There’s no better way to experience the majesty of Aspen than spending a night or two (or more) in the wilderness. You can camp in a tent, rent an RV or venture further afield to one of the huts available for rent through the Friends, 10th Mountain Division, and Braun Hut systems.
- Camping in Aspen is plentiful at both campgrounds and wilderness areas.
- To secure a spot in advance, connect with the White River National Forest for campground reservations and permits, or take a look at available Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas suggested for wilderness and BLM camping. Permits are now required for all overnight campers at the Conundrum Hot Springs.
- If you are backpacking, follow campfire rules and don’t camp within 100 feet of any trails, lakes, streams or rivers.
- Backcountry campers should know how to dispose of human waste. Catholes (small pits for human waste and then covered with earth) are not allowed within 100 feet of any water source (obvious reasons, right?). They must be eight inches deep and six inches wide. In many locations, campers are required to pack out anything they might otherwise leave “behind.” And the TP? Pack it out or bury it along with your waste.
- Leave a note in your car at the trailhead before you leave with information on where you are going and how long you expect to be camping.
- Once back in Aspen and you need a shower, campers can use the facilities at the Red Brick Recreation Center for $6 each.
- If you’re not confident in going it alone, adventurers can hire Aspen Alpine Guides or Aspen Expeditions for both summer and winter excursions to the 10th Mountain Division, Braun and Friends Hut Systems, or other backcountry outings in the Aspen area and beyond.