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Pitkin County Open Space & Trails Permit Application
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Fee, Insurance and Reporting Requirements
PERMIT FEES: There is a $150 fee to process commercial permits. Unmodified permits may be renewed annually for $50. The fee for use of Redstone Park or Elk Park is $50. In addition, user fees are collected for guided fishing, guided rafting and North Star Nature Preserve uses. Permit fees are waived for events organized by nonprofits or for the sole benefit of a nonprofit, but an event permit is still required. INSURANCE REQUIREMENT: Applicant must provide a certificate of liability insurance naming Pitkin County as additional insured. The required limits are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate. This requirement is waived for some events at Redstone Park and Elk Park. REPORTING REQUIREMENT: All commercial and event permits require applicant to report actual user numbers to Open Space and Trails at conclusion of event or season of use.
What Happens When You Submit an Application
Permit applicants will receive a confirmation when application is submitted. Follow-up response from Pitkin County Open Space and Trails may include a request for more information, suggested modification to proposed use, issuance of the requested permit or permit denial for reasons that will be explained. Permits issued by Open Space and Trails typically include restrictions that are specific to individual properties or trails and requirements that are specific to proposed uses. Permits must be signed and returned to Open Space and Trails via mail or email. The required certificate of liability insurance may be emailed. Permit fees may be mailed or dropped off in person at: Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, 530 E Main St., Aspen CO 81611. We do not accept payment via credit card.
To Reach Open Space and Trails
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-920 5232.
Type of Permit
Special Event (For one-time commercial or nonprofit event or limited series of related events on open space/trails)
Commercial (For guiding, instructing, shuttling clients; outfitting; film/photo shoots)
Date(s) and Time(s)
Date(s) and Time(s) Start Date
Date(s) and Time(s) Start Time
Date(s) and Time(s) End Date
Date(s) and Time(s) End Time
I would like a permit for:
(Choose all that apply)
Hiking / Walking / Running
Whitewater Rafting / Jaffee Park
North Star Boating / Shuttling
Film / Photo Shoot (drone use prohibited)
Location of Activity:
Note: Choose all that apply. Unlisted trails are either closed to commercial use/special events or not within Open Space and Trails' jurisdiction. Consult the online map at www.pitkinoutside.com for guidance on trail locations and jurisdictions. Not all uses are allowed at all locales.
Rio Grande Trail
Basalt-Old Snowmass Trail
Brush Creek Trail (closed Dec. 1-March 31)
Owl Creek Trail
East of Aspen Trail
Smuggler Mountain Road / Smuggler Open Space
Sky Mountain Park (closed Dec. 1-May 15; commercial use limited to groups of 6 including guide; two uses per day max; ; special events considered on case-by-case basis)
Seven Star Trail (closed Dec. 1-May 15; no commercial use; special events considered on case-by-case basis)
Lower Hunter Creek Trail (unsuitable for biking)
Moore Open Space Trail (no commercial use)
North Star Nature Preserve (commercial use limited to paragliding, river use / shuttling; commercial boating groups limited to 6 including guide(s); no special events)
Jaffee Park (River Outfitter License required for commercial use of Jaffee boat launch)
Jaffee River Trail
Lazy Glen Open Space (Events limited to 15 people; considered on case-by-case basis)
Grace-Shehi Bike Park
Basalt High School Trailhead
Prince Creek Trail
Roaring Fork River parcels / easements
Crystal River parcels / easements
Gold Butte (no dogs; commercial use limited to groups of 6 including guides; AMGA certified single pitch instructor required)
Stein Falls (ice climbing; commercial use limited to groups of 6 including guides)
The Drool (ice climbing; no dogs; commercial use limited to groups of 6 including guides)
The Pillar (ice climbing; no dogs; commercial use limited to groups of 6 including guides)
Glassier Open Space trails (closed Dec. 1-May 15; no commercial use; special events limited to 2 per year)
Redstone Park (no commercial use, no events Memorial and Labor Day weekends or July 4; events capped at 75 people)
Elk Park (no commercial use, no events Memorial and Labor Day weekends or July 4; events capped at 75 people)
Describe Proposed Use
For event permit, YOU MUST indicate anticipated group size and entry fees. Provide written description of route or use document upload. For commercial permit applications, YOU MUST indicate dates or months of use, anticipated number of outings per site and anticipated group size per outing (including guides and clients). NOTE: In some cases, permit will restrict group size, uses per day and months of operation, based on property-specific regulations.
Combine any additional materials into one pdf or Word document and upload it here. This may include route maps, safety plans, a certificate of liability insurance and information about staff involved in the proposed use and their pertinent training or certifications. Commercial boating operators must provide a copy of their current River Outfitter License.
For any checked boxes, please explain in your Description of Proposed Use.
Dogs or other animals will be present during proposed use.
Signs or banners will be posted on OST properties or trails.
Food will be served on OST property during proposed use.
Fees will be charged.
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