Description - The Castle Creek Valley lies to the south of Aspen between Aspen Mountain
and Aspen Highlands ski areas. At the head of the valley lies the fourteen
thousand foot tall Castle Peak. The ghost town of Ashcroft and the Ashcroft
Cross-Country Ski Area are located below the peak. Cathedral and American
lakes are located nearby. The lower end of the valley is dominated by views
of Hayden Peak. Conundrum Creek is located to the west of Hayden.
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Hayden Peak dominates the lower section of Castle Creek Road.
- The Castle Creek Area includes Conundrum Creek and Hot Springs, Ashcroft,
Montezuma Basin, Taylor Pass, Express Creek, Castle Peak, American Lake,
Cathedral Lake, Electric Pass, Little Annie Basin, Richmond Ridge and much
Recreation - Some of the numerous recreation opportunities available in the Castle Creek Area include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, fishing, four-wheel driving, scenic driving, sightseeing, mountain climbing, and viewing historic Ashcroft. Winter brings possibilities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Climate - In the valley bottoms, summer high temperatures extend into the mid 80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 30 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Most of the area and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until mid-July.
This area is located south of Aspen. It includes the Castle Creek Valley and its tributaries, such as Conundrum Creek and Express Creek as well as the Richmond Ridge area.
Directions from Aspen: Castle Creek Road - Drive 1/2 mile west of the Aspen Ranger
District on Highway 82 to the round-a-bout and take the Castle
Creek exit. Pass Aspen Valley Hospital and continue on Castle
Creek Road. Castle Creek Road provides access to Midnight
Mine, Little Annie Basin, Express Creek/Taylor Pass, Pearl Pass
and Montezuma Basin Roads.