SITE VISIT TO KICK OFF PLANNING EFFORTS In 2019, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will begin an update to the Moore Open Space Management Plan. Concurrently, the city of Aspen will create a management plan for the adjacent Marolt-Thomas Open Space. While the planning processes will be separate, the plans will acknowledge the connections and attributes shared by these two, complementary open spaces.
The planning efforts will begin with an on-site public gathering at the open spaces on June 25. More details will be provided here as this date approaches.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND Moore Open Space was the first major open space purchase for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. The fledging open space program acquired the 64.87-acre parcel, on the southwest corner of Hwy. 82 and Maroon Creek Road, in July 1992. A management plan for the property was adopted in 2001 and is due for an update. The 2001 plan is available below.
The county's purchase of the Moore property, combined with the city of Aspen's adjacent, 74-acre Marolt-Thomas Open Space, helps create a scenic buffer of open land along Hwy. 82 at the edge of Aspen.
The two historic ranching properties are linked by a pedestrian bridge and both contain wintertime ski trails that are part of the Aspen-Snowmass Nordic Trail System. Bike/walking trails also cross both properties. The Marolt-Thomas Open Space also features the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, Aspen Community Garden and a paraglider landing zone.