Aspen-Sopris Ranger District big part of White River National Forest |

Aspen-Sopris Ranger District big part of White River National Forest

The trails crew prioritizes work on hundreds of miles of trails in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, including some in the Raggeds Wilderness outside of Marble.
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The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest is 750,000 acres spanning four counties. Here’s what the trail crews work on:

There are five designated wilderness areas in the district, encompassing about 316,000 acres.

There are 36 trailheads within the wilderness areas, including 17 in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, which is the most heavily visited.

There are 346 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails in the district with 289 miles in wilderness (where motorized and mechanized uses are banned).

There are 175 miles of mountain biking trails.

There are 28 miles of off-highway vehicle trails and 24 miles of motorcycle trails.

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District has a five-person trail crew this year. That’s an increase over recent years. The crew cleared approximately 200 miles of trail in 2016.

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