Located between Highway 82 and the eastern flank of Aspen Mountain, southeast of Aspen, the North Star Preserve encompasses a stretch of the Roaring Fork River, wetlands, and significant wildlife habitat.
Conversations about protecting the North Star Preserve date back to 1967, between the last private owner and the Parks Association, precusor to Aspen Valley Land Trust.
Pitkin County acquired the property in 1978 and conserved the 175-acre preserve to Aspen Valley Land Trust in 2002. Pitkin County and AVLT partnered to protect and care for the natural, ecological, recreational, and scenic features of North Star. As partners, Pitkin County and AVLT determined best uses of the property to protect these values.
Land west of the Roaring Fork River is protected for wildlife, while land east of the river is open to the community. Management plans for North Star Preserve are updated every five years to continue best caring for this community treasure that will be protected forever.
Aspen Valley Land Trust is dedicated to protecting land forever in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. For more than 50 years, AVLT has been a trusted community-supported conservation partner helping to ensure the natural and community health of our region.