Scenic Picnic Point up for sale
Picnic Point is for sale.
The Little Annie Basin mining claims that have been the site of numerous weddings and parties on the back of Aspen Mountain over the years are on the market for $9 million. The four patented claims that make up the point are to be sold because their four owners can’t agree what to do with them.
Stirling Cooper Jr., son of the most vocal of the owners, told the Times Wednesday his father is reluctant to sell the property, but his father’s partners have decided that getting out is the only viable option. “The four owners can’t agree on what to do up there,” he said.
Cooper said his father has always wanted the property to become a park or public open space. “That’s always been Dad’s goal – to have something the public can use,” he said.
The property is owned by Stirling Cooper Sr.; his brother, Ted Cooper; John Boslough and Jim Boslough. If the property were allowed to pass to the partners’ many heirs, the difficulty in deciding its fate would increase exponentially, the younger Cooper said. That thought, he said, prompted the majority of the owners to decide to simply turn it into cash. The partners have not involved a realtor in the offer.
The property includes the 9.31-acre Lincoln claim, where the annual Aspenblow party takes place, and the Mountain Ranger, Mountain Elk and Topliff claims. The total acreage is 33.18.
Cooper Jr. said he believes only one house could be built on the claims, because of a law known as the “merger doctrine,” which binds contiguous properties owned by the same partners into one parcel. “I think it’s probably technically one site,” he said.
The Picnic Point property made news in 1997 when Pitkin County directed adjacent landowner Hawk Greenway to build his cabin directly on the only road providing access to the parcel. Another road was cut around the cabin, and the younger Cooper said it was successfully used by the guests at last month’s annual Aspenblow party.
Stirling Cooper Sr. applied in 1998 for a special events permit that would make the parcel a legal venue for commercial events such as weddings, but that permit was not granted.
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