Local Transportation & Parking

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With only about 7,000 full-time residents, Aspen is the definition of a small town. We are small in size, too. Our downtown is about six blocks. If you have the time, you can walk from the east end to the west end in about 15 minutes and from the Silver Queen Gondola to the Benedict Music Tent in about 20. We pride ourselves on car-free transportation, and make it easy for every visitor and local in Aspen to ditch the keys. 

Explore some of our many transportation options available in Aspen below, it's a hassle-free, safe and earth-friendly way to get around. Our goal is to preserve Aspen's character by keeping traffic congestion and pollution at a minimum.

Even Aspen has traffic woes. Getting in and out of town during traditional rush hours, (morning/afternoon commute, and summer lunch time 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) may have you waiting along Main Street. Should you choose to drive, parking at our downtown garage or on the streets of Aspen is easy. Be prepared and plan ahead! 

BIKE PATHS & Rio Grande Trail

The City of Aspen is a bike-friendly community, with many trails and pedestrian bikeways available to facilitate parking your car and enjoying the freedom associated with bike travel.

  • Home of the Rio Grande Trail, a 44 mile stretch of continuous trail between Aspen & Glenwood Springs as well as a system of trails connecting Aspen and Snowmass Village and Woody Creek.
  • Utilize the Pitkin Outside Map to plot the best commuter route options.


RFTA Busses

The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) represents an unparalleled community commitment to public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

  • RFTA offers frequent, clean and FREE transportation to and from the airport, downtown, Woody Creek, the Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village. 
  • The main bus terminal at Rubey Park is located on Durant Street in downtown Aspen. Here you will find scheudles and additional busses to downvalley locations. 
  • RFTA operates the free skeir shuttles to all of the area ski mountains in the winter, as well as the guided tour bus to the Maroon Bells during the summer. 
  • RFTA monthly and seasonal passes are available, offering discounted rates for frequent riders between fare zones.
  • ACRA Members receive further discounts (5%) on bus passes as part of their benefits package
  • RFTA Zone Passes now include a free WE-Cycle season pass, see information on bike sharing below.
  • Schedules, Fares, and Maps: 970.925.8484, http://www.rfta.com/




• Find carpool partners for daily or one-time trips (FREE PARKING for Carpoolers – Parking Section below)
• Look for walking & cycling partners
• Get traffic alerts via email
• Earn rewards and win great prizes
• Calculate your cost and carbon savings

More information here.



"Yes, but I need a car for errands in town…."

Join Car to Go – which provides its members with all the perks of car ownership but none of the hassles. Members share a fleet of all hybrid vehicles, dramatically reducing their costs.

  • Gas, maintenance, roadside assistance, and insurance are all included!
  • Car-to-Go is perfect for those who use public transportation, bike, walk or carpool for some trips.  
  • More information: 970.920.5066 | http://www.aspenpitkin.com/221/Car-To-Go



The newest addition to the Aspen Transportation family is the Downtowner

  • Free door-to-door service within service area
  • Service from 8 am– 11 pm during winter & summer seasons
  • Electric vehicles with heaters and ski racks during winter season
  • Tips appreciated, but not required
  1. Download the Downtowner app to your android or apple device.
  2. Use the app to request a ride during service hours.
  3. After your ride, you will have the opportunity to rate your driver and provide a tip.


  • 7th Street to the west
  • River to the east
  • River to the north
  • Aspen Mountain to the south


Park for free at the Park & Ride lots in each location listed below, and catch a RFTA bus to Aspen.

  • Brush Creek Intercept lot (Snowmass)
  • Basalt 
  • El Jebel 
  • Carbondale 
  • Glenwood Springs

Try VelociRFTA- Fast, Fun, Frequent service utilizing Bus Rapid Transit.




If you do choose to drive your car to Aspen, we have several parking options.

Aspen's Parking Department is always available to answer questions and help with meters. But, they're also around to monitor and enforce on-street parking programs, which they do very efficiently. Trust us. 

1. Rio Grande Plaza

We recommend the Rio Grande Parking Plaza, located one block off of Main Street at 425 Rio Grande Place. This parking garage offers affordable, covered parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

  • Garage Clearance 7 feet-2 inches. 
  • NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) parking and charging available.
  • For information please call (970) 920-5430.
Rio Grande Plaza Parking Pricing

0-1 Hours $2.00 
1-2 Hours $4.00 
2-3 Hours $6.00
Daily Max $12.00 
$60.00 10-Visit pass* (EDITOR'S PICK - ONLY $6 per day!)
$250.00 Monthly Pass*
$150.00 Business Pass
$30.00 5-Visit Punch Pass 

Free from 5 pm to 5 am 
Free Sundays
Free Holidays (except July 4th)

*available for purchase during booth hours or between 8:30 am and 5 pm at the Aspen Parking Department.

