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Aspen

  • Aspen

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Aspen is a resort town located in Colorado and is situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains.  Aspen is surrounded by mountains and wilderness areas on three sides making it a destination for year round activities! Visitors can hike, climb, ski, cross-country ski, enjoy rafting, kayaking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, and more.

Weather in Aspen is usually from 22-30 degrees Fahrenheit, in the winter, and from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit during summer. Aspen is mainly known for its winter activities, like Buttermilk Mountain, home of the Aspen X games, is a kids’ and beginners paradise. Aspen Highlands boasts the legendary Highland Bowl, and Snowmass offers the largest acreage and diversity by having something for everyone. Aspen’s beautiful scenery and open space also lends itself well to other types of winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, fly-fishing and even hot-air ballooning.

Hike to Conundrum Hot Springs: For families, try to go during the weekdays since this hidden gem is populated by college students and nude bathers over the weekend.

Hike or Snowshoe Castle Creek(Year round)(Intermediate): Snowshoeing Castle Creek is a very calming. You can also discover the 150 year old Ashcroft ghost town. At the round-a-bout that leads into the town of Aspen, take the Castle Creek Road exit. Follow this road for 12 miles until you get to the ghost town of Ashcroft. You can get amazing views of the West Elk Mountain.

Hike Grottos Trail(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): This is a very easy 1 mile loop but is also an adventurous hike. During the winter you can explore ice caves and waterfalls and forests year round. The hike starts just nine miles east of Aspen on Highway 82. The Grottos near Aspen were formed by rushing water of the Roaring Fork River making it a great place to explore with the family.

Hike Aspen’s Ute Trail(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): Aspen’s Ute Trail is a short 2 mile hike but the steep trail offers hikers a great workout. It’s a nice shady trail with ascending switchbacks. Hikers can get a great view of the surrounding city and enjoy a nice fresh breeze.

Summit Castle and Conundrum Peaks(Year-round)(Intermediate): One of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain ranges. A chance to get away from the crowds at the nearby Maroon Bells. This hike is a 14.5 mile round trip with a 4,850 foot elevation gain. To get to the trailhead start the trek up to Castle and Conundrum. The first step, however, is always go to the end of Castle Creek Road just outside of Aspen, CO. When the paved road ends, there is parking available right off the road for those who don’t wish to drive further.

Ski or Snowshoe to the Maroon Bells(Winter)(Intermediate): The mountain on this trip make for a beautiful 12 mile out-and-back trail and since the trail is not crowded you can enjoy the trip with peace and quiet. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with pine trees all around lightly covered in snow it is a winter wonderland.

Explore Aspen’s Foliage Along Government Trail(Fall)(Intermediate): Aspen’s foliage allows hikers to explore a scenic stroll through the woods from Aspen to Snowmass. The trees are most beautiful in the fall but this area can be explored  year round. It’s a total of 10 miles point-to-point but hikers can decide when it’s time turn back.

Hike to Crater Lake(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): Hike to Crater Lake is only a 3.6 round trip hike. In the fall, the trail goes through a beautiful Aspen grove that ends at the Lake, which is at the bottom of the famous and awe-inspiring Maroon Bells. The Crater Lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and breaks off from the scenic trail; be sure to follow the signs for Crater Lake which head into the valley.
Climb North Maroon Peak(Summer-Fall)(Advanced): This is one of the most iconic Maroon Bells in Aspen. It has a 4,500 foot elevation gain and is a round trip of 9.25 miles with class 3 and class 4 climbing sections. It offers breathtaking views from above of the valley and surrounding mountains. This is a great hike and climb for the adventurer.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Trails, Photography, Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snow Tubing, Snowshoeing, Hot Springs, Springs

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

The closest international airport to Aspen is the Denver International airport located northwest of Aspen. The trip from the airport to Aspen is a 3 hour and a half drive.
How long should I stay? There are so many activities in Aspen so expect a stay of 1 week or longer.

