It was as if we were standing right between the words “Aspen” and “Snowmass” in the phrase “Aspen/Snowmass.” We’d found the missing connecting point, on a sage-covered land bridge, between the two communities. “It knits together forever hiking, biking and equestrian trails and linkages, a dozen earlier open space acquisitions and the resort communities of Aspen and Snowmass Village,” said Tim McFlynn, chair of the open space and trails board. “It’s the cornerstone of 20 years of open space acquisitions.”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Below was the Roaring Fork River valley stretched out like we’d never seen it, with views up toward Independence Pass and out across over lower Woody Creek to Red Table Mountain.The county hopes to soon create separate equestrian and mountain biking trails to this scenic spot, coming up from both the Brush Creek and Owl Creek sides of the ridge. County officials envision being able to ride a horse from the Cozy Point stables, across the bottom of Brush Creek Road, up the publicly-owned Cozy Point South property — with its winding green utility line scar — and up onto the Droste ridge.Or being able to ride a bike, or walk, out along the Owl Creek bike trail and then up a route along the existing radar road to the ridge.In the county’s vision, which is shared by Aspen, Snowmass Village and perhaps Great Outdoors Colorado, horses and humans could then head out across the rolling ridge toward Snowmass along the existing smooth dirt road, which will otherwise be open only to occasional county land-management vehicles.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, August 8, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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