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Aspen, CO

The town of Aspen, CO is a favorite destination for its landmarks, such as the Maroon Bells, lively nightlife and restaurant scene, and outdoor recreation. You’ll find this little slice of heaven about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Denver, but it’s well worth the trip. You will find some of the best adventure, scenery, dining, skiing, and shopping in this great little town.

Just about 60 miles from Aspen, you’ll find the town of Buena Vista, the home of our Mountaintop Zipline Course, via ferrata, rafting trips, and much more. You can drive in for the day, or you can spend days adventuring along the Arkansas River at the base of the Collegiate Peaks.

Lodging in Aspen

Looking for the perfect place to stay on your Aspen vacation?  Accommodations range from slopeside condos to cozy cabins to a variety of hotels. Whether you want to be close to the bustle of downtown, tucked away in the surrounding wilderness, or right on the slopes, there’s sure to be the perfect lodging option for your needs and your budget!  Aspen Resort is divided into four different mountains, which means you also have numerous villages to choose from.  Consider staying right in the town of Aspen, or venture further out to Snowmass Village and the surrounding areas.  No matter where you stay, you’ll find a multitude of outdoor activities, quality restaurants, shops, and more.


    With a location just three blocks from downtown Aspen, the Molly Gibson Lodge is just a stone’s throw away from many of Aspen’s fine establishments. Enjoy a dip in the heated pool, open year round. Take in the views of the majestic Rocky Mountains which are draped behind the Molly Gibson Lodge. Free shuttles to the airport and slopes, free internet, and a free continental breakfast are just a few of the amenities to this historic hotel. A variety of rooms and rates are available daily, so the Molly Gibson Lodge has something for everyone!

    970-513-0300 | VISIT SITE


    Centrally located at 311 Main St. in Aspen, the Aspen Mountain Lodge has a variety of rooms ranging from the most basic Garden level rooms to the most luxurious Deluxe rooms. The Aspen Mountain Lodge offers year-round continental breakfast as well as wine and cheese après during the ski season. Quaint and cozy, the Aspen Mountain Lodge is located right on the bus line but also within walking distance to the many attractions Aspen has to offer.

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    The Limelight Hotel is a 126 room establishment that was recently renovated to update the Limelight Hotel with modern day amenities. A popular night club and theater in the 1950’s, the Limelight Hotel, much like the town of Aspen, has evolved with the changing times to become a luxurious hotel located within steps to many of Aspen’s famed attractions. Complimentary shuttles, as well as complimentary cruiser bikes are available to help guests of the Limelight Hotel easily move about the town. The hotel is home to the Limelight Lounge, a popular hangout amongst tourists and residents alike, which offers a full bar and dining menu. Outdoor pools and hot tubs, ski lockers and valets, continental breakfast and rooftop terraces are just a few of the amenities you will experience while enjoying a stay at the Limelight Hotel.

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    Located right in the heart of Aspen, the Mountain Chalet provides modern amenities while continuing to provide an old-time ski chalet ambiance. Founded in 1954, the Mountain Chalet continues to provide a friendly and casual atmosphere just blocks from the Silver Queen Gondola. Whether you’re visiting with family, planning a corporate conference, or enjoying a long weekend with friends, you’ll find everything you need for a great stay. Accommodations range from simple bunks for those on a budget, to various sizes of hotel rooms all the way up to full furnished apartments.

    970-925-7797 | VISIT SITE


    Located right on Main St. in historic downtown Aspen, Hotel Jerome has been serving visitors to Aspen since the late 1800’s. Recently recognized as one of Trip Advisors “top 10 hotels in the world”, the Hotel Jerome offers guests many lavish accommodations in every room such as LCD televisions, Ipads, walk-in showers, and more! Home to the famous J-Bar, be sure to check out the Hotel Jerome’s signature drink, the Aspen Crud. With its central location on Main St, the Hotel Jerome is within walking distance to many of Aspen’s premier shops, restaurants and nightlife.

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Hiking in Aspen

Aspen, CO is home to the famous landmark Maroon Bells, a great day hike just outside of town. However, this mountain community is home to a number of other great trails for the beginner and experienced hiker.

