Welcome to Old Snowmass
Alpine vistas, bucolic estates, and bubbling creeks northwest of Aspen
Running along State Highway 82 in the Roaring Fork Valley, Old Snowmass brims with verdant hills, large parcel luxury ranches, and open land for grazing and stretching your legs. It is shrouded in breathtaking Rocky Mountain views while cradling a cluster of commercial businesses, making for a peaceful environment to revel in optimum privacy and tranquility while being minutes away from big-city conveniences.
Suffused in its historic ranching tradition, access to meandering mountain trails along the gurgling Snowmass Creek has made this rural community a desirable retreat for horsemen, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Alive with an energetic sporting lifestyle every season, the pristine landscape and wide-open layout of Old Snowmass allow for everyone to enjoy the serenity of a quintessential countryside haven set against the glitz of Aspen. Sprawling estates, large ranches, and spectacular single-family homes dot the beautifully cresting landscape, offering ample space to step out for a quiet walk through the hills or picnic in the hills.
What to Love
- Backcountry trails and endless roads for a lifestyle of recreation
- Breathtaking views of the Elk Mountain Range
- Optimum privacy in a peaceful environment
Mountain living with lots of open space give Old Snowmass its distinct rural character and tranquil atmosphere, teeming with opportunities for solitary moments spent reveling in the serenity of the natural surroundings—crystal clear creeks, majestic mountains, scenic backcountry trails, and quick access to the winter wonderland of Aspen’s four renowned ski-areas!
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While Old Snowmass residents are not reputed for being big on shopping, a bounty of retail lies just within walking/biking distance from homes, so whenever you have to pick up groceries or liquor and ski equipment, all you have to do is step out of the house! For fresh foods, assorted cheese, bread, and even yummy sushi, Clark’s Market is a signature spot for locals.
Locals love to dig into hearty BBQ plates paired with craft brews and cocktails at Slow Groovin Chophouse or settle down at II Poggio for classic Italian dishes, including fettuccine, beef tenderloin, ravioli, and pappardelle. The Stew Pot serves homey comfort delights in a relaxed space with outdoor seating. Order a chili burrito plate or chicken chipotle wrap and hot pastrami to satiate your appetite.
Things to Do
Magnificent trail hikes, horseback rides along a scenic road, camping, and more await in the bucolic paradise that is Old Snowmass. Start your Saturday morning with a quiet trek along the challenging West Snowmass Creek
winding through meadows and lush forests, a hotspot for day hikers seeking out an excellent workout with splendid views. But for those who wish to extend the adventure, this trail also connects at a junction with Capitol Peak Trail
. Experience even more excitement on Hell Roaring
which ascends through a spruce-fir forest, providing periodic openings in the trees to catch stunning views of Mount Daly and Capitol Peak. In a heavily wooded basin of this trail, Williams Lake
lies — a spot leading easily to numerous campsites.
Hunters will find great sport in the Snowmass Wilderness, teeming with elk, mule deer, and mountain goats. Get a feel of the Wild West by exploring lush forests and beautiful wildflower meadows on a guided horseback adventure, whether you desire to be accompanied by Capitol Peak Outfitters, Maroon Bells, or more, there are enough horseback riding services in town to serve you the thrill!
Devout Catholic locals often find peace at the St. Benedict’s Monastery, whether in groups or individuals seeking solitude in prayer and meditation. The Monastery also cradles expansive open space near wildlife migration routes, where monks manage their ranchlands while running a cookie bakery.
Old Snowmass is served by the Aspen School District, home to premier public schools. A few of the neighborhood’s coveted educational institutions include:
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