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Parking & Getting Around

Getting around the Aspen Snowmass area is simple and convenient. On this page, we offer comprehensive guidance on everything from our efficient bus system to renting a bike to how much a parking meter costs on a Tuesday afternoon.

Aerial shot of many RFTA buses parked and pulling out of the Ruby Stop in the Heart of Aspen,  town surrounds the bus stop, and green mountains can be seen in the background

Getting Around with a Car

Highway 82 serves as the main thoroughfare connecting the Roaring Fork Valley. In downtown Aspen, it is also labeled as Main Street. Our airport is conveniently located right off the highway a mere 3 miles outside of town. Snowmass Village connects to Highway 82 via both Brush Creek Road and Owl Creek Road. Below is all you need to know about parking your car during your stay.

Parking Lot Status

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There's nothing worse than losing time on the mountain while you search for parking on a busy day. Wake up, get your gear ready, and check the Aspen Snowmass App to see the status of parking at your go-to spot. If your favorite lot is full, you can easily reroute to the nearest lot with our help.

We will report on parking lot status daily between 8am - 12pm at Aspen Highlands Parking Garage, Buttermilk Parking Lot, Two Creeks Parking Lot, and the Town Park Parking Lot. After 12pm, parking is available on a first come first serve basis.

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All Parking Options and Information

There are several parking lots around the Aspen Snowmass area, but they fill up quickly during peak travel times and especially on powder days. When you’re headed out for a day on the slopes, you’ll want to avoid circling the parking lot, so below we've compiled a local's perspective on the various parking lots, in order of preference.

Brush Creek Lot

Brush Creek Lot

Colorado Rd. 10, Aspen CO 81611
Access: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk

Your best bet if you’re traveling from outside the area is to park at the Brush Creek Lot and take a RFTA bus to any of our four mountains. This lot is located just 5 miles outside of Aspen and Snowmass on Highway 82 as you approach and it is the central hub of most bus routes.
Getting Around Aspen Snowmass: RFTA buses

Buttermilk Lot

Buttermilk Lot

127 W Buttermilk Rd, Aspen, CO 81611
Access: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk

Located at the base of Buttermilk, the Buttermilk parking lot is accessible and usually less full on peak weekends and powder days. In addition, Buttermilk Lot is the easiest way to get to Aspen Highlands on busy days.

During winter, 5-minute Ski School drop-off will be available throughout the season.
Getting Around Buttermilk

Aspen Highlands Garage

Getting Around Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands Base Village Parking Garage

199 Prospector Road, Aspen, CO 81611
Access: Aspen Highlands

Located at the base of Aspen Highlands, the Aspen Highlands Parking Garage offers a limited number of spots that fill up quickly on holidays and weekends. The first half hour is free.

• Weekend and Holiday Rate: $6/hour up to a max of $40
• Weekdays Rate: $6/hour up to a max of $30
• Pull ticket and use at EXIT - keep ticket(s) in a safe place – lost tickets subject to $100 fee.
• Cash payment kiosk located inside at mid-level stairwell
• Payment only accepted at exit time, no prepayment available.

Aspen Metered Parking

City of Aspen Metered Parking

Aspen, CO 81611
Access: Aspen Mountain

Downtown parking meters: Maximum of four hours. Paid parking is in effect from 10am–6pm, Monday through Saturday.
• 10am–10:59am: $4 per hour
• 11am–2:59pm: $6 per hour
• 3pm–6pm: $4 per hour
• 6pm–9:59am: Free
• Free on Sundays
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Rio Grande Parking Plaza

Rio Grande Parking Plaza

Aspen, CO 81611
Access: Aspen Mountain

• $2 per hour
• $12 per day
• Free on Sundays

Snowmass Base Garage

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Snowmass (Village, Base & Two Creeks)

Free Parking: Town Park Station (formerly Rodeo Lot): Shuttles depart starting at 6:40am every 20 minutes, 6:30am to 7:10am and 5:20pm to 6:20pm. 10-minute service 7:10am to 5:20pm. HOV (four or more) park free at Two Creeks.

Paid Parking: Lot E and Two Creeks are $25 on weekdays and $35 on weekends & holidays. Permit is required from 8:00am until noon daily. Spaces are limited, permits do not guarantee a spot.

