Mclain Flats, Starwood and Woody Creek

A small-town mountain community offering an exclusive blend of privacy and rural charm.

Welcome to McLain Flats 

A prestigious residential area offering private living steeped in incredible mountain views
Located 10 minutes west of Downtown Aspen is McLain Flats, a small-town mountain community offering an exclusive blend of privacy and rural charm. What was once wide-open ranchland has grown to become one of the finest and most luxurious residential areas in Aspen, Colorado. McLain Flats’ neighborhoods feature impressively-large, well-manicured lawns with incredible mountain views. Homes offer a sense of seclusion while still being close to Downtown Aspen’s amenities. Many properties feature eco-conscious architecture that accentuates the area’s natural landscape, creating a hybrid living space where modernity meets the outdoors. McLain Flats’ proximity to the Elk Mountains not only provides a wealth of outdoor recreation but also offers a stunning backdrop for ideal rural living. 

What to Love  

  • Spectacular scenery all year round 
  • Relaxed lifestyle in a luxurious, private neighborhood 
  • Proximity to Aspen’s amenities 
  • Room for outdoor recreation

Local Lifestyle 

McLain Flats’ laid-back and relaxed lifestyle fits well with its strong sense of community, where locals know and care for each other. Residents appreciate the beautiful, natural retreat they call home and value its quiet, private residential streets ideal for families, retirees, and professionals looking to get away from metropolitan noise. 
The community features rural and naturalistic charm infused with artistic legacy and rich history — a sought-after combination its residents love.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Living in McLain Flats gives residents easy access to Downtown Aspen's high-end eateries and luxury shopping destinations. For New American cuisine in a chic setting with crystal chandeliers and a grand piano, look no further than Bosq Restaurant. Its menu of mouthwatering entrees and signature cocktails will have you coming back time and time again. 
Indulge in high-quality western apparel at Kemo Sabe Aspen, a boutique store just moments away from McLain Flats. 
Aspen’s five-star luxury hotel, The Little Nell, features high-end amenities, picturesque mountain views, and complimentary services, as well as a variety of fine-dining options. While there, enjoy a private wine tasting, sip on cocktails at Ajax Tavern, or experience culinary wonders at Element 47. 
Clark's Oyster Bar is a must-stop for great drinks and incredible seafood cuisine. For delectable desserts and bread, stop by French Pastry Cafe & More, a local favorite for its wide selection of authentic French fare, including paninis, croissants, and soups. Finally, Woody Creek Tavern, located just below McClain Flats, is a classic tavern with Polaroids on the walls and spice in the air.

Things to Do 

Nearby, Aspen's four snow peaks offer pristine slopes perfect for outdoor winter recreation. Snowboard or ski your way down the mountain for a thrilling day of fun. The Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Mountain, and Snowmass all offer great opportunities for summer recreation, including mountain biking and hiking.
Take a ride through McLain Flats’ easily-accessible Rio Grande Winter Trail. There you’ll enjoy incredible views of Aspen and the Independence Pass. 


The Aspen School District serves the community of McLain Flats. Notable schools in the area include:
  • Aspen Elementary, PK-4
  • Aspen Community Charter School, PK-8

To the west of the Cemetery Lane neighborhood lies a mesa that is an extension of Red Mountain. McLain Flats is lined with large homes with expansive acreages, some of which are working ranches and others that are hobby properties. Just like Starwood above it, McLain Flats has some of the best views of the Elk Mountain Range, Pyramid Peak and all four of Aspen/Snowmass ski areas.

Starwood is a gated community and has an expansive landscape dotted with exclusive properties, and was once home to singer-songwriter John Denver where he drew his inspiration from. Both areas offer rural settings with only being 10 minutes from town.

Just below McLain Flats and Starwood is the funky Woody Creek neighborhood. Its home base, the Woody Creek Tavern located next to a trailer park that’s occupied by longtime locals, is the main attractant to the area.

The second attractant is the modern-day ranch living opportunities in what is the Roaring Fork Valley’s most tranquil settings. The Roaring Fork River runs below the tavern, providing a beautiful and peaceful respite and plenty of fly-fishing opportunities.

Woody Creek has a storied history, as it has drawn musicians such as Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Ibbotson, and John Oates, along with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, the late 60 Minutes anchor Ed Bradley and actor Don Johnson over the decades.


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