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Rare ski-in, ski-out condo in Aspen's core. Stay in the center of town with short walk to all activity. South facing top floor unit with spectacular mountain views. 1700sf unit, 2 private entrances, vaulted 25' ceilings, 3bd + loft, 3ba, wood fire...

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$750/night
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3
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2
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6

Ritz Carlton Club - 3bed/3bath - Ski-in/ski-out In The Heart Of Aspen Highlands

This full service facility is located right at the base of the Aspen Highlands ski area with true ski-in, ski-out access that is just minutes from the excitement of downtown Aspen. Meet with friends for a wine tasting in the Members' Lounge or rel...

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$878/night
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Cozy, quiet, perfectly located 2BR

Stop looking we have a nice 2BR Available March 1st! Great Location! Cozy, quiet, perfectly located 2BR 1.5 BA close to the Aspen Gondola and City Market, $650 per night. Available March 1st, 2015. King bed, Queen bed, plus a pull out couch, can a...

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$550/night
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Spacious one bedroom condominium with views of Aspen Mountain

This condo is situated just two blocks from Aspens core. You can walk to everything while still having a quiet location. It is on the second floor and has a balcony with views of Aspen Mountain. It is a large one bedroom with plenty of space for a...

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$315/night
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Cozy Aspen condo, walking distance to everything

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$257/night
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979 Queen Street: 4 BR / 3 BA home in Aspen, Sleeps 8

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$438/night
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Complete renovation-new to rental. Contemporary and open with Siematic cabinets

Unit has been completely renovated, with everything new. Sound insulation, Bosch appliances, Siematic cabinetry and high end touches throughout. Extensive LED lighting, lutron shades and original contemporary art throughout. This is truly one of t...

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$868/night
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BEST SKI IN-SKI OUT TO SILVER QUEEN GONDOLA

The Durant Condominiums recently completed a $10 Million renovation! The LOCATION of this condo is SECOND TO NONE!! Walk out the door and ski down "ski path" to the Silver Queen Gondola at the base of Little Nell. Take a 3 minute stroll into town ...

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$921/night
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Cozy Quite Private Aspen Studio

Rating: 5/5 (5reviews)

Cozy quiet private lock out efficiancy studio located in Aspen. Great location with a beautiful 10 minute walk to downtown. Surrounded by trails for your hiking pleasure. Free public transportation 2 blocks away. ...

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Heart of Aspen - Private 1 BR W/ Pool on Roaring Fork River

Rating: 5/5 (12reviews)

Rejuvenate and unwind. Wonderfully relaxing, “mountain style,” spacious 1 bedroom condo located directly on the beautiful Roaring Fork River located just a few blocks from the main Gondola in the heart of downtown Aspen, CO. A calm respite, a pl...

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$286/night
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Hyatt Grand Aspen Luxury at 40-70% Discounted Owner Pricing!

Rating: 5/5 (2reviews)

This unit is a Sunday-to-Sunday rental. Please feel free to use the "REQUEST TO BOOK" function if you are looking to book a Sunday-to-Sunday stay. Depending upon the time of year, I may be able to accommodate a shorter stay as long as all nights f...

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$400/night
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Cozy 3 bedroom with mountain views only 1.5 blocks, Aspen Club passes included.Dur202-B

Rating: 5/5 (7reviews)

This cozy 3-bedroom, 2-bath economy condominium features mountain views and is only two blocks from the Silver Queen Gondola and even closer to downtown Aspen. Amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood-burning fireplace in the main l...

Price (avg)
$810/night
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3
Bathroom
2
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6

Dec 8-12 & February Dates Available! - GREAT LOCATION! Queen, Single and Couch!

Rating: 5/5 (32reviews)

Cozy and comfortable this garden level condominium is located at the top of South Mill Street and is a block from the Gondola and Lift 1A. Ruby Park Transportaton Center is just down the street!. Aspen looks beautiful both summer and winter and th...

