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Quick Facts

Brush Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 7,600 Feet (2369.1 Meters) Highway 82
Difficulty: Easy paved, maintained year round
Elevation Gain: 800 Feet (249.4 Meters) approximately
Ending Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters) Snowmass Ski Area
Length, One-way: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) from Highway 82 to Snowmass Ski Area

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General Description

Brush Creek Road leads travelers from Highway 82, west of Aspen, to Snowmass Ski Area. Its a good starting point for hikes in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Also, many good mountain biking trails on Snowmass Village Ski Resort begin at the end of Brush Creek Road. Many other recreation opportunities are available on this road including golfing, tennis, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Directions from Aspen: From Aspen drive eight miles west on Highway 82 to a traffic light where Brush Creek Road begins.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open year round. Updated: 2000-09-01 16:24:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Automobile Travel Brush Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Snowmass Ski Area
ICON Scenic Driving

Related Activities
East Snowmass Trail - This trail is good for hiking, backpacking and horseback travel. The camping is limited due to the steep terrain. This trail is less popular than the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and has very steep sections and may contain snowfields until late July.

Government Trail - Government Trail is an enjoyable day hike or mountain bike ride through aspen groves. It is also known as Brush Creek Trail and is a popular cross country ski trail in the winter.

Maroon-Snowmass Trail (from Snowmass Creek Trailhe - This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers, views and access to other areas within the Wilderness.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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