Government Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Government Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

19.7 miles 4550 feet Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips


cross country skiing



wild flowers


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.

trail running
9 months ago

Great in summer. Not accessible year round. Winter it is snow filled. Closed until June 20 for elk migration.

1 year ago

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.

trail running
4 years ago

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.