire, dog walkers with iPods stuffed into their ears, and lackadaisical sight seers strolling at no particular pace, fully prepared to sop up sunshine from the summit.

Smuggler Viewing Deck

 


 

Benedict Trail

Benedict Trail
1.2 miles, 1.9 km
This section of trail serves as a connection from the East end of Aspen to the North Star Nature Preserve. It is narrow, winding and mostly in the trees. A small portion of the trail is subject to avalanche danger.  Difficulty: Intermediate. Skating not recommended.  Length: 1.5 miles from Ute Avenue to North Star Nature Preserve.  Access: Follow Ute Avenue to the Ute Trail parking lot, then up a public access 100 yards to where the trail crosses. Free bus service available.


 

North Star Loop

North Star Nature Preserve Loop
2.1 miles, 3.3 km
The Preserve is 175 acres of land east of Aspen that has been preserved to allow its natural ecology to continue with a minimum of human impact. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are one of the few uses permitted on its flat, open meadows close to the Roaring Fork River. Please stay on marked trails and respect the wildlife. Note: grooming on this trail is scheduled on an as-needed basis only so as to minimize impact.  Difficulty: Beginner.  Length: A little over 1.5 miles. Access: Go 1.5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 and look for the small parking area on the right.


 

Rio Grande Trail

Rio Grande Trail
18 miles, 29.0 km

A popular walking, skiing and snowshoeing trail, the Rio Grande follows the old Denver and Rio Grande Railroad bed along the Roaring Fork River. The mostly flat trail gently meanders through the quiet woods and open sage areas. Note: the snow can deteriorate quickly on this trail.  The Rio Grand is a Dog Friendly trail.  Dog owners are required to keep their companion on a leash and to pick up after their pet  Difficulty: Beginner.  Length: Up to 18 miles one way, from Aspen to Basalt:  Access: The eastern end starts behind the Aspen Post Office. Call for more information as to other access points. Free bus service available.


 

Aspen Golf Course Trail

Aspen Golf Course & Cross Country Center
7.1 miles, 11.4 km
(970) 544-9246

The Aspen Cross-Country Center is located at the Aspen Golf Course, 1 mile west of Aspen off Highway 82. The Center offers ski lessons, tours, retail shop, rentals, a lounge, lockers, snacks, and videos. The Aspen Golf Course and the Snowmass X-C center are the first areas to be groomed after heavy snow. Difficulty: Beginner. Length: 2.5 miles. Access: Free bus service available. Moore, Marolt and High School trails are all easily accessible from the golf course trails.

Virtual Tour Link


 

Marolt Trail

Marolt Property Trails
1.1 miles, 1.8 km
These tracks are used primarily as an access route between the west end of Aspen and the Aspen Golf Course and the High School tracks. Dogs are allowed. Difficulty: Beginner. Length: 1.5 miles. Access: From Aspen, by foot, take Hopkins west to 7th Street and go left, then turn right at the Marolt Pedestrian Bridge.

 


 

High School Trail

High School Loop
3.9 miles, 6.3 km

The High School tracks offer excellent skiing on varied terrain, and in warmer weather have better snow conditions because of the higher elevation and exposure. A shorter 1.8 mi. loop omits the worst hills, and a longer 3.1 mi. loop negotiates hillier terrain. Please note that new construction has altered the trail layout. Be alert and aware of possible course changes.  Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced.  Length: 3.1 miles.


 

Moore Trail

James E. Moore Trail
2.1 miles, 3.4 km
The James E. Moore Trail has a short loop and a connecting trail to the the High School, Iselin and Owl Creek trails. The loop is entertaining because of its fun, winding hills. Both the flat connecting trail and loop wind through open sage areas that are home to deer, fox and other wildlife. Difficulty: Beginner and intermediate. Length: 2 miles. Access: The safest access is via the roundabout pedestrian underpass. Or, from the parking lot at the Aspen Golf Course, cross under Highway 82 on foot and go 200 feet to the left (east). Free bus service available.


