SNOWMASS VILLAGE --While most enter Snowmass Village via Brush Creek, Owl Creek Road is the back door into town and historically the more used access route into the Brush Creek Valley. In the early 1900s, the 4-mile stretch was considered a rural, gravel road serving as an access to local ranches with steep hills on either end that were often dangerous. The road, pictured here circa 1940, now provides steep climbs for bicyclists along the Owl Creek Trail. The Owl Creek School, located at the bottom of the hill near the airport, served the children who lived at the ranches along Owl Creek, as well as the Buttermilk to Aspen Business Center areas. Some of the families who lived along Owl Creek included the Stapletons, Rohrbaughs, McPhersons, Bruntons and the Christiansens, who owned the Glendale Ranch that now has the iconic red barn and horses roaming the fields. Although the road is now paved and large homes have replaced the cattle and crops, the long straight road crossing the valley still holds the memories of yesterday.
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