Base Village Parking Garage
• First hour is free
• $8.00 Each additional hour
• $56.00 Daily maximum
• Evening parking is free if you enter the garage after 3:00pm
• Free during summer months

Town Park Station

Town Park Station

2909 Brush Creek Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Access: Snowmass

Located in Snowmass and formerly named 'The Rodeo Lot," shuttles depart from Town Park Station every 10 minutes between 7:30am – 5:30pm. Shuttles depart every 20 minutes between 6:40am – 7:30am and 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Two Creeks Lot

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Two Creeks Lot

31 Burnt Mountain Cir, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Access: Snowmass

Located in Snowmass at the base of the Two Creeks lift, the Two Creeks Lot is $25/day on weekdays and $35/day on weekends & holidays. Permit is required from 8am until noon daily. Spaces are limited, permits do not guarantee a spot. HOV (four or more) park free at Two Creeks.

West Buttermilk

West Buttermilk

West Buttermilk Road, Aspen, Colorado 81611
Access: Buttermilk
Located at Buttermilk at the base of the West Buttermilk Express lift, the West Buttermilk lot is a small lot accessible at no charge. Spaces are limited and the lot is frequently full.

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Getting Around Without a Car

Pedestrians walking around Aspen Snowmass in winter

Pedestrians walking around Aspen Snowmass in winter

Not only is it possible to enjoy your vacation at Aspen Snowmass without a car, it is totally doable. The beauty of Aspen Snowmass is that you have access to 4 unique, world-class mountains without ever having to get behind the wheel. A seamless bus system, pedestrian-friendly streets, free shuttles, and numerous limo and taxi companies make it possible to focus on enjoying your experience (and your après cocktail) rather than focusing on the road.

Pedestrian-friendly streets, free shuttles, reliable public transportation and numerous limo and taxi companies make sure that you can ditch the car for your visit.

RFTA Bus System

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

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RFTA Aspen Snowmass

The RFTA or Roaring Fork Transit Authority (which locals simply call “Rafta”) has routes to all four mountains, around town, downvalley, and most places in between. Convenient schedules and (more importantly ski and snowboard racks) make them a popular choice for visiting the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass. Enjoy your après cocktail worry-free knowing your Designated Driver is arriving every 15 minutes to shuttle you home!

Visit RFTA’s website to learn more about schedules and fares.

You can receive estimated arrival times by text message with RFTA SMS Text Schedules. You can get information online in advance of your trip or find information on how to text at any posted bus stop!

Quick Guide to RFTA

Traveling from mountain to mountain? Use the 4-Mountain Connector route
Traveling around Aspen? Use the City of Aspen route
Traveling around Snowmass Village? Use the Snowmass Village route
Traveling to Aspen from Down Valley? Use the VelociRFTA: Bus Rapid Transit route

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Hotel Shuttles

Driving an Audi up Independence Pass
Numerous hotels and resorts in Aspen and Snowmass Village offer resort shuttles to the slopes, and — in some cases — luxury transfers to wherever you want to go. Learn more about the hotels and resorts (and the transportation services they offer) in our Lodging section.

On Bike

Getting around Aspen Snowmass by bike
Bike culture in Aspen and Snowmass Village is alive and thriving. Regardless of season, most locals get from point A to point B on a bike because of how easy it is.

In summer, Four Mountain Sports rents cruiser, road and mountain bikes for getting around. Even the Limelight Hotel Aspen offers complimentary cruiser bikes to guests.

On Foot

Getting Around Aspen Snowmass by foot
Both downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village are pedestrian friendly. In fact, you could cross both of them on foot in 20 minutes time. In Aspen, Cooper and Hyman Avenues (between Mill and Galena Streets) and Mill St. (between Hyman and Durant Avenues) are closed to vehicles, creating a wonderful pedestrian mall.

In Snowmass Village, the Mall and Base Village areas are also perfect for strolling.

Taxi / Limo Service

From a simple cross-valley ride to the five-star treatment, several taxis and limousine services can be found in and around Aspen and Snowmass Village. Local taxi and limousine companies include:

Aspen Limo Services
High Mountain Taxi
Corporate Transportation Specialists - CTS Aspen
Nomi Limo

Rental Car Agencies

Most destinations around the Aspen Snowmass area are accessible by public transportation, bike, or foot. However, if you’re craving the freedom of the open road or are planning to travel outside the bounds of public transportation, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport has numerous rental car agencies that you can rent from.