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$350/night
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1
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2
Sleeps
4

Heart of Aspen Studio, Sleeps up to 4 guests. Walking distance to the slopes

Rating: 5/5 (11reviews)

You will feel right at home in Aspen in your fully furnished studio condo, very conveniently located in the heart of downtown Aspen (walking distance to everything)! No car is needed but we offer first come first serve parking at the complex just ...

Price (avg)
$255/night
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Hyatt Grand Aspen Luxury at 40-70% Discounted Owner Pricing!

Rating: 5/5 (21reviews)

This unit is a Sunday-to-Sunday rental. Please feel free to use the "REQUEST TO BOOK" function if you are looking to book a Sunday-to-Sunday stay. Depending upon the time of year, I may be able to accommodate a shorter stay as long as all nights f...

Price (avg)
$600/night
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Bathroom
1
Sleeps
4

Renovated In Town House, Walk Everywhere, Hot Tub, Yard, Parking, Grill

Rating: 5/5 (8reviews)

Le Petit Chateau--IN TOWN, Walk everywhere. No need for a car! Aspen Free Ski Shuttle (everyone including luxury hotel guest use the shuttle) 1/2 block. Charming, Bright updated 2/2 with bonus sleeping lofts! Fantastic location for Winter and ...

Price (avg)
$629/night
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2
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Cozy Ski-in Mountainside Studio w/Free wifi and Hot Tub Great Location

Rating: 5/5 (2reviews)

305A Fifth Avenue Condos - a SkyRun Aspen Property - Charming, warm chalet Style studio - Located On Aspen Mountain - Ski-in Ski-out with a hot tub! Cozy up to the mountain in this Euro-chique chalet style studio. Ideally located to explor...

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$215/night
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Contemporary Luxury Town Home, Walking Distance to Downtown Aspen! FALL SPECIAL!

Rating: 5/5 (4reviews)

This beautifully appointed, new townhome with modern furnishings and decor, vibrant artwork and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen is ideal for a luxurious mountain retreat for couples or families! Centrally located near world class skiing, Gold Med...

Price (avg)
$581/night
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Deluxe Ski-in Ski-Out Aspen Townhouse

Rating: 5/5 (23reviews)

Deluxe Aspen Townhouse with views of Aspen and Red Mountains. Five bedrooms all with private baths, plus an additional powder room, for your privacy and convenience. Perfect in town location at the base of Ajax with easy access to Lift lA and the ...

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$900/night
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Sutton House- 3 bedroom, ski-in ski-out, walk to everything, newly remodeled

Rating: 4/5 (9reviews)

More than 1400 square feet, this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, ski-in ski-out condominium located at the base of Aspen Mountain won't disappoint. Relax after a day of skiing or hiking with a wood burning fireplace or the heated pool and hot tub-...

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$795/night
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Additional Logding Options

Sky Hotel (709 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website:http://www.theskyhotel.com/?&utm_source=Google%20My%20Business&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=GMB&utm_term=sky
Phone: (970) 925-6760

Limelight Hotel (355 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: http://limelighthotel.com
Phone: (970) 925-3025

Viceroy Snowmass (130 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615)
Website: http://viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass
Phone: (970) 923-8000

Dining

Ajax Tavern (The Little Nell, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: http://ajaxtavernaspen.com
Phone: (970) 920-6334

Jimmy’s (205 S Mill St #2, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: jttp://jimmysaspen.com
Phone: (970) 925-6020

Venga Venga Cantina & Bar (105 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615)
Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/vengavenga/
Phone: (970) 923-7777

Tours

Elk Mountain Expeditions (550 S Riverside Ave #2, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: http://www.raftinginaspen.com/
Phone: 1-970-456-6287

Blazing Adventures Aspen (555 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: http://www.blazingadventures.com/
Phone: (970)923-4544

Basalt Bike & Ski -Aspen (400 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611)
Website: http://www.basaltbikeandski.com/
Phone: (970)925-7662

Aspen Carriage & Sleigh Day Tours (1650 Ute Avenue, Aspen, CO 81612)
Website: http://www.aspencarriage.com/
Phone: (970)925-3394

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