Parking is at a premium in the Aspen area, so Pitkin County and the city of Aspen are joining forces to offer a selection of long and short-term parking options to construction companies and the general public, according to an announcement this week from the county.

From May 1 to Nov. 30, a total of 347 parking spaces will become available to stage oversized construction vehicles and for day use parking. There is free transportation to and from the lot into Aspen, the press release noted.

For a daily fee of $6, vehicles can park at Buttermilk for up to 96 hours or four days at a time. Oversized construction vehicles may be staged at Buttermilk for a day, week, or month until ski season begins. Fees vary from $40 per day up to $3,500 for the entire summer season. 

If there is space available, a portion of the parking lot may also be leased for special events, the release noted.

“Over the years the Buttermilk parking lot has become a dumping ground for large vehicles in various stages abandonment and disrepair. It has also become a makeshift campground for people in RVs in some cases” stated Pitkin County Public Works Director Brian Pettet. 

“We paved the entire lot, cleaned it up, and are now more carefully monitoring its use,” he said.

Day parking at Buttermilk is free for people who are traveling to Aspen for work or recreation, according to the statement.

“There are plenty of free parking places at Buttermilk for transit users or folks accessing Sky Mountain Park for a mountain bike ride,” Pettet said.  

Pitkin County has contracted the city of Aspen’s Parking Department to monitor and enforce parking at Buttermilk. For more, go to www.pitkincounty.com/buttermilkparking or call 970-429-1766.