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Everything You Need To Know About Parking Your Car in Aspen, Colorado

Posted: 20 Nov 2013

There are multiple ways to get around Aspen once you're here. The public bus system, the Downtowner, and the WeCycle bike program are all great options for getting where you need to go without the hassle of a car. But we know it's not always practical to not have a car. If you're driving from out of town or have plans once you're here to explore some harder to get to places, having a car is helpful. Every Frias Properties unit comes with a parking pass for parking while you're home, but parking in town, or parking for guests, can be hard to navigate. So we've put together a handy guide to help.

Downtown Parking

Downtown parking is limited to a maximum of four hours. Pay stations are located on every block and accept credit cards, tokens, and change (no dollar bills). Parking tokens are available at businesses that display token decals on their windows. After receiving payment, the pay station will provide a receipt to be displayed face-up on the driver's side of your dashboard. You can also pay with your phone either via a phone call or a signing up for a website.

The Downtown metered spaces are enforced Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and city holidays are free.

Mobile phone payment is accepted with:

  • PaybyPhone.com: 866-234-7255
  • WaytoPark.com: 970-300-4009
    • Downtown location code - 2400
    • Residential location code - 2401
    • *Free 15 Minutes- 2514
    • *15 Minute parking for $0.50-2515
    • *30 Minute parking for $1.00-2516

* can only be used once a day

Rates for parking in town -- as of June 2018 and are subject to change -- are as follows:

  • 10:0 AM - 10:59 AM -- $4.00 per hour
  • 11:00 AM - 2:59 PM -- $6.00 per hour
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. -- $4.00 per hour

Residential Parking

2-Hour Free Parking is available. Drivers may park for free in any signed residential area for a maximum of two hours daily. Many lodges provide guests with permits that provide an exemption from the 2-hour limit.

Residential parking is enforced Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (2 hours free for a maximum of two hours daily).

Residential Day Passes - Day Passes allow a vehicle to park in the residential areas for an entire day for $8.00. Day passes may be purchased with a credit card from the residential parking meters located on each block. Pay by phone is also available using location code 2401 (see Downtown, above). You may also purchase a day pass at one of the following locations:

  • Aspen Parking Department, 540 E. Main St.
  • Airport Parking Kiosk
  • Rio Grande Parking Plaza
  • Wheeler Opera House Visitor's Center
  • City Market locations

Rio Grande Parking Plaza

The Rio Grande Parking Plaza is located at 427 Rio Grande Place and offers 24-hour covered parking. Parking in the Plaza can be purchased by the hour or day. Ten visit and monthly passes are available. Pay stations inside the parking plaza accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

The garage has short-term and day parking. Rates are as follows:

  • 0-1 Hours $1.50
  • 1-2 Hours $3
  • 2-3 Hours $4.50
  • 3-24 Hours $10 Daily Max

Garage Pass Options

  • Monthly pass $200
  • Business pass $125
  • 10 visit pass $50
  • 5 visit pass $25

Carpool Options

Carpools of two or more adults may pick up a daily carpool permit at the Airport Parking Information Kiosk, allowing for free parking in designated carpool or residential spaces in Aspen.