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Maroon Bells near Aspen

Aspen [8] is a ski resort in the state of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States of America. Its little sister is Snowmass Village, which is about 10 miles from downtown Aspen.

Get in

By plane

  • Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, (also known as Sardy Field) (IATA: ASE) (ICAO: KASE)), [9]. Major carriers to Aspen include United, US Airways, Delta Airlines, and Frontier Airlines. ASE is a small airport for small planes only, and traffic tends to stop in any inclement weather. Flying into Denver Airport and driving up to Aspen is more reliable and often cheaper.

By car

The drive to Aspen is about 4 hours from Denver. There are two major routes from Denver - through Glenwood Springs or through Independence Pass. Independence Pass is only open in the summer months, but provides spectacular views and can be a bit faster than the longer route through Glenwood. To take this route, travel south from Copper Mountain exit off I70 through Leadville.

Altitude Sickness
For those prone to altitude sickness, it is recommended that you fly into Denver and spend a day or so getting used to being mile-high and then driving the next 3,500 or so feet up.

Get around

Most major car-rental firms are located in Denver and Aspen airports.

Scheduled and chartered services are available from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport:

  • Black Diamond, Phone: +1 970 261-6509. [10]
  • B-LineXpress, Toll Free: 1-800-423-0929 or Phone +1 970-390-1641. [11]
  • Brio Limo, Phone: +1 970 366-6393. [12]
  • Colorado Mountain Express, Toll Free: 800-525-6363 or Phone: +1 970 926-9800.
  • Rocky Mountain Limousine, "+1 970" 343-0000. [13]
  • High Mountain Taxi/Limousine, Toll Free: 800-528-8294 or Phone: +1 970 925-8294. [14]
  • Lightning Limousine Service, Toll Free: 888-925-7505 or Phone: +1 970 925-7505.
  • Ute City Limousine Limited, Toll Free: 800-754-5466 or Phone: +1 970 925-2674.

Free buses operate within the cities of Aspen and Snowmass Village and many hotels have free shuttle service to and from the airport.

It's all about getting around on skis in the winter and mountain bikes or your own two feet in the summer!


John Denver Park
  • John Denver Park - this Aspen park is a pleasant place to take your dog or your kids for a splash in the creek in summertime. The park is named after the famous Country and Folk singer who resided in Aspen. Lyrics from his most popular songs are inscribed in the creekside boulders. John Denver Park is on the creek trail on the north side of Aspen, near the Rio Grande Ball Field and park at N. Mill St. and Rio Grande Pl.
  • Maroon Bells - a short drive outside of Aspen, the Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed mountain scenes in Colorado. The lake and views of the 14,000 foot peaks are spectacular. In the summer months between 8AM and 5PM, visitors must take a shuttle bus to the Maroon Bells to control traffic. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. There are some short, non-strenuous hikes around the Maroon Bells that vary from 1 mile to 10. People also like to climb the Maroon Bells; however, it is very dangerous and a guide is highly recommended.
  • Independence Pass - In the summer months, this pass is open to vehicular traffic. The drive takes you up to the Continental Divide, and along the way passes some of the most beautiful scenery in the area and a ghost town that is open to visitors.



  • Ski - four ski mountains in the area: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
  • Sleigh rides
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling


  • Mountain bike
  • Hike
  • Golf
  • Gondola rides to the top of Aspen Mountain
  • White water rafting
  • Fly fishing
  • Mine exploration
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Rodeos
  • Paint ball
  • Paragliding
  • Outdoor concerts


  • Belly Up - Small venue hosting some impressive artists, downtown Aspen [15]
  • June Festival - June 22nd - 25th, 2006
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival - September 1st - 4th, 2006, Snowmass Town Park


  • Aspen Golf Club Phone: (970) 925-2145, [16]. Opened in 1980, the 18-hole Aspen course at the Aspen Golf Club facility features 7,165 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Blue grass.
  • Maroon Creek Club Phone: (970) 920-4080 [17]. The 18-hole course at the Maroon Creek Club features 7,100 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 73.6 and it has a slope rating of 140 on Blue grass. The course opened in 1995.
  • Snowmass Club, Phone: +1 970 923-5600, [18]. Ten minutes downvalley in Snowmass Village. The Snowmass Club's new 18-hole, par-72 Snowmass Club Golf Course. The 6,986-yard semi-private course designed by award-winning golf course architect Jim Engh includes a learning center, practice area and new golf clubhouse with Black Saddle Bar & Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar. With five sets of tee boxes at each hole and a truly unique design, golfers of all abilities will enjoy play that is as fun as it is challenging
  • River Valley Ranch Golf Club, Phone: +1 970 963-3625, [19]. Eighteen holes, slope 73.2, rating 125, 7,348 yards. 30 minutes downvalley in Carbondale,River Valley Ranch Golf Club. Good bang for buck.


Downtown Aspen has a plethora of shops for every price budget. The downtown area also has two pedestrian-only streets lined with t-shirt and souvenir shops. Of course, Aspen is a great place to buy ski equipment and clothing with an abundance of ski shops and stores. The city also has an open air market in the summer months.

