Government TH #1980

The Government trail crosses Maroon Creek via a pedestrian bridge and turns left onto a residential street. It then leaves the road and begins a steep ascent with switchbacks until reaching Buttermilk Ski area. The trail alternates between aspen groves and ski runs (signs are present to guide you across the runs). Beyond the ski area the trail climbs slowly through rolling terrain, passing through aspen, lodgepole pine, and flowered meadows where wildlife can often be seen. The trail ends at the Snowmass Ski area. The trail is not a loop so a car shuttle is recommended. It's an enjoyable day hike or mountain bike ride through aspen groves. This is a hike where a car shuttle is helpful. It is also known as Brush Creek Trail and is a popular cross country ski trail in the winter.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Government Trail is closed for elk calving from May 15 - June 27. The Government Trail is outside the Wilderness but borders private property. Before you go out, check into the route, it's condition, ownership of land, posted areas,regulations and the following rules:* DOGS MUST BE UNDER VOICE CONTROL out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.
Closest Towns: Aspen/Snowmass Village
Restroom: No

General Information


From Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Go around the Roundabout and turn right onto Maroon Creek Road and continue 1 mile to the Recreation Center. The trail begins behind the baseball fields. Cross the pedestrian bridge and follow the signs for the Government Trail.

Recreation Map

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  Area/Length : 
9.8 miles one-way (15.7 km)

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  Elevation : 
8,000 feet (2438 m) - 9,400 feet (2865 m)