Hunter Creek access changes
December 27, 2005
Parking and traffic enforcement will increase on Hunter Creek Road access points into the Hunter Creek Valley following a lawsuit settlement.Public parking, with access to the valley via the South Trail, is located at the BLM parking lot next to the water plant on Hunter Creek Road. There is a new, four-space lot just over the National Forest boundary for senior citizens, people with disabilities and users of the 10th Mountain Division hut system; it can also serve as a dropoff and turn-around. Any cars not meeting these criteria will be towed (senior citizens can obtain a sticker from the Pitkin County Senior Citizen Center on Castle Creek Road). Commercial vehicles (except taxis dropping off passengers), oversized vehicles and trailers are not allowed beyond the BLM lot. Parking is also not allowed along Red Mountain or Hunter Creek roads. The increased enforcement is the result of a settlement from a lawsuit dealing with public access to Hunter Creek Valley through private lands on Red Mountain. Under the settlement, the Hunter Creek Toll Road remains closed to motorized use, except to hunters during hunting season.