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American Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail can be either strenuous day hike, or a short backpack. It leads to American Lake.
Avalanche Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a good backpacking trail, with access to the Hell Roaring Trail, East Creek Trail, West Fork Trail and Capitol Lake. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikers and backpackers.
Black Bess Day Use Area Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Black Bess Family Picnic Ground is located at 7,800 ft. in elevation and provides access to water sports on Ruedi Reservoir and land sports in the surrounding terrain.
Bogan Flats Group Site Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Bogan Flats Campground is 25 miles south of Carbondale. It is located adjacent to the Crystal River. It is one of the most scenic and therefore popular campgrounds on the Sopris District.
Castle Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This drive is one of the most enjoyable drives in the Aspen area. The paved road follows Castle Creek 13 miles up the valley.
Cathedral Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Cathedral Lake Trail is a difficult day hike and strenuous backpack trip. Cathedral Lake is very scenic with fair fishing.
Chapman Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Chapman Campground is located adjacent to the Fryingpan River. If you are an angler, the lower Fryingpan is classified as a gold medal water by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Chapman Group Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Chapman Campground is located adjacent to the Fryingpan River and Chapman Dam. If you are an angler, the lower Fryingpan is classified as a gold medal water by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Chapman Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a pretty, small mountain lake that is popular for both it's fishing and easy access.
Crystal Mill Site Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Crystal Mill is considered by some to be one of the most photographed sites in Colorado. The mill is one of the remains of the mining economy that fueled settlement of the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado.
Crystal River Crystal River
Crystal River Crystal River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Crystal River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west, tumbling more than 35 miles through scenic terrain to join the Roaring Fork River two miles below Carbondale.
Dearhamer Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Dearhamer is 32 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on the Fryingpan River and east of Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft.
Difficult Group Site Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Difficult Family Campground is located five miles southeast of Aspen on Highway 82. It has 47 sites with limited spurs to accommodate trailers up to 40'.
Eagle/Thomasville Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!
East Maroon Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This wilderness trail provides good backpacking opportunities and is also a good horseback trail.
Electric Pass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a difficult day hike and strenuous backpack trip. It is recommended to plan an overnight visit.
Express Creek/Taylor Pass Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a popular high-altitude jeep route beginning at Express Creek Road. Because of the altitude snow is often present well into mid-July.
Freeman Mesa Day Use Area Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Freeman Mesa Day Use Area is located on the north shore of Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft. It provides access to water sports on the reservoir and land sports on the surrounding terrain.
Fryingpan Lakes Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Beginning at Nast (Horseshoe Bend), the trail is a fairly easy climb and parallels the Fryingpan River for nine miles until it reaches the lakes.
Fryingpan River Fryingpan River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
This stretch of the river is considered to be some of the finest trout water in the West.
Geneva Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The easy accessibility of the lake makes it one of the most popular and therefore, one of the most heavily used trails on the district. The trail is moderately steep and has some good views of the surrounding mountains.
Grizzly Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a moderate climb with fair fishing at the lake. There is limited camping (stoves ONLY) at the lake. Due to the fragile alpine tundra, it's recommended that you camp below the timberline.
Grottos Day Use Area Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a popular area for picnicking and exploring. There is a waterfall, some interesting rock formations, an ice cave, and numerous short trails. This is a great area for families.
Hunter Valley Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Summer and winter, Hunter Valley is one of the most popular trips from Aspen because of its beauty, accessibility, and peaceful setting. You can spend anywhere from 2 hours to all day on your tour in Hunter Valley.
Independence Pass Area Independence Pass Area,
Aspen Ranger District
The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.
Lily Pad Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The views from the trail are great with lots of open meadows. This route also makes a great loop for bicycles.
Lincoln Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
There is access to many activities along the first six miles of the road. The section of road from Grizzly Reservoir to the ghost town of Ruby is much less traveled and suitable only for hiking, mountain biking and 4 WD.
Linkins Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a moderately steep but short climb to a high alpine lake above the timberline with fair fishing. Located near the top of Independence Pass.
Little Mattie Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Little Mattie is 25 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on Reudi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft.
Lost Man Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is good for hiking and backpacking, also fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake, and Lost Man Reservoir. The trail is not a complete loop; it is a good idea to set up a shuttle.
Lyle/Mormon Lakes Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
If you decide to go on this hike, it is one of the most scenic in the Fryingpan River area.
Maroon Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country. This route is good for taking an all day trip with a picnic stop.
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers and picnickers enjoy the wildflowers and views of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. A great family day hike with many photographic opportunities.
Maroon-Snowmass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
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.
Midway Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a great trail for backpacking and horse travel. The trail is mostly in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness and is one of the less-used trails in the Aspen area.
Nast Trailhead Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trailhead marks the beginning of the trail to Nast Lake, a popular site for fishermen.
Petroleum & Anderson Lakes Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Trail follows an old jeep road that is now closed to mechanized vehicles. The trail follows Anderson Creek passing through fir forests then tundra.
Rio Grande Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The most accessible and popular of all the trails in the Aspen area, the Rio Grande Trail follows the old Denver and Rio Grande Railroad bed along the Roaring Fork River.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Upper section of the Roaring Fork River is the narrowest and fastest section of the river with the most vertical drop. The fishing is characterized by mostly riffle water with the occasional pool and run. These fish while not the largest in the river can many times be the most aggressive.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Gold Medal water section of the Roaring Fork runs from the confluence with the Crystal River to the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Roaring Fork River is a freestone river that has many different faces as it travels throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. It originates on Independence Pass and culminates at the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork-Lower River Section (float fishing) Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Gold Medal water section of the Roaring Fork runs from the confluence with the Crystal River to the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork-Middle River Section Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Middle section of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt to Carbondale falls in elevation much less than the upper sections and offers larger runs and pools.
Roaring Fork-Middle River Section (float fishing) Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Middle section of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt to Carbondale falls in elevation much less than the upper sections and offers larger runs and pools.
Rocky Fork Day Use Area & Trailhead Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Rocky Fork Day Use Area is located near Ruedi Reservoir and provides users with access to water and land recreation opportunities.
Ruedi Boat Ramp & Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Ruedi Boat Ramp and Picnic Ground is located adjacent to Little Maud, Little Mattie and Mollie B Campgrounds, near the west end of Ruedi Reservoir.
Ruedi Reservoir Ruedi Reservoir Recreation facilities around the lake consist of four campgrounds accommodating 81 campsites and two boat-launching ramps. The lake covers about 997 acres and is approximately 5 miles long.
Savage Lakes Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Numerous snow drifts can be expected on the trail throughout the month of June. Even though the trail starts out as being rather steep, it soon becomes one of our more moderate hikes in the area.
Sawyer Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is a gradual to moderate hike for the entire distance. You will find yourself traveling through thick forest, opening up into several meadows where elk and deer are occasionally spotted.
Thomas Lakes Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail is very well maintained and in good condition. It is very heavily used on weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. The hike is a beautiful one with many wild flowers and scenic overlooks.
Weller Campground Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Weller Campground is situated in an aspen grove with ten accessible campsites. The campground is located on Independence Pass Road east of the city of Aspen.
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