Properties & Trails
TRAIL REGULATIONS: A number of paved and unpaved trails maintained by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are subject to seasonal closures and other restrictions. Dogs must be leashed unless a trail is specifically exempted. There are areas throughout the county that pet owners may find suitable for walking a dog off leash. See e-bike regulations below.
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DRONE USE: Drone use is prohibited on all Pitkin County Open Space and Trails properties and trails.
COMMERCIAL USE: All commercial use on Pitkin County open spaces and trails (including photography/video) requires a permit from Open Space and Trails. NO COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED AT NORTH STAR NATURE PRESERVE. Find out more.
NORDIC SKI REPORT: Check the online grooming report and find information about the trail system, or call the Nordic Hotline for a grooming report at 970-429-2039 (ext. 4). NO WALKING: Walking in shoes/boots is not permitted on any groomed Nordic trail with the exception of the Rio Grande Trail and the dog loops at the golf courses in Aspen and Snowmass Village.
NORTH STAR: Winter use limited to the groomed Nordic loop. There is no access to river or anywhere else on the land. Skis and snowshoes only on Nordic loop; walking and dogs are are not permitted. When river is open to use, please do not float during low flows (you should not touch the bottom when floating). No dogs are permitted. Find all regulations here: FLOATING NORTH STAR - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WILDLIFE INFO: INTERACTING WITH WILDLIFE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
TRAIL ALERTS: Sign up here for email or text alerts about trail openings and closures, and events that may affect your decision about where to hike or ride.
PITKIN TRAILFINDER / ECOFINDER: Pitkin Outside features a mapping website (TrailFinder) and EcoFinder, a compilation of ecological studies and data, plus a monthly blog. TrailFinder maps all trails in Pitkin County. Click on a particular trail for mileage and elevation information, plus regulations. Toggle between winter and summer in the upper right of the website (summer displays more trails, winter displays nordic trails).
OPEN SPACE REGULATIONS: Pitkin County Open Space and Trails properties are governed by Title 12 of the Pitkin County Code, which establishes general rules that apply to all of the open spaces and trails within the program. (Descargar Reglamento de Parques en Español.) In addition to Title 12, use of some open space properties is governed by an adopted management plan that is specific to a particular property.
SENIOR CITIZEN PASSES - HUNTER CREEK: The parking pass for senior citizens who wish to use the Hunter Creek parking lot is available from Pitkin County Senior Services, 0275 Castle Creek Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seniors must be at least 65 years old and present a driver’s license to obtain a pass.
E-BIKE REGULATIONS: Pitkin County allows Class 1, pedal-assist e-bikes on paved trails plus the gravel East of Aspen Trail and the gravel section of the Rio Grande Trail. E-bike use, and other motorized uses, are NOT permitted on any singletrack trail on Pitkin County’s open spaces. A Class 1 bike must be pedaled in order to operate and has a maximum speed of 20 mph. E-bike use is permitted on roads where motorized travel is allowed.
The following properties are governed by adopted management plans. A summary provides key regulations associated with each property. See the links below for more information about these properties.
- Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan
- Deer Creek Open Space
- Emma Open Space
- Filoha Meadows
- Glassier Open Space
- Gold Butte
- Grace - Shehi Meadows
- Jaffee Park
- Lazy Glen Open Space
- Moore Open Space
- North Star Nature Preserve
- Penny Hot Springs
- Prince Creek Open Space
- Rio Grande Trail
- Red Wind Point
- Redstone Parks & Open Space
- Roaring Fork Gorge
- Sky Mountain Park
- Smuggler Mountain Open Space
- Thompson Creek Open Space
- Wheatley Open Space
- Aspen-Snowmass Nordic System (grooming reports and trail maps)
- Rio Grande Trail Map (a map of the trail between Aspen and Glenwood Springs)
- Pitkin County Nordic Trails Plan (a plan detailing the existing system and opportunities for expansion)
- Policy: Protection of Natural Biodiversity and Management of Human Use (a policy to guide the acquisition and management of Open Space and Trails properties)
- Pitkin County Open Space Property Inventory (a listing of fee-owned properties and conservation easements)
- Agricultural Policy and Process (Criteria and process for leasing Pitkin County agricultural land)
- Aspen Fat Bike Trails (a map of winter trails open to fat bikes) @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>