 

Maroon Creek Club Trail

Maroon Creek Club Trails
Maroon Creek Golf Course - 2.4 miles, 3.9 km
Maroon Creek Trail - 1.5 miles, 2.4 km

These tracks are accessed from the Tiehack Nordic Bridge or from the Buttermilk base area. Adventurous skiers can also reach these trails from the Aspen Golf Course by way of the Maroon Creek Trail. This scenic section of track can sometimes be short of snow and has steep turns and terrain and is for advanced skiers only.  Difficulty: Intermediate. The connection with the Aspen Golf Course has steep turns and terrain and is for advanced skiers only.  Length: 2 miles on and around the golf course. Access: Pick up the tracks beyond the Panda Peak lift at the Buttermilk Base area. Free bus service available.


 

Government Trail


 

Terminator

Terminator
1.6 miles, 2.5 km
The Terminator, which loops around the Two Creeks development, is an exciting trail for advanced cross-country skiers. This loop can also be used to access the Owl Creek Trail.
Difficulty: Advanced. Length: 3 miles for the loop. Access: Follow the same direction as the Owl Creek Trail but continue straight uphill after crossing Owl Creek Rd. Be aware and yield to downhill skiers.


 

Snowmass Golf Course

Snowmass Cross-Country Center
6.1 miles, 9.9 km
(970) 923-5700

The redesigned Snowmass Cross-Country Center trail system is the western hub of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System. The Cross-Country Center, located on the golf course, has a retail shop, snack bar, restaurant, lessons, rentals and tours. Difficulty: Beginner thru Advanced. Length: 5 miles. Access: By car from Aspen or Snowmass, take Brush Creek Road and turn left onto Highline Road. The first turn-off on the right from Highline Road leads to the Cross-Country Center. By bus, take the free skier shuttle to Snowmass Village, then walk down one level to Village Shuttle #3 for the Snowmass Club (leaves every 15 minutes; call 923-2543 for Snowmass transportation info.). On skis from the Snowmass Village Mall, head to the bottom of Lift #6 and pick up the Village Way cross-country trail.


 

Village Way

Village Way
0.9 miles, 1.4 km

Village Way
is an access route between Snowmass Village and the Snowmass Golf Course tracks. The trail is fairly steep, making the route somewhat challenging in either direction. Dogs are allowed.
Access: From Snowmass Village, this is best reached from the bottom of the Assay Hill Lift. From the golf course, follow the same direction as the Owl Creek Trail but turn right after Owl Creek Rd.


 

Owl Creek Trail

Owl Creek Trail
6.5 miles, 10.5 km

This popular and scenic trail connects Aspen and Snowmass Village, hugging the south side of the Roaring Fork and Owl Creek valleys. Most skiers use this trail as a casual tour with a lunch break and light touring gear. The easiest and most popular stretch of trail runs from the West Buttermilk Road to the Snowmass Cross-Country Center. Another popular option from West Buttermilk Rd. is to ski to Sinclair Divide and back. The new Tiehack Nordic Bridge will allow skiers easy access to the Owl Creek Trail from the Aspen Cross-Country Center. Follow the green disks to stay on course when crossing the Buttermilk Ski Area. Be aware and yield to downhill skiers.  Difficulty: Intermediate; most of the trail is good for beginners, but the occasional hills add some difficulty. East of Tiehack, the trail is for advanced skiers only.  Length: 9 miles from the Aspen Golf Course to the Snowmass Cross-Country Center. Access: Snowmass Village: Village Way Trail or Snowmass Cross-Country Center. Follow signs. West Buttermilk Road: Drive through the Main Buttermilk parking lot from Highway 82 to West Buttermilk Road at the far right corner of the lot. The Owl Creek Trail crosses 1.4 miles up the road, by a small parking area on the right.  Tiehack: Experienced skiers can ski from the base of Tiehack up along the right side of the alpine trail to the Oregon Trail towards and across Main Buttermilk. Follow the green disks.  Aspen Golf Course: Access Tiehack via the James E. Moore Trail and the new Tiehack Nordic Bridge.


