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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Short and Long Term Parking Available at Base of Buttermilk this Spring, Summer and Fall


With parking at a premium in the Aspen area, Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are joining forces to offer a selection of long and short-term parking options to construction companies and the general public. From May 1st to November 30th, 347 parking spaces will become available to stage oversized construction vehicles and for day use parking.  There is free transportation to and from the lot into Aspen.

For a daily fee of $6, vehicles can park at Buttermilk for as long as 96 hours or 4 days at a time. Oversized construction vehicles can be staged Buttermilk for a day, week, or month until ski season begins. Fees vary from $40 a day up to $3,500 for the entire summer season. If there is space available, a portion of the parking lot can also be leased for special events.

“Over the years the Buttermilk parking lot has become a dumping ground for large vehicles in various stages abandonment and disrepair. It has also become a makeshift campground for people in RVs in some cases” said Pitkin County Public Works Director, Brian Pettet. “We paved the entire lot, cleaned it up, and are now more carefully monitoring its use”.

Day parking at Buttermilk is free for people who are traveling to Aspen for work or recreation.

“There are plenty of free parking places at Buttermilk for transit users or folks accessing Sky Mountain Park for a mountain bike ride,” Pettet said.  

Pitkin County has contracted the City of Aspen’s Parking Department to monitor and enforce parking at Buttermilk. For more information go to or call 970-429-1766. 

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