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Welcome to Aspen, Colorado!

Welcome to the picturesque town of Aspen, Colorado – a world-renowned destination nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Known for its stunning natural beauty, Aspen is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, cultural aficionados, and those seeking a blend of luxury and rustic charm.

Originally founded as a mining settlement during the 19th century's silver boom, Aspen has since transformed into a vibrant year-round resort town that offers a wealth of activities and attractions. The town is synonymous with exceptional skiing and snowboarding, boasting four exquisite mountains – Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk – collectively offering some of the best winter sports opportunities in the United States.

Beyond its winter allure, Aspen captivates visitors with its vibrant arts and culture scene. The town hosts the famous Aspen Music Festival and School, bringing world-class musicians and performers together for an unforgettable summer experience. The Aspen Institute, a hub for intellectual and policy discussions, draws influential thinkers from around the globe.

Aspen's charming downtown exudes a unique character, featuring a blend of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining establishments. The historic architecture adds to the town's enchanting atmosphere, and its welcoming community fosters a sense of warmth and inclusivity.

Surrounded by the pristine landscapes of the White River National Forest, outdoor pursuits like hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing are in abundance during the warmer months. The Maroon Bells, two majestic peaks nearby, are among the most photographed mountains in North America, offering breathtaking vistas and unparalleled photo opportunities.

Whether you're drawn to Aspen for its world-class skiing, cultural happenings, natural beauty, or simply its relaxed mountain vibe, this charming town promises an unforgettable experience that's as unique as its stunning alpine setting.

Fall in Aspen Snowmass
Photography credit: ACRA Jorden Curet
ACRA Jordan Curet
Photography credit: Aspen Snowmass
Photography credit: Aspen Snowmass Jordan Curet
AJAX Mountain
Photography credit: Aspen Snowmass Matt Power


Aspen, Colorado offers a diverse array of recreational activities that cater to a wide range of interests and preferences. No matter the season, Aspen's recreational offerings ensure that visitors can fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty and engaging activities that this Rocky Mountain paradise has to offer.

Skiing and Snowboarding: Aspen is renowned for its exceptional ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. With varying levels of difficulty, these slopes cater to beginners and seasoned experts alike, making it a winter sports haven.

Hiking and Biking: During the warmer months, Aspen's trails open up for hiking and mountain biking. Explore scenic routes through the White River National Forest, taking in breathtaking vistas, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear streams.

Fly Fishing: The rivers and streams around Aspen are a paradise for anglers. Enjoy fly fishing in the Roaring Fork River, Fryingpan River, and other waterways, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

Golfing: Aspen's golf courses offer a unique playing experience against the backdrop of the Rockies. Tee off in the crisp mountain air at courses like the Aspen Golf Club.

Rafting and Kayaking: The nearby rivers provide opportunities for thrilling whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures, ranging from serene floats to exhilarating rapids.

Hot Air Ballooning: Experience the beauty of Aspen from a different perspective by taking a hot air balloon ride. Marvel at the sweeping landscapes and mountain vistas from high above.

Cultural Events: Aspen's cultural scene thrives with events like the Aspen Music Festival and School, bringing world-class musicians and performers together. The Aspen Ideas Festival, hosted by the Aspen Institute, gathers thought leaders for discussions on various topics.

Art and Museums: Explore art galleries showcasing local and international talent, and visit the Aspen Art Museum, known for its contemporary exhibits.

Spas and Wellness: After a day of outdoor adventures, relax and rejuvenate at one of Aspen's luxurious spas, offering a range of treatments and wellness services.

Shopping and Dining: Stroll through Aspen's charming downtown, where high-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants await. Experience a blend of culinary delights that cater to diverse tastes.

Winter Activities: In addition to skiing and snowboarding, enjoy activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, and dog sledding during the winter months.


Among the Elk Mountains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen is located in west-central Colorado and is easy to access all year round. Right on State Highway 82, the town is sandwiched between I-70 and Independence Pass.

Driving to and from Aspen is easy in the summer, but a little more limited in the winter, once Independence Pass closes for the season (typically in late October). You can take either I-70 to US 24 and take State Highway 82 over Independence Pass, or I-70 from Denver to Glenwood Springs, where you will take State Highway 82.

Flying to Aspen is also quite simple. The closest airports are:

  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport – ASE (3 miles from downtown Aspen)
  • Denver International Airport – DEN (220 miles from Aspen via I-70 and Colorado 82)
  • Eagle County Airport – EGE (70 miles from Aspen via I-70 and Colorado 82)
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport – GJT (125 miles from Aspen via I-70 and Colorado



Guests of Frias Properties have access to our concierge services to help you plan the ultimate Aspen Snowmass vacation.  Our services include dinner reservations, procuring lift tickets/ski passes, booking events, childcare referrals, and more. 

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