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Quick Facts

Montezuma Basin Road

Average Time: 1 Day
Beginning Elevation: 9,728 Feet (3032.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Ending Elevation: 12,600 Feet (3927.7 Meters)
Length, One-Way: 5 Miles
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Hayden Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

There is often snow on the road well into July. The lower section of the road receives heavy use, especially on the weekends. This road is very rugged, and in some sections is located in a stream. It climbs well above the timberline and continues for a mile or so, through fields of rocks tinted with a lichen of various colors. This road was built to serve the Montezuma Mine and debris from the operation of the mine may be seen along the way.

The first 1/2 mile is fairly level, then begins to climb. There are some steep uphill sections and at the 1 1/2 mile mark there is a foot bridge. At the bridge you will need to cross the stream. The road continues to climb through spruce groves crossing a vehicle bridge and immediately becoming steeper and more rugged. Three miles up the road, the Mace cabin is passed on the right. A quarter mile past the cabin, the road to Pearl Pass forks steeply to the left (Refer to the Pearl Pass handout for more information on this route). At this fork bear right. Keeping right, the road soon climbs some steep, continuous switchbacks. The road is very narrow and rugged in some areas. The road ends at the parking area for Castle Peak.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche conditions and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:45:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Montezuma Basin Road passes through areas of high avalanche risk.
ICON Hiking & Walking Hiking is a good alternative to driving on this steep and treacherous mountain road. Access to Castle Peak fourteener.
ICON Horseback Riding Montezuma Basin Road
ICON Mountain Biking Montezuma Basin Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Montezuma Basin Road
ICON Snowmobiling Montezuma Basin Road passes through areas of high avalanche risk.
ICON Snowshoeing Montezuma Basin Road passes through areas of high avalanche risk.

Related Activities
Castle Creek Road - This drive is one of the most enjoyable drives in the Aspen area. The paved road follows Castle Creek 13 miles up the valley.

Castle Peak - Castle Peak, at 14,265 feet, is the highest peak in the Elk Range. It is located 12 miles south of Aspen at the end of the Castle Creek Valley

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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