Ahhh, Aspen, where do we start? The name alone conjures images of majestic mountains, outdoor adventure, healthy living, divine dining, music festivals, and exceptional shopping. To the world, Aspen means, “The Good Life.” And yes, our town has everything the good life has to offer. But we have even more. Aspen’s got soul.
It is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture, but still maintains enough small-town charm for year round residents to call it home. Aspen truly is a unique diamond nestled in the rough of the Rocky Mountains that has a knack for bringing big city features to you in a way that defies ordinary.
Silver Queen Gondola > Travels 2.5 miles and more than 3,000 vertical feet from the heart of Aspen to the 11,212-foot summit of Aspen Mountain. At the top, bask in the spectacular panoramic views of Aspen and the Elk Mountain Range and take in the many activities that the high altitude has to offer: dine at the Sundeck, take a free mountain-orientation tour with an ambassador, or step up your technique with Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. 800-525-6200, aspensnowmass.com
Aspen Art Museum > The Aspen Art Museum is open year-round and presents the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Admission to the AAM is FREE courtesy of John and Amy Phelan. 970-925-8050, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maroon Bells > Among the most-photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells are one of Aspen/Snowmass’ grand attractions and can be reached by guided snowmobile tours in the winter.
Snowshoeing > Enjoy a two-hour snowshoe adventure led by a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on top of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Ashcroft daily. 970-925-5756
ACES Guided Nature Walks > Learn about the native trees, birds, and animals that thrive in the high-alpine environment on a naturalist-guided tour on Aspen Mountain. 970-925-5756
Aspen Historical Society > Explore Aspen's colorful past with guided tours of two museums, two ghost towns, archives and more. 970-925-3721
Independence and Ashcroft Ghost Towns > Aspen/Snowmass' real heritage can be experienced touring the ghost towns of Independence and Ashcroft, where weathered cabins have stood their ground for more than a century. A "resident ghost" leads tours and shares stories about the towns' histories.
Maroon Bells > Among the most photographed peaks in North America. Can be reached by bus throughout the summer. 970-925-8484
Wheeler Opera House > One of Aspen's most prominent landmarks, Wheeler Opera House hosts a number of events every year. Festivals, concerts, comedy and film, Wheeler Opera House has something for everyone. 970-920-5770
Independence Pass > Open during the summer, Independence Pass allows visitors to travel from Aspen to Leadville. Stop at the scenic overlook and take in the beautiful high alpine environment.