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Rocky Fork Day Use Area & Trailhead

Elevation: 7,600 Feet (2369.1 Meters)
Reservation Remarks: day use only
Reservation Status: Not Accepted


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General Description

Fryingpan River at the Rocky Fork Day Use Area
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Fryingpan River at the Rocky Fork Day Use Area
Rocky Fork Day Use Area is available for use by donation. It is located west of Ruedi Reservoir and provides access to recreation opportunities on land and water. No drinking water is available at this site, but it is located on the Fryingpan River. The elevation of Rocky Fork Day Use Area is 7,600 ft.

Directions from Basalt: 13 miles east of Basalt, CO up the Frying Pan Rd, County Rd 104

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Year-round (NOTE: Open year round, trash collection, and vault toilets) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: S. Brindell (Louisville, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: For those who have never fished this portion of the Frying Pan River, it's something of a rite of passage. Some tough fish live here, but catching one of them is a great thrill.
Conditions: A bit crowded (as usual) but well worth the trip. Weather was good - bright and sunny with not too much wind. Flows are substantial right now (in order to make up for reduced flow from the Roaring Fork, no doubt), so care must be taken when wade-fishing.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching 3 miles east on County Rd 104
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing on site,2 handicap accessible fishing ramps available
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Rocky Fork Trail
Yes
ICON Picnicking on site
Yes
ICON Waterskiing & Other Water Sports 3 miles east on County Rd 104
No



Nearby Services

Groceries: regional chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 13 miles west to Basalt

Gas Station: several regional chains in Basalt (Private - Profit) Directions: 13 miles west to Basalt

Nearest Hospital: Aspen Valley Hospital (Private - Profit) Directions: 29 miles west to Basalt and 17 miles to Aspen on Hwy. 82. At the roundabout west of Aspen, turn right onto Castle Creek Road and follow 1/4 mile to hospital on right.

Showers: KOA Campground in Basalt (Private - Profit) Directions: 13 miles west to Basalt and 2 miles northwest on Hwy 82

Nearest Pay Phone: US WEST (Private - Profit) Directions: 11 miles east on County Rd 104 to Meredith or 13 miles west to Basalt.

Miscellaneous: Propane at KOA campground (Private - Profit) Directions: 13 miles west to Basalt and 2 miles northwest on Hwy 82



Related Activities
Rocky Fork Trail - This trail is fairly steep for the first half mile, then levels off to a gradual climb until it connects with Road #528.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940

Hickory House, 730 W. Main St. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2313

Annabelle Inn, 232 W. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-266-2466, Fax: 970-925-3328, info@annabelleinn.com

Aspen Alps, 700 Ute Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-711-0522, Fax: 970-920-2522

Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-452-4240 or 800-452-4240

Aspen Mountain Lodge, 311 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7650 or 800-362-7736, Fax: 970-925-5744, aml@aspenmountainlodge.com

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, 617 East Cooper Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1000 or 800-470-0530

Hotel Aspen, 110 Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 888-738-8492, info@hotelaspen.com

Hotel Durant, 122 East Durant , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-438-7268 or 970-925-8500, Fax: 970-925-8789

Hotel Jerome, 330 East Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-916-5430 , Fax: 970-920-2050, jerome.info@aubergeresorts.com

Independence Square Hotel/Frias Properties, 404 S. Galena Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-542-7736, Fax: 970-925-2006

Inn at Aspen/Aspen Administrative Office, 38750 Highway 82 , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1500 or 844-997-8727, aspeninfo@wynvr.com

Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-925-3025 or 970-925-3025, Fax: 970-925-5120, info@limelighthotel.com

Molly Gibson Lodge, 101 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3434 or 888-271-2304, Fax: 970-925-2582, info@mollygibson.com

Mountain Chalet Aspen, 333 East Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7797, Fax: 888-925-7798, res@mca.travel

Residence Hotel, 305 S Galena St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-315-2977, reservations@aspenresidence.com

Residences at the Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-420-9009 or (970) 920-4600, STAY@THELITTLENELL.COM

Sky Hotel, 709 E. Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6760 or 800-882-2582, Fax: 970-925-6778

Snow Queen Lodge, 124 E. Cooper Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-925-8455, Fax: 970-925-7391, sqlodge@rof.net

St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums , 334 W. Hyman Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3220 or 800-817-2069, Fax: 970-920-4032, info@stmoritzlodge.com

The Crestwood Condominiums, 400 Wood Road , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2450 or 800-356-5949, res@thecrestwood.com

The Gant, 610 S W End Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-5000, Fax: 970-925-6891

The Innsbruck, 233 W. Main St. , Aspen, colorado, 81611, Phone: 866-925-2980

The Little Nell Hotel, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-4600, Concierge@thelittlenell.com

Tyrolean Lodge, 200 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-4595 or 888-220-3809, Fax: 970-925-4598, stay@tyroleanlodge.com

Asie, 413 Main St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-920-9988

Brexi Brasserie, 411 S. Monarch St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2838, Fax: 970-429-4348

Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant, P.O. Box 6400 , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-5188

Grateful Deli, 223 E. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6647

New York Pizza, 409 E. Hyman Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-3088

Sam's Smokehouse, On Mountain , Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-8686

Stew Pot, 62 Elbert Lane , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2263

Taster's Aspen, 455 Rio Grande Pl , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1952

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