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Gunnison County Colorado Hiking Trails

Government Trail #1980

White River National Forest

Closed for elk calving from May 15 - June 20, the 9.8 mile Government Trail is also known as Brush Creek Trail and is a popular cross country ski trail during the winter. An enjoyable day hike or mountain bike ride, Government Trail crosses Maroon Creek via a pedestrian bridge and turns left onto a residential street. Leaving the road the trail begins a steep ascent with switchbacks until reaching Buttermilk Ski Area.

Alternating between aspen groves and ski runs, the trail climbs slowly after leaving the ski area, passing through aspen, lodgepole pine and flowered meadows. Ending at Snowmass Ski area, Government Trail is not a loop, car shuttle is recommended.

To access Government Trail from Aspen Colorado, travel west 0.5 along Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Travel around the roundabout and turn right onto Maroon Creek Road and continue 1 mile to the Recreation Center. The trail begins behind the baseball fields. Cross the pedestrian bridge and follow the signs for Government Trail.

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