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Montezuma Basin

High mountain ride with options to hike to two 14,000-foot peaks.

Total Miles

5

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Elevation
12,700'
Duration
2 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

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Trail Overview
Montezuma Basin
Get your lungs ready for this high mountain ride to 12,700 feet. If you're up for it, there are hiking trails to two 14,000-foot peaks. This rocky route stays above the treeline and provides gorgeous views. Designated camping available. Open May 21 to October 22, depending on snow.
History
The basin above the parking lot operated as a small ski area for about 10 years starting in 1967. It had a vertical drop of just 200 feet and provided late season skiing, sometimes into July. It was primarily used as a racing and training camp. A rope tow serviced the area. Plans for a chair lift never materialized.
Getting There
From roundabout on Highway 82 west of Aspen, turn south on Castle Creek Road, F.S. 102. Follow paved road south about 13 miles and bear right at signs to Pearl Pass and Montezuma Basin.
Contact for Current Conditions
White River N.F.
Aspen R.D.
(970) 925-3445