Snowmass Village also has its own shopping precinct, fitted with numerous candy shops, souvenir shops and ski shops.

Equipment Rental

There are many places in Aspen Snowmass where you can rent all types of equipment including skis and snowboards in the winter and bikes in the summer.

Just a few stores that specialize in equipment rentals:

At some places, you can also book your ski or snowboard rentals online which may save money and time.


  • The Artisan Restaurant in Snowmass in the Stone Bridge Inn has a fresh menu [21] and many off-menu options.
  • Have lunch at Woody Creek Tavern, in "downtown" Woody Creek. This is the former haunt of the late great Hunter S. Thompson. It's about 15 miles from Aspen.
  • Crystal Palace Theatre Restaurant, [22]. Well worth a visit. They serve a gourmet dinner followed by cabaret revue of political satire which is quite a hoot. The Cabaret is fun, even for Dinner Theater Skeptics. Closes forever on April 12th 2008. still open just no show.. only dinner
  • The Pine Creek Cookhouse, 20 minutes south of Aspen on Castle Creek Road, [23]. It is worth the trip down a beautiful valley to the elegant log cabinesque building. Their food is very fresh, on the gourmet side, and not overly expensive. Reservations recommended. Highly recommended to stop in for lunch after a morning hike to one of the many great trails in the area such as Cathedral Lake.
  • The Hickory House, located on the bend towards the entrance to Aspen on Main Street Tourists are often crowded out by the locals, drawn by fabulous barbecue and huge, hearty breakfasts. If you're lucky enough to be in Aspen for Thanksgiving, turn out for annual Hickory House freebie: turkey, with all the trimmings, and all gratis.
  • Ajax Tavern, Base of Aspen Mountain, 970-920-6334. Great apres ski complete with the whos who of Aspen. Fantastic deck perfect for watching skiiers come down the mountain while you enjoy people watching of the rich and famous. Order the Ajax Double Double, the best burger in town.
  • J-Bar, 330 E Main St, (970) 920-1000, [1]. The J-Bar is one of Aspen's favorite watering holes. Located at the luxurious Hotel Jerome
  • Garden Terrace, 330 East Main Street, (970) 920-1000, [2]. The Garden Terrace features a relaxed ambiance and unique cuisine while gazing at the breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain. Located at the Aspen luxury hotel, Hotel Jerome.
  • Jacob's, 330 East Main St, (970) 920-1000, [3]. Jacob’s offers diverse Colorado cuisine with alpine influence that is prepared from wholesome natural ingredients professionally executed from scratch.
  •, Aspen/Snowmass, [4]. Offers grocery delivery to your vacation home or condo in Aspen and Snowmass prior to your arrival.
  • Syzygy 520 E Hyman Ave,(970) 925-3700‎. A trendy, favorite for many visitors.
  • Matsuhisia. Amazing and award winning japanese food along with some of the best sushi in the country.
  • Cache Cache. Excellent french restaurant is the trendy place to see and be seen.
  • Pinions. Expensive, exquisite cuisine popular with celebrities and socialites.
  • Campo De Fiori. Best Italian food in the state and one of the best in the country makes you feel like you're in Italy. Also has a great bar, scene.
  • Mezzaluna. Great Italian-American style food in a trendy establishment. Best place for lunch and late at night.
  • Boogies Diner. centrally located over-priced diner located in an over-priced jeans store.
  • Paradise Bakery. Best ice cream in town, along with amazing baked goods and coffees. Two locations, one in central Aspen and one in central Snowmass.
  • Lulu Wilson.
  • Cloud-9 Bistro. Excellent European food on Aspen Highlands. Very well priced. Perfect for a ski day lunch break. Frequently visited by celebrities.
  • Caribou Club. Insanely expensive and fancy private dining club for snobby locals.



  • Aspen Square, 617 East Cooper Ave, +1 877 538 7389 (), [5]. checkin: 4:00pm; checkout: 10:00am. A full service condominium hotel with sixty-four steps to the Silver Queen Gondola. Around $200. (39.18698,-106.813637)

