Aspen is among the chief winter and mountain travel hotspots in the United States. If you're hankering for an escape into the fresh wilderness in Colorado, then this little locality might be the ideal place for just that!
It's famous for its Maroon Bells triple-top mountains, the beautiful scenic landscapes around, fresh, almost untouched forests. The area is an excellent place for skiing and other winter sports, but also for hiking and tekking during the warmer months.
Aspen is situated the western part of Colorado, in the renowned Rocky Mountains.
Population: 6658 (in 2010)
Local language(s): English
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: Colorado, USA
Voltage info: 110/120 V, 60 Hz - Plug type: A, B
Time zine: MST (UTC-7)
Getting There & Away
Fly in to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, also called Sardy Field Airport.
Or, fly to Denver and from there, take a bus or rental car to Aspen.
Drive from Denver either through Glenwood Springs or through Independence Pass (only open during the summer).
See & Do
John Denver Park
A unique green park with scattered rocks, boulders. Ideal for families visiting Aspen.
About 10 miles from Aspen, it's a frequently visited village. Less than 2000 live there permanently. It's another popular resort for snowboarders and ski lovers.
Are among the most iconic mountain sights in the USA. They are also regarded as symbols of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Visitors who travel close to the peaks need to get scheduled for bus rides in advance, as the vehicles can get quite crowded, especially during the warm months.
Very few people wander up on the steep slopes and try hiking on the mountains, it's a very dangerous venture, only recommended for the experienced hikers and climbers!
It's open to traffic during the summer months only.
The views are fantastic and there's even a popular ghost town in the vicinity.
There are multiple golf clubs in Aspen, so fans of this sport will find a small paradise when in this small mountain town.
Mountain Hiking and Biking
Very popular activities. You will find rental agencies, but some even bring their own bicycle.
Skiing and Snowboarding
This is why most visitors arrive to Aspen, Colorado during the cold, snowy months.
White Water Rafting
Only for the daring and thrill-enthusiastic visitors who'd like to get an adrenaline rush.
Hot Air Balloon Trips
Especially beautiful during spring, autumn, when one can enjoy the colourful vegetation from above.
It's the USA, quite on the southern part, here this is a popular sport (if you may call it like that). So, you might want to see at least, even if you don't want to risk breaking bones and skull!
Events and Festivals
There are several music events held in Aspen. Among them: the June Festival, Belly Up, 12 Days of Aspen, Aspen Film Fest, Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival.
New events might pop up, this little mountain town is popular even among the celebrities.
Eat & Drink
Dozens of restaurants are located in Aspen. Wide selection fo menus, nothing particularly local, but you will find just about everything from the USA and other cuisines, like Italian and French, which are also strongly represented.
You'll have to rent a car, which is best obtained at Denver's airport or even Aspen's airport.
Inside Aspen you can walk, for the surroundings bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs are also available.
When to Visit Aspen at Last Minute?
It's an all-year-round destination. Depends on: do you want to enjoy the sun or do you want to try winter sports?
The Winter Period
For skiers, the December - April interval is best.
The coldest is in January.
It you intend to search for last minute offers for the sake of skiing or other winter sports, then perhaps you should try March and April, those months are towards the end of the season - therefore potentially lower rates at hotels! Snow might be just good enough for having fun...
The Warm Period
For the summer season, June - October is the best time. These are the warm months at Aspen.
September and October might be the months with most Aspen last minute offers.
Aspen is a small town in the middle of Colorado's wilderness. Don't wander into the nearby woods, mountains all by yourself or in small groups unprepared, ill-equipped and naive.
Except accidents that might happen, note that cougars and bears live in the area and sometimes attacks occur.
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