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Government Trail

On this trail there are numerous aspen groves, flower filled meadows and scenic mountain range overlooks. Government Trail is difficult due to rocky terrain, stream crossing sections and steep climbs.


6.85 Miles
664' Ascent
1,977' Descent
9,388' High
8,038' Low
100% Sngltrk
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About Government Trail

Government Trail is a difficult singletrack that travels from Snowmass to Buttermilk (or the reverse). Government trail is often compared to its Western continuation, West Government Trail that both offer a long technical ride. Obstacles exist throughout the ride, making it difficult for the average rider. Switchbacks, root ledges and rocks make this trail a legendary ride. A portion of this trail is closed seasonally but will reopen on June 27.






This trail can be accessed by various points on Snowmass ski area. If you would like to ride the entire Government Trail, the start is accessed from the Ditch Trail parking lot with access to the West Government Trail. The recommended connection is from Tom Blake trailhead with a steep ascent up Anaerobic Nightmare or Powerline.

Map Location of Parking Lot

Trail Conditions

Government Trail opens on 06/28/2020

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Rentals & Service

Snowmass Village has everything you need to gear up for cycling. Local shops offer the latest in bike rentals and gear.

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Bike Clinics

Riders of all abilities can take advantage of mountain biking clinics to work on everything from feeling comfortable on two-wheels to fine-tuning downhill freeriding techniques.

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Events & Races

Snowmass Village is a cycling community at the core. Weekly races offer a fantastic way to meet and mingle with local cyclists while giving you the opportunity to challenge yourself to a personal best.

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Travel & Parking

Getting to Snowmass is easy and getting to the trailhead is even easier. Snowmass Village boasts plentiful free parking at multiple locations making it hassle-free to get out of your vehicle and on to your ride.

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