In addition to managing an 18,000 state-of-the-art recreation center, the department is responsible for the town's world-class trails system that consists of a network of more than 40 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
The Town of Snowmass Village (Snowmass Village or the Town) is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado nestled high within the Brush Creek Valley. The community is strongly associated with the world-class Snowmass Ski Area operated by the Aspen Skiing Company and has had a strong recreational identity since its incorporation in 1977. Encompassing 25-square-miles, the Town boasts superior recreational opportunities, spanning everything from organized group sports to remote wilderness experiences to authentic weekly summer rodeos.
In addition to recreation, Snowmass Village's natural setting is a key feature of the community, and a core reason for choosing to locate here. Mountains surround the community, including Burnt Mountain Ridge, Burnt Mountain, Baldy Mountain, Chapel Peak, Garret Peak, Clark Peak, Mount Daly, and Capitol Peak. Owl Creek and Brush Creek converge within the Town and then flow north into the Roaring Fork River. The geology and vegetation in the Town ranges from high desert to high alpine environments, and the expanses of exposed grey bedrock help inform the identity of the community. On south-facing slopes, the alkaline soil that develops from the Mancos Shale supports Gambel oak, sagebrush, serviceberry, and chokecherry. The north-facing slopes feature aspen, subalpine fir, Douglas fir, Engelmann spruce, and blue spruce. Wildlife is plentiful throughout the Brush Creek Valley, and include black bear, elk, moose, mule deer, porcupine, raccoon, coyote, beaver, skunk, badger, bobcat, mountain lion and red fox, among others.
Town owned recreational resources are managed by the Town of Snowmass Village Parks, Recreation and Trails Department, which houses a staff of 24 employees.
The mission of the Town of Snowmass Village Parks, Recreation and Trails Department is to "Provide safe, expertly managed recreation programs and facilities that promote community cohesion, physical fitness, as well as family and individual well-being."