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Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

About Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is one of Colorado’s top ski resort towns and year-round outdoor recreation destinations. It’s pretty tough to beat having four ski areas in the immediate area: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.  Summer activities like hiking, rafting, mountain biking, fishing, and climbing are all close at hand. It’s known for its expensive homes, high-end restaurants, and pampering hotels. One of its most famous landmarks is the Wheeler Opera House, which was constructed in 1889 during the area’s silver mining boom.

Aspen is located in a relatively remote area of the Rocky Mountains between the famed Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains.   The Maroon Bells, easily some of Colorado’s most photographed mountains, tower above the area. The Roaring Fork River slices through the 8,000’ valley where Aspen rests.

Founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom, it was named “Aspen” because of the numerous aspen trees in the area. Aspen was a hustling little town throughout the 1880s. However, the Panic of 1893 led to a collapse in the silver prices, and Aspen slowly went into decline. By 1930, fewer than a thousand people were left.

In 1946, Aspen Mountain was developed into a ski resort, and Walter Paepcke bought many properties in the city and redeveloped them. Today, Aspen is representative of everything people think about when they think about Colorado. In part, this notoriety is owed to folks like Hunter S. Thompson and John Denver who fell in love with its charm and beauty and spent significant time there. Both popularized Aspen among countercultural youth during the 70s.

Nearby Towns

  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Basalt, CO
  • Carbondale, CO
  • Snowmass, CO

Places to See, Eat, and Stay in Aspen, Colorado (articles from the blog)

Snowmass Lake Hike

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Map of Aspen, Colorado

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