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Government Trail

On this trail there are numerous aspen groves, flower-filled meadows and scenic mountain range overlooks. Government Trail is intermediate due to rocky terrain, stream crossing sections and a few short, but steep climbs.


6.81 Miles
478' Ascent
1,807' Descent
9,388' High
8,038' Low
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About Government Trail

Government Trail is an intermediate singletrack trail that travels across Snowmass all the way to Buttermilk. This trail is filled with plenty of short up- and downhill sections between forests and meadows, while wandering through the occasional stream. A portion of this trail is closed until June 28 for elk calving season.

Feel like challenging yourself? This trail serves as the backbone for the annual Golden Leaf Half Marathon that starts in Snowmass and finished in Aspen.



Parking is available in the Snowmass Base Village parking structure as well as in the numbered located between the Mall and Base Village.

Map Location of Parking Lot

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Snowmass offers some of the best hiking trails in the valley. You can expect to find spectacular views, wildflowers, rolling meadows, dense forests and a wide variety of wildlife that can be spotted from the trail.

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Snowmass Village has everything you need to gear up for your next hiking adventure. Local shops offer the latest in outdoor gear and apparel to make the most of your time outside.

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Getting to Snowmass is easy and getting to the trailhead is even easier. Snowmass Village boasts plentiful free parking at multiple locations making it hassle-free to get out of your vehicle and to the trailhead.

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