The trails at North Star - short access corridors (some to the Roaring Fork River) - are relatively smooth and flat, so they make for easy walking. These access points are well-marked and are the only places walking within the Preserve is permitted. These trails include the .57-mile James H. Smith Nature Trail on the southern end of the Preserve. Dogs are not permitted on any of these trails. Human use is limited to the trail corridors and the designated North Star beach. Please do not venture off the Nature Trail and into closed areas.
The gravel East of Aspen Trail runs the length of the Preserve's eastern edge (along Highway 82) and connects the Preserve with downtown Aspen. Leashed dogs are permitted only on the East of Aspen Trail. North Star access points from the East of Aspen Trail onto the property are: the Pedestrian Bridge/Take-out, the Wildlife Viewing Platform, the Beach Access, South Gate, and James H. Smith Nature Trail (see map).
MOOSE ENCOUNTERS / DOGS
Moose are unpredictable and may behave aggressively if they perceive a threat. Moose attacks on humans often involve dogs, as dogs remind moose of wolves. Dogs are not permitted on the Preserve, or on a float down the river through North Star.
If you come upon a moose, keep 100 yards away (the length of a football field). In the event of aggressive moose behavior at North Star, Open Space and Trails may close access to the property. Please obey closure signs.