Aspen Travel Guide

Located high up in the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the west of Denver, Colorado, exclusive Aspen is one of the globe’s leading ski towns and an alluring hangout for celebrities, jet-setters and skiers alike. Show off the hottest in designer ski clothing as you explore its captivating history, number of Victorian buildings and unequaled apr├Ęs-ski opportunities.

The majority of visitors come here for the winter sports, the most popular activities being skiing, snowboarding, dog-sledging and tobogganing. The top ski mountains are Ajax, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highlands, all providing breathtaking landscapes. In summer, this region’s stunning scenery is transformed into lush woodlands, with numerous hiking trails offering nature lovers exceptional views.

While many come for the outdoor excursion, there is plenty of star-spotting fun to be had too, with the likes of Cher and Jack Nicholson having set up home here. Additionally, Aspen is covered with first-class and accordingly prohibitive shops and boutiques, providing endless window shopping. Eating and drinking places are innumerable, even for the not so well-heeled, while the city’s 100-plus bars cover all sorts of night entertainment options.

Highlights

Wheeler Opera House: this imposing edifice was built in 1889 and is Aspen’s chief venue for performing arts.

Wheeler/Stallard House Museum: built in 1888, this is one of Aspen’s landmarks and presents the city’s history dating back to the Ute Indians.

Aspen Art Museum: displays art exhibits of numerous modern artists and offers art education lectures for adults and children.

Maroon Bells: these two steep mountain peaks are formed like pyramids and are two of the globe’s most photographed mountains.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies: situated along the Roaring Fork River, this wildlife sanctuary features eagle demonstrations and programs for kids.

Aspen Historical Society: during the summer, this institution organizes a great range of guided tours.