Government Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
cross country skiing
Directions from Snowmass Village: From Snowmass Village: Drive 6 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Brush Creek Road. Continue about 4-1/2 miles to Wood Run Road and turn left. Follow Wood Run Road to the cul-de-sac at the end. There is a grated dirt road off the far side that leads to parking at the trailhead.
Great in summer. Not accessible year round. Winter it is snow filled. Closed until June 20 for elk migration.
Took the downhill route starting off of Wood Run road at Snowmass. Prettiest wild flowers of any hike I've been on. Long but easy. Took 4:15 to get to Aspen Rec Center. Anxious to do the reverse trek soon just because it's so pretty.
Alpine meadows, small stream crossings, and aspen trees all over. Bring plenty of water if running! Leaned this the hard way. If you want to do a one way, you can take the RFTA back to your start point -or somewhere near it at least.