Aspen Mountain Summer Road is a hard-packed dirt and gravel service road climbing up the side of Aspen Mountain, rolling across the ski slopes and under the chairlifts. The road connects Richmond Hill to the town of Aspen and is generally 2+ vehicles wide with no obstacles beyond the occasional pothole and washboard stretches. The road is steep in sections, and a low-end transfer case will be extremely useful in avoiding undo stress on the mechanical parts of your vehicle. This road can become extremely muddy and slippery after a rain storm, making four-wheel-drive necessary. This road is suitable for any high clearance passenger vehicle.
The road is only open during the summer months and is subject to closure at any time due to ski resort operations. Because the road travels entirely on Aspen Resort property, no camping exists. Aspen Mountain Summer Road is exceptionally scenic, with fantastic views of Aspen and the surrounding valleys.
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