400 Rio Grande Place Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 920 5120(City Park Council)
The Rio Grande Park in Aspen is where all the fun is. At this airy park you will find locals who come here to relax, play or just meet up with friends. Inside the park there is a lot of activity where kids play basketball, outdoor sports and adults walk about. But the Rio Grande Park is most noted for its skateboard park which has excellent skateboarding and skating facilities. The Park council has laid down a few rules to follow while at the park.
Visitors who go shopping on Aspen's Galena Street should expect to be treated by the beautiful natural surroundings and a variety of shops and restaurants. Those interested in a romantic getaway should stay at The Independence Square, where guests can enjoy the popular bed-and-breakfast service. If you are still hungry, check out the hip and bustling Zele Cafe, a popular weekend spot for locals and tourists alike.
426 South Spring Street Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 925 7625/+1 877 790 2777(Toll Free)
If you haven't made a trip to the grand Rocky Mountains when in Colorado, then you have really missed out on something spectacular. Aspen Expeditions has a strong team of skilled leaders who can help you set your feet on those majestic mountain ranges. You can learn to ski, rock climb, snowboard and even ice climb! All the trainers are certified and make sure that your experience is safe and truly memorable. Mountaineering trips are also conducted in Tuscon, and in the European Alps. Further details on their activities and destinations are available on their website.
If you are in search of a leisurely walk that does not require hiking boots, wander down this scenic paved path. It follows the twisting Roaring Fork River and is remarkably full of dense forest. Besides the occasional backyards of several homes, the path offers little indication of Aspen's presence. Benches provide perfect perches to absorb the river/forest serenity. The 16-mile (26-kilometer) path leads all the way to Woody Creek. Most tourists, however, favor it for an easy summer stroll when staying in town. The trailhead is right behind the Aspen Post Office.
Mill St and Hyman Avenue Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 920 5120
Despite all of Aspen's boundless natural attractions of mountains and streams, nothing captures a kid's attention more than this simple fountain. Streams of water geyser out of a street-level grate at alternating intervals making it a huge public sprinkler for kids to run through. On hot days, the fountain is full of kids, many who bring balloons and balls to balance on the geysers of water. Parents can keep an eye on the kids from an adjacent table at the Popcorn Wagon.
Mill St & Durant Avenue Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 920 5120
Located in the center of town, this park, which is the envy of every developer, defines Aspen's commitment to athletics. It encompasses almost two blocks and features a large playing field with rugby field goal posts, softball backstops and temporary soccer nets. Local youth and adult teams favor it for practices, and others use it for Frisbee and pick-up football games. Swings and slides border the Mill Street side, as does one of the only public bathrooms in town. It also serves as a great perch for people watching.
Aspen Mountain Road Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 925 1220
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 intermediates; this is not a mountain for beginners. If you ski down Little Nell, the main finishing run, make sure to bring your A-game since the whole town will be watching. Three on-mountain restaurants can handle hunger needs, or opt for the Tavern at the base for a prime people watching seat. Lessons are also available.
Burlingame lift from Slopeside area of Snowmass Village Mall to Scooter, left on Rudolph's run Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 923 8715
Dining with a view takes on unsurpassed meaning during this barbecue feast. Every Tuesday evening during the summer, diners can catch a ride and a dinner at the Burlingame Cabin (which is unfortunately open only on that day). The surrounding views of the Elk Mountain Range are stunning and will make you forget that you slobbered barbecue sauce on your favorite shirt. Baby back ribs, chicken and trout are the featured entrées. Pack extra jackets for the summit will be cool. Reservations are not just recommended, they are absolutely essential.
Durant Street & South Hunter Street (behind the Tavern) Aspen, CO 81611 +1 877 282 7736(Toll Free)/+1 970 923 1227
If you want to summit a mountain, but do not want to huff-and-puff up a hiking trail to do so, this gondola ride provides a muscle-happy alternative. It silently glides above tall stands of pine and affords spectacular mountain views as it ascends to the summit of Ajax Mountain at 11,212 feet (3417 meters). The views from up top are stunning, especially during late July when the optic-amazing wildflowers bloom. Pack accordingly because the summit temperature will be cool.
505 Rio Grande Park Aspen, CO 81611 +1 970 925 9313
Since 1983, this theater company has been instilling the valley with the magic of live drama from June through August. Contemporary, classical and new plays are all produced and mesh both local and national talent. More than 60 shows are performed each summer and all are staged in a state-of-the-art performance tent in the Rio Grande Park and have included 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change', and 'An American Daughter'. In addition the company provides theater training programs for kids.
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 ...