 

East Aspen Trail

EAST OF ASPEN TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 3.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy
One of Aspen's most gradual and scenic trails. This trail parallels the Roaring Fork River Southeast of Aspen for over 3 miles. There is an interpretive wildlife-viewing stand along this trail at the North Star Nature Preserve.


 

Verena Mallory Trail


 

Lani White Trail

LANI WHITE TRAIL (Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 0.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail provides an alternative route to The Hunter Creek Trail from the Centennial and Smuggler area. This is a short pleasant trail along the Salvation Ditch that will lead you to Hunter Creek Trail just above the third bridge allowing for a nice loop walk back down the Hunter Creek Trail.


 

Meadows

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.57 miles
 

Sunny Side Trail

SUNNY SIDE TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 7.1 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
The Sunny Side Trail is an excellent fall, winter, and spring trail due to is south facing aspect. It climbs steeply from the Roaring Fork River up the side of Red Mountain near Starwood. Eventually this trail will connect you to Hunter Creek, Lenado, and Van Horn Park.


 

Rio Grande Trail

RIO GRANDE TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Rollerblade, Picnic)
Surface: Paved/Unpaved
Length: 19 miles
Difficulty: Easy
This trail, which goes from Aspen to Emma, is named for the railroad that used to occupy its location, and it therefore has a constant grade of no more than 3%.

Rio Grande Trail


 

Bergman Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.26 miles
 

Ute Mesa Trail

Surface: Dirt
Length: 0.08 miles
 

Ute Trail

UTE TRAIL (Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 0.9 miles
Difficulty: Hard
Hiking only. This single-track switchbacks up the mountain to the overlook, 700 vertical feet up, and then continues to the summit of Ajax mountain, another 2,300 vertical feet of gain. Good footwear is strongly recommended.

View from Ute Trail


 

Aspen Mountain Trail

ASPEN MOUNTAIN- Summer Road
(Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 4.9 miles
Difficulty: Hard
This dirt road winds up the face of Aspen Mountain and provides nice views of Aspen and the surrounding valleys. Respect all users.


 

Ajax Trail

AJAX TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

A simple hike that crosses the front side of Aspen Mountain, but is more challenging for mountain biking. This single track provides scenic views of Aspen.


 

Little Cloud Trail

Surface: Dirt
Length: 0.63 miles
 

W. Hopkins Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.2 miles
 

Hospital Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.33 miles
 

Red Butte Trail

RED BUTTE TRAIL (Hike)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
This single-track trail winds up the geographical uplift known as Red Butte and provides stunning views of the valley.


 

Cemetary Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 1.1 miles
 

ABC Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
This concrete trail extends from Aspen to the Aspen Business Center and can be used as part of a loop using the Rio Grande and Stein Bridge Trails.


 

High School Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.47 miles
 

Highlands Trail


 

Government Trail

GOVERNMENT TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
This single-track trail winds across two ski areas, through aspen and fir forests, and is one of the more challenging trails in the upper valley.


 

Maroon Creek Trail

Surface: Dirt
Length: 1.4 miles
 

Annie B. Mitchell Trail

Surface: Paved
Length: 0.18 miles


 

Old Stage Trail

OLD STAGE TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Rollerblade)
Surface:  Paved
Length:  0.8 miles
Difficulty:  Easy
This trail connects the new Burlingame Housing complex to the existing ABC Trail (Aspen Business Center trail).


 

Owl Creek Trail

OWL CREEK TRAIL (Bike, Hike, Rollerblade, Picnic)
Surface: Unpaved
Length: 4.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
This trail connects Aspen to Snowmass Village starting from Buttermilk Ski Area and crossing the Owl Creek drainage to connect to the Snowmass trail system at the Owl Creek/Brush Creek divide. The trail is moderately difficult because substantial elevation is gained to cross the divide to Brush Creek. It is a scenic trail that passes through beautiful aspen groves and meadows.


 



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