While the tourists flock to Glenwood Spring's world famous hot springs pool, locals avoid the crowds and commercialism and sneak over to this tiny pool of hot water. Located along the banks of the Colorado River, a few yards east of a rafting company's take-out spot in Two Rivers Park, this tiny water pocket is fed by the hot spring's pool itself. The water is hotter than 90 degrees, and its amphitheater of stone can fit five to six people. If it gets too hot, just step over the tiny stone wall for a cold plunge into the Colorado River that hovers between 40-50 degrees. This is also a popular stop with the rafting companies.
239 Snowmass Club Circle Snowmass, CO 81615 +1 970 923 5600
This course, designed by award-winning architect Jim Engh, is 7008 yards and features seven different types of grass. Some golf pros claim that the thin air causes them to drop by two club lengths when playing here. The mountain location means that just about every hole has some type of uphill or downhill angle. Trees, compared to other mountain courses, do not dominate the fairways. The greens, however, are lightning quick. Members may book up to 8 days in advance. Golf lessons are also available. Be sure to stop by the full-service Golf Pro Shop for all your golfing needs, and relax in the clubhouse and enjoy a meal or a drink at the Black Saddle Bar & Grille.
At 12,095 feet (3687 meters), this pass ranks as one of the highest paved roads in North America. The views from up top are stunning and border on the kind normally only reserved for National Geographic photographers. The drive from Aspen is equally stunning as the highway zigzags past thick stands of pine, towering cliffs, streams and Independence Ghost Town. Hairpin turns with precarious drop-offs add to the driving drama. Take Highway 82 east out of Aspen and follow it for approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers). Parking, a handicapped paved hiking trail with viewing stand and a Continental Divide sign mark the summit. The road is closed during winter.
552 County Road 110 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 +1 970 928 0723
These are the folks to call if you are looking to upgrade your vacation from good to spectacular. Explore Aspen's legendary backcountry via horseback and choose from hourly, half-, full- and multi-day trips. The hourly trips conveniently depart from Snowmass. Half- and full-day wanders both include lunch. The multi-day trips can last from two to seven days and include tents and cooked meals. Kids must be over seven for the overnight trips. Groups and private rides are also available. Guided fishing and hunting trips are offered as well.
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 +1 970 945 4228/+1 800 530 1635(Toll Free)
If you grow weary of climbing mountains this attraction allows you to mole inside one instead. Originally deemed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" the caverns, 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from Aspen, shut down during World War I and did not regain attraction-status until the 1980s. The guided Family Tour is a great way to get awed by stalagmites and stalactites and lasts about two hours. The adventurous can opt for the guided Wild Tour which explores many of the cave's undeveloped chambers. Advanced reservations are required for the Wild Tour and is restricted to kids over 13.
With Independence Pass and its fan of hiking trails just minutes to the east, and the town of Aspen just minutes to the west, this campground provides the best of everything Colorado has to offer. The camp is wedged in a thick stand of aspens making it stunning in the fall. And its altitude of 9400 feet (2865 meters) assures cool nights and mind-numbing star shows. There are only 10 sites on a first come basis and are limited to five days maximum. RV owners note that no vehicles over 35 feet are allowed. Take Highway 82 east, heading to Independence Pass, for nine miles (14.5 kilometers) and the camp will be on your left.
315 South Galena Street Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 925 7042
If your idea of art leans more toward traditional oil and watercolor paintings of bears and mountain landscapes, then this gallery is your kind of place. The space immortalizes the Colorado lifestyle in simple still-life and dramatic landscapes. You can almost picture where each piece will fit in the den: right next to the buck head. You will find a wide range of artists on display, including Russell Chatham, Gordon Allen, Jin Rey and Shirley Cleary.
5263 Owl Creek Road Snowmass, CO 81611 +1 970 923 3181
Anderson Ranch nurtures and inspires imaginations of all ages, encouraging experimentation, intensive inquiry and creative production. Anderson Ranch is an international center for the creation of new work and untried art forms for leading artists of our time. While its focus is on teaching visual arts and artist's residencies, the Ranch is committed to a meaningful engagement with the local community. The Ranch is committed to constantly evolving its artistic programs and embracing the visual arts. Come see some fine temporary exhibitions!
104 Gateway Road Snowmass Village Mall Snowmass, CO 81615 +1 970 923 2000
If time is too limited for a hike or bike up the mountain, this handy chairlift provides quick access to the Snowmass mid-mountain area. From there, you can fan out on one of the many biking and hiking trails. For extra convenience, the chairlifts can carry your bike up the mountain. An 18-hole Frisbee disc course is free, and discs and scorecards can be found at the top of the lift.
Snowmass Village Road Snowmass, CO 81615 +1 970 925 1221
The youngest of Aspen's four-mountain system is also the most diverse. Twenty lifts service 83 trails which feature bumps and glades for experts, groomed cruising runs for intermediates and beginners, and two Terrain Parks and two half-pipes for snowboarders. Its diversity makes it ideal for families with varying ski levels. Food and beverages can be purchased from five on-mountain restaurants. Lessons are offered for all levels, as well as a parent-happy childcare center.
The jewel of Aspen's four ski mountains, Aspen Mountain spills
right into the streets, making it very convenient for in town lodgers. Eight lifts, including the Silver Queen Gondola, service 76 trails, most of which cater to experts and ...
The youngest of Aspen's four mountain system is also the
most diverse. Twenty lifts service 83 trails which feature bumps and glades for experts, groomed cruising runs for intermediates and beginners, and two Terrain Parks and two half pipes ...
Located in the West End on 40 acres of serene
mountain landscape, filled with hiking trails and rushing streams, Aspen Meadows is the consummate retreat for business, or just a great place to unwind. The rooms are spacious and ...