Meyer Ranch is a wonderful place for year round mountain endurance training including great snowshoe running opportunities in the winter. With the entire park located on the north slope of the mountains, the trail remains snow packed until spring once winter begins. The park provides four miles of trail with steady steep inclines and descents, beautiful lodgepole pine forest and majestic aspen stands with the look and feel of the back country wilderness, and great views of the town of Aspen Park and Mount Evans off to the west. There is also a great snow packed sledding hill for the kids near the base of the trail system, and a shelter with a picnic table for summer family recreation. Dogs are allowed on the trails and baggies are available for picking up after their little accidents.
To get to Meyer Ranch, take Highway 285 towards Aspen Park and Conifer. Take the North Turkey Creek Road exit just northeast of Aspen Park and the parking lot is immediately on the right. Find a parking spot and head up the road to the edge of the pines where the trails begin.
The trail map is on a billboard to help visitors to find a route to match with skills and physical conditioning. The park has four trails, the Owl Perch Trail, the Lodge Pole Loop, the Sunny Aspen Trail and the Old Ski Run Trail. All trails are loops each one at successively higher elevation with the Old Ski Run Trail being the highest and most scenic. Great views of Mount Evans and the northern front range are available from there.
Meyer Ranch is a beautiful park and a wonderful place to get away from the city for a few hours, well worth the short drive to Aspen Park. Be sure to stop and recharge with cup of coffee and a breakfast roll at the peaceful Aspen Perk Cafe before starting your run or beginning the drive back down to the city.