  • Aspen Meadows Resort 845 Meadows Road, 970.925.4240 [24]. In Aspen's West End and home to the Aspen Institute. The Music Tent is on the hotel's immense 42 acres. Features tennis courts and a health club with unparalleled views and recently refurbished guest rooms.
  • Silvertree Hotel, Phone: +1 970 923-3520, [25]. Downtown Snowmass Village hotel and conference center. Self-contained and central in Snowmass.
  • St. Regis, Phone (970) 920-3300, [26]. Outstanding luxury hotel in the heart of Aspen from which you can directly debark Ajax lifts.
  • Sky Hotel, 709 East Durant Avenue, Phone: +1 970 925-6760, [27].
  • Hotel Jerome, 330 East Main St, (970) 920-1000, [6]. Hotel Jerome, Aspen's crown jewel since 1889, combines elegant accommodations and relaxed ambiance. Located in the heart of Aspen – just steps from the town’s chic galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafés – the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel features 93 richly appointed rooms and suites, several celebrated restaurants and bars, unsurpassed guest services, and easy access to thrilling outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and more.
  • The Gant, 610 West End, Toll free: +1 800 549-0530, [28]. An upscale condominium resort, The Gant offers 2-4 bedroom condominium rentals with a variety of resort features and a convenient location near downtown Aspen.
  • The Little Nell. Extremely over-priced and showy hotel footsteps away from the Aspen Mountain gondola. Very popular with celebrities. also hosts its own lavish restaurant, Montagna.
  • The Mountain Chalet Aspen (The Mountain Chalet), 333 E. Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611 (Please note that Independence Pass is closed between about Halloween and Memorial Day! It’s very time consuming to backtrack from Twin Lakes in the winter, so please check if you are interested in driving this Scenic and Historic Byway. Our guests have free access to our underground parking garage. Use of garage is first come, first served; other guests will receive permits for on-street parking. From the West Exit Interstate 70 at Glenwood Springs. Follow state highway 82 south about 40 miles to Aspen. Approaching Aspen, you’ll pass our airport, Buttermilk Ski Mountain, and golf courses on each side of the highway. Continue on through the Roundabout into Aspen proper. Coming along the straight stretch of Main Street, turn right at the first stoplight: Aspen Street. If you miss it, you may also turn right at Monarch Street. Go four blocks and turn left on Durant Avenue. The Mountain Chalet Aspen will be on your right side in the second block. Park at the front door, come in and we’ll help you get settled in! From the East In winter, exit Interstate 70 at Glenwood Springs. Follow state highway 82 south about 40 miles to Aspen. Approaching Aspen, you’ll pass our airport, Buttermilk ski mountain, and golf courses on each side of the highway. Continue on through the Roundabout into Aspen proper. Coming along the straight stretch of Main Street, turn right at the first stoplight: Aspen Street. If you miss it, you may also turn right at Monarch Street. Go four blocks and turn left on Durant Avenue. The Mountain Chalet Aspen will be on your right side in the second block. Park at the front door, come in and we’ll be happy to meet you. In summer, you may exit Interstate 70 at number 195 to Copper Mountain. Follow state highway 91 south about 23 miles to Leadville. This highway joins highway 24 in Leadville. Follow the signs through Leadville. You’ll see signs for Buena Vista and Salida but you will turn right about 15 miles further. Here you will meet highway 82 which will bring you up over the Continental Divide through fabulous scenery on winding, narrow roads. Please consult if you are unsure about weather conditions or driving in the mountains. Approaching Aspen, you’ll finally come to a stop sign near the town center. Turn left here on Original Street, go one block to Durant Avenue, and turn right. After the fourth block, you’ll see the Mountain Chalet Aspen at the corner of Mill Street and Durant Avenue. Come in and begin your visit!), 970-925-7797, [7]. The Mountain Chalet is one of the few remaining old-time ski lodges in Aspen. We proudly offer a comfortable visit at a good value. Since 1954 when Ralph Melville opened his dream lodge right downtown between the two ski lifts, the Melville family has happily served Aspen visitors. Indeed, when you stay with us, you will meet Ralph, Marian and probably some of their many children, grandchildren, or dogs. In contrast with Aspen’s elite properties, the owners and staff of the Mountain Chalet focus on a casual, friendly environment which allows guests to interact with each other in our cozy lobby and at our breakfast joiner tables. Our extensive amenities, central location, and comfortable beds will make your stay very enjoyable. We gladly serve the budget-minded traveler as well as those preferring nicer accommodations in a family-style hotel. We think you’ll have a great stay! from $70 - $440.

Home/Condo Rentals

  • Aspen Land & Homes, 315 S. Galena, Phone: +1 800 695-3955, [29] Offering a wide selection of homes, townhomes and condominiums for nightly, weekly or long term rental.
  • Destination Resorts Snowmass, PO Box 5629, Snowmass Village, Phone: 800-961-9088, [30]. The 2nd largest ski resort in Colorado is located 9 miles from downtown Aspen. This four- season luxury resort features condominium rentals, ski-in/ski-out accommodations, ski services, fine dining options, and meeting and wedding facilities.
  • The Ritz Carlton Club. Private fractional-ownership condominiums nestled at the footsteps of Aspen Highlands ski hill.

Get out

Glenwood Springs - Home to a quaint, historic downtown and the largest hotspring pool in the USA.

Denver - A 4 hour drive, Denver is Colorado's capital and largest city. Denver boasts historic buildings and modernistic skyscrapers, abundant shopping and incredible dining. Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, Denver has some of the best views a city can have. It is also home to one of the last downtown amusement parks, Elitch Gardens.

Colorado is home to over 70 wineries and its own indigenous vineyards. Wine lovers can enjoy several scenic day trips from Aspen to many of the small towns that are a part of Colorado's Wine Country. These lovely little communities include Montrose, Palisade, Paonia and Hotchkiss, as well as the city of Grand Junction.

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