18 Dec 2013
There's so many things to do in Aspen, Colorado, so where do you begin? Sports, arts, history, culture - Aspen has it all! With a plethora of attractions in Aspen, there's never a dull moment. This week, we asked our resident expert - Frias Properties Extranet Specialist Jennifer Jacque - to help us out. Below she gives us her thoughts on these local attractions. Put on your sight-seeing shoes. We're about to go around town on today's Q&A!
- "Amazing views from up here."
- "Summer: Make sure you take a gondola ride up here & enjoy lunch at the Sun Deck. Play some Frisbee golf or take a hike. You bring the kids up there to play on the jungle gym."
- "Winter: Amazing skiing, from blue runs to double black diamonds. Fun for all!"
- "A must do in the summer. This is America's most photographed mountain, you must go & see what all the fuss is about. Take a short hike up to Maroon Lake or you can take a much longer hike. I've hiked from here over to Crested Butte or to Willow Lake. Seems like every direction you look, you see something absolutely AMAZING!!! Go up here in the early morning and maybe you will even be lucky enough to see a moose."
- "If you don't have a car, rent one!!! This is spectacular scenic drive. Twist & turn up this narrow windy road up to the top of the Continental divide. On the way up, stop for a quick walk at the Grottos & check out the falls and ice caves. Stop by the ghost village close to the top & check out how people used to live in the aEU~good ole days'. Make sure to take your time on this drive as there are places on the drive that are very narrow."
- "Amazing cruiser runs over here. Seems like you are skiing for miles & miles without stopping. Runs starting at green for beginners to runs including aEU~The Wall' for experts only!!! Tantalizing new restaurants and tons of fun down in base camp for Apres ski. Sit out and watch people ski/ride down the mountain. In the summer time, go hiking!!! There are some amazing trails over here, including the rim trail which give you views of all of Snowmass."
- "Looking for an more mellow hike, head over here. Beware though, as it is highly trafficked. At little over a mile hike up to the observation deck gives you some pretty good views of the city. Continue on from there and complete the entire Hunter Creek loop."
WHEELER OPERA HOUSE
- "They have just completed an extensive remodel on the balcony to provide better seating for all. Amazing historic venue for seeing some amazing shows. Concerts ranging from Burt Bacharach to viewings operas broadcast from The Met."
RIO GRANDE TRAIL
- "This mellow walking trail runs from Aspen down to past Glenwood Springs. Go for as little or much of a walk/run as you wish. Take in the view of the river as you enjoy your walk."
JOHN DENVER SANCTUARY
- "While you are out walking on Rio Grande stop on down at the John Denver Sanctuary. Nice little memorial for John, including rocks with the words of his songs & quotes."
- "On the scenic drive up Independence Pass stop on by here. Mellow walk to the river to see the grottos and explore the ice caves."
- "Little bit further of a drive, but still well worth it. Located about 20 miles outside of Basalt, about a 40 minute drive from Aspen. Rent a car and drive! Windy road along the Frying Pan River brings you up to the reservoir. Amazing views, rent a paddle board & go out exploring."