Woody Creek to Aspen

The Aspen Branch

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GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

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The Rio Grande rail-trail sits atop the former right-of-way. Pictured is the southern end of the trail in Aspen. Photo by Mike Palmer, July 2012.

This branch line was built by the Denver & Rio Grande Western in order to tap silver mines in the area around Aspen; it began at the D&RGW's Tennessee Pass route at Glenwood Springs and was completed in 1887. The line saw significant business in its first few years, but as the silver boom tapered off, traffic along the line declined. Ultimately, the portion of the line south from Woody Creek to its end at Aspen was abandoned in 1968.

This is now a Rails to Trails and goes from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. I did a portion of it a few years ago.

Jon Osborn
Newark, DE


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