From the plaza, the free Galena Street Shuttle provides convenient service to Aspen's downtown core and to Aspen Mountain from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter and summer season. Please consult the linked RFTA schedule for times, or download their app in the app store.

2. Pay & Display
For parking downtown at one of our extraordinary shops, businesses or attractions, you can use the Pay & Display method.
In downtown Aspen, you'll see blue signs designating pay stations. Simply insert the appropriate coins or your credit card into the solar-powered meters and you will receive a receipt to be displayed face-up on the driver's side dashboard.

You may also utilize Pay By Phone or Way to Park apps on your mobile phone. Parking cards and tokens are available for purchase at the Parking Department for those individuals who do not wish to use credit cards.

Downtown parking is limited to a maximum of 4 hours

Monday-Saturday enforced 10 am-6 pm (Sunday and City Holidays Free). 

Pay & Display Street Parking Pricing
Shoulder-Season Pricing (Fall/Spring)
10am-10:59am $2.00/Hour
11am-2:59pm    $4.00/Hour
3pm - 6:00pm     $2.00/Hour                                         
Peak Season Pricing (Summer/Winter) - Drive Less Pricing 
10am-10:59am $4.00/Hour
11am-2:59pm    $6.00/Hour
3pm - 6:00pm     $4.00/Hour            



  • The City of Aspen Parking Services Department will allow 15 minutes free parking once a day per vehicle for a quick errand. Go to any Pay & Display meter on the street and get a receipt to display in their car for 15 minutes of parking with no payment necessary. 

    • The parking receipt is required to be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle

    • Purchased parking of 30 minutes or more does not include an additional 15 minutes of parking

    • The 15 minutes free parking is only available for short term needs

    • Each vehicle can only get the free 15 once a day. 

  • Motorcycles and Scooters park for free when parked at the end of the block within 2 feet of the "No Parking Anytime" sign.

  • Electric Vehicles and Hybrids can park for free in the residential zones and carpool areas only, not in the downtown meter spaces. These vehicles must get a permit for the free parking from the Aspen Parking Department.

  • Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV's) can park for $500 yearly fee until 12/31/19.

3. Carpool Parking

Carpools of two or more adults, of driving age, are eligible for FREE carpool permits for parking in residential or carpool zones.  

  • Pick up a daily pass at the Airport Parking Information Kiosk at the Pitkin County Airport.
  • Designated carpool parking spots are located throughout downtown Aspen. Map here.
  • For more information on the carpooling program, call (970) 920-5038.
4. Accessible Parking
Several ADA spaces are available in Aspen. Additionally, ADA permitted vehicles may park in any legal parking space free of charge with no time restrictions.
5. Residential Parking

Free 2 hour parking is available in residential zones just outside of Aspen’s core. Free Saturdays and Sundays

Purchase a full day pass for these zones for $8 at the following places:

  • Airport Parking Kiosk
  • Aspen Parking Department 
  • City Market

For more information on parking options, call the Aspen Parking Department at  (970)920-5267 or visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Parking.



*Photo courtesy of the City of Aspen Parking Department


"I want to be on my own schedule!"

We have many local Taxis & Shuttles companies available in town. 

Ride Sharing is now available in Aspen. Download your preferred app in the app store. 

WE-CYCLE – Community Supported Bike Share

WE-Cycle is Aspen's commuter bike share program. These bicycles are meant for short, frequent, point-to-point trips between bus stops, businesses, restaurants, events, lodges, and residences.  

  • The first 30 minutes of each checkout is included in the cost of the pass, while longer rides are charged overtime fees.
  • Extended rides are an additional $4 for the first half hour past 30 minutes and $8 for each subsequent half hour after 60 minutes.
  • Your pass allows for unlimited bike checkouts.
  • The clock resets when your bike re-docks.
  • All RFTA Seasonal Zone Passes include a FREE WE-Cycle Season Pass.
  • There are 20 WE-Cycle stations in Aspen – locations can be found at www.we-cycle.org

Ride the bus to town & use WE-Cycle around town.




4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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