Aspen Ridge

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Aspen Ridge features open ranges, dense forests, and expansive views. As the name implies, the 10,000-foot elevation ridge is covered in aspen trees. The Forest Service Road is generally a graded dirt road that travels in a north-south track. The road crosses broad meadows providing expansive views ... Read More
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Highlights of Aspen Ridge

Altitude Category Icon Altitude
Camping Category Icon Camping
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Overland Category Icon Overland
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
10301 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
4/1 - 12/15
Best Direction
South
Official Trail Name
185
Nearest Town
Johnson Village
Nearest Services
Johnson Village
Management Agency
San Isabel National Forest
District
Salida Ranger District

Overview

Aspen Ridge features open ranges, dense forests, and expansive views. As the name implies, the 10,000-foot elevation ridge is covered in aspen trees. The Forest Service Road is generally a graded dirt road that travels in a north-south track. The road crosses broad meadows providing expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks. Despite rougher conditions at elevation, the entire road is easily navigable by a stock 4WD vehicle. Aspen Ridge is popular among ATV and motorcycle riders, mountain bikers, and equestrians who enjoy the wide open spaces. There's dispersed camping available along all segments of the road, and nearby towns of Nathrop, Johnson Village, Buena Vista, and Salida offer commercial campgrounds, motel lodging, and outdoor supplies.

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1 Trail Concerns
30 Community Reviews
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