  • Ute Trail (Aspen)

    It takes a bit of work, but the fantastic view from this rocky promontory is your well earned reward. The Ute Trail in Aspen is very steep and heavily used. Some Aspenites ascend the trail daily to condition themselves. The view of Aspen from the rocky promontory at the high point of the trail is a generous reward for the persistent hiker. Despite the proximity of people, there have been several reported sightings of bears along this trail. That fact (plus the trail’s steepness) makes this hike not suitable for dogs or for children. Some people elect to ride the Silver Queen Gondola up Aspen Mountain (operating weekends in May and September, and daily from June through August) and then take one of several trails back down to the valley (including connections to the Ute Trail.) Stop by the gondola office for information and a trail map. Keep in mind though that it is 3,000+ feet of knee-crunching downhill from the 11,212-foot gondola terminus to town.

  • Snowmass Village Nature Trail

    This gentle little trail loop has “take the kids” written all over it. Meandering easily up toward Divide Road and the high country west of Snowmass Village, the hike offers up wildflowers to identify, the ruins of a miner’s cabin to explore, and a creek to splash in. Anyone with a hankering for wilderness on a small-scale will enjoy this jaunt.

  • Rio Grande Trail West

    The volatile Roaring Fork River dominates the first part of this easy, relatively flat hike, thundering through a gray-rock canyon where whitewater rushes past sun-baked rocks and feeds cool, inviting pools. As the trail climbs away from the river, the environment becomes arid. Scrub clings to the hillsides above the wide track; the air gets noticeably hotter; and the cyclists that share the trail with hikers get grumpier. Then, around the proverbial next bend, water appears to bleed from the rock overhanging the route. Cascading gently into a pool alongside the trail, and streaking the hillside with mineral color and lichen, the little waterfall makes for a delightful turnaround point.

Dining in Aspen

With well over 100 restaurants in Aspen, there is no shortage of variety.  You can find almost any cuisine that you’re craving and with ambiance from white linen dining to dive bars.  Whether you’re seeking a quick snack after a day of activities or planning a long dinner with friends, you’re sure to find an Aspen restaurant that will meet your needs.

  • White House Tavern

    Located just off Main Street, Aspen is the White House Tavern. The small home, built in 1883, is one of the oldest buildings in town, but its kitchen still packs a lot of flavor.  The White House Tavern has short menu of classic sandwiches, salads, and snacks, and a large selection of beverages, making it a favorite for apres ski in the winter months.

    970-925-1007 | VISIT SITE

  • Pyramid Bistro

    If you want to eat healthy without cleaning out your wallet be sure to check out Pyramid Bistro.  This awesome little bistro is located upstairs from Explore booksellers and has some of the healthiest food in Aspen.  Chef and owner Martin Oswald has designed the menu to pack as much nutrition as possible into each meal so when you leave both your stomach and your wallet are satisfied.

    970-925-5338 | VISIT SITE

  • 520 Grill

    A longtime locals' favorite, 520 Grill is Aspen’s roadside diner.  Located downtown, just steps from the gondola, 520 Grill prides itself on delivering delicious, homemade food at affordable prices.  Try one of their delicious burgers, savory sandwiches, or their famous Hot Digger Dogs.

    970-925-9788 | VISIT SITE

  • The Wild Fig

    Known for impeccable service and top-notch Mediterranean cuisine, The Wild Fig offers dishes inspired by the coasts of Greece, Italy, France and Spain.  It's one of Aspen's hottest dining spots and the town's only brasserie.

    970-925-5160 | VISIT SITE

Shopping in Aspen

  • Blue Phoenix

    Blue Phoenix is a great local shop located right in the heart of Aspen. Be sure to check out their collection of sterling silver jewelry as well as their selection of leather handbags. Blue phoenix also has a nice line of clothing and belts.

  • Ute Mountaineer Shop

    The Ute Mountaineer is the local's and visitor's choice when coming to the Aspen/Snowmass area. When we're not in the store we are usually out having fun in the backcountry using what we sell. We take great pride in helping our customers select the right gear for their needs and product knowledge is a key element. Our trips in Aspen's backcountry and beyond give us a good understanding of what products are best. You choose- hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, running, mountaineering, telemark skiing, alpine touring, cross country skiing, we know it , we use it and we supply the gear for it. The quality of the gear we carry is surpassed only by the commitment we make to our customers. "It's because we love what we do"

  • Aspen Highlands Village

    Welcome to Aspen Highlands Village, your mountain escape, and gateway to the Maroon Bells. Nestled at the base of Aspen Highlands ski-area just three miles from downtown Aspen, you'll find our Village home to art galleries, casual to gourmet dining, professionals, and sporting goods stores. Known as the local's mountain, Highlands' embraces a maverick and adventurous spirit that is reflected in our shops, restaurants, people, and events.

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