Basalt Snowmobile Trails
The Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass trails are nestled just 5 miles north of Basalt in the 2.3 million-acre White River National Forest. Ungroomed, the trails are packed by the snowmobiles of members of the Mid-Valley Snowmobile Club of Basalt. There's plenty of trail riding if you stick to the Forest Service roads, or more experienced riders can risk extreme riding in the trail's mountain areas. Just remember to use the bathroom before you head out as neither trail head has a restroom.
To get to the Basalt Mountain Trailhead, drive north of Basalt to El Jebel. Once there, take Upper Cattle Creek Road five miles north of El Jebel to reach the parking area. If you want to reach the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead, continue on Upper Cattle Creek Road for another seven miles and turn off on Cottonwood Pass Road. Take the road five miles north until you reach the trailhead, which is near Van Springs Reservoir.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Walk to Gold Medal fishing on Roaring Fork River. Campground between Aspen and Glenwood Springs in Basalt off Hwy 82. RV sites: WI-FI, level, shaded, mostly pull-thrus. BIG RIGS! Run by Aspen Skiing Co.
More Activities & Information
Aspen & Snowmass Village, Colorado includes: Basalt, Snowmass Village