Aspen-Sopris Ranger District


Sopris in the springtime

Aspen-Sopris manages five Wilderness areas and the spectacular Maroon Bells Recreation Area, the historical Crystal Mill, Ashcroft ghost town, and the small mining town of Marble, CO. This area provides outstanding recreational opportunities including downhill & cross-country skiing, hunting, hiking, camping, rafting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and world class fly fishing in gold medal waters. 

Big game hunters will find numerous rewards with our generous elk and deer populations hosting an estimated 45,000 elk and 80,000 deer within our summer inventory. Our forest rangers offer hundreds of group tours and interpretive presentations throughout the year at our local schools, on the trail, in our campgrounds, and on location at our three visitor centers.

For visitors unable to visit one of our visitor center locations, please search our Recreation Opportunity Guides for free downloadable road and trail guides for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: View Current Conditions Reports
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Aspen, CO; Carbondale, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Maroon Bells Scenic Area Website Aspen Ranger Station - 970-925-3445 (Scheduled to Open in June) Sopris Ranger Station - 970-963-2266

General Information


Aspen Ranger Station (Scheduled to Open in June)
806 West Hallam
Aspen, CO 81611

Sopris Ranger Station
620 Main Street
Carbondale, CO 81623

General Notes:

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger Districts are managed together out of one office in Carbondale, Colorado (Sopris Ranger Station). The Aspen Ranger Station is scheduled to open with full services for the 2016 summer season. For inquiries about the Basalt, Carbondale & Marble areas call (970) 963-2266. The Sopris Ranger Station is a full service office, where maps, passes, and local permits are sold.

Currently Visitor Services in Aspen are located at the Aspen Ranger Station, on Highway 82 at the corner of the S-Curve in Aspen. The office is schedule to open with full services in June. Bus tickets for the Maroon Bells Shuttle are sold at the Four Mountain Sports Store in the Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Contact the Aspen office at (970) 925-3445 for questions about the Aspen, Snowmass, and surrounding areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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