Useful Phone Numbers
Useful Phone NumbersAspen Valley Hospital › (970) 925-1120Aspen Animal Hospital › (970) 925-2611Drop-in Doctor / Urgent Care › (970) 920-0140Gondola / Aspen Skiing Co › (877) AT-ASPENPolice › (970) 920-5400lost & found, non-emergenciesRed Brick Recreation Center › (970) 920-5140High Mountain Taxi › (970) 925-8294Red Brick Center for the Arts › (970) 429-2777
The Aspen Area A-Z Guide
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- Arrivals & Departures
- During Peak Season Arrive Early - Please allow plenty of time to get through security, especially during peak times with multiple flights departing near the same time. Wait times can be significant during these times. We recommend that you arrive 1½ - 2 Hours before your flight to check in, check your baggage, and pass through the Security Check Point.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education center with four sites in the Roaring Fork Valley. Great for Kids and adults.
25 acre nature preserve in hear of Aspen featuring programs such as, Family Saturdays, Eagles, Hawks, and Owls, Sunset Beaver Walks, and Yoga in Nature. Visit ACES at aspennature.org.
Rock Bottom Ranch
(in Basalt) offering Farm tours at 11am daily.
Free Hikes at the top. (Must pay for gondola ride to get up there).
Daily on the hour from 11 to 3pm. Meet outside the Silver Queen Gondola.
Aspen is located at 7,908 feet above sea level giving us a high alpine climate with low humidity & year-round sunshine. Read about The Effects of Altitude on Visitors page on the Aspen Valley Hospital website.
Adjusting to High Altitude: Water is the number one way to help your body adjust to our high and dry air. You need to drink twice the amount of water here as you would at home.
Monitor your alcohol consumption over your first few days. You will feel its affects faster than usual, so be aware & make sure to drink water as well.
Always dress in layers when you are in Colorado. The weather can change rapidly and you want to be prepared. Also, always remember sunscreen and sunglasses - you are closer to the sun at 7,908 feet above sea level!
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Hallam Lake)
Aspen Historical Society, Mining Museum, Ghost Towns and Tours http://aspenhistory.org/
Aspen Tree – Community Farmyard at the Cozy Point Ranch
Gondola – See G – Gondola
Maroon Bells – See M – Ticket office located at Highlands Ski Area
- Aspen Music Festival & School
- Belly Up
- Free Music on top of Aspen Mountain
- Free concerts in Snowmass on Thursday evenings.
- Jazz Aspen Snowmass
- Wheeler Opera House
Red Brick Center for the Arts – the Gallery features changing exhibitions throughout the year with artwork for sale at all price levels. The Gallery exhibits a range of mediums such as painting, photography, ceramic and sculpture by Colorado artists with the emphasis on Roaring Fork Valley artists. https://www.redbrickaspen.com/
All men's, women's and family pool restrooms at the ARC are equipped with a baby changing station.
- Yellow Brick Park
- Rio Grande Park
- Tot Lot Park
Drop-in adult Basketball at the ARC.
If you encounter a bear out-and-about in town, please remember they are wild animals.
- Never approach or gather around bears, which can be considered harassment of wildlife
- Stay calm, don't run
- Back away slowly
- Avoid eye contact
- Never feed a bear
- Leave cubs alone
- Keep pets on leash
- Fight back if attacked
Additional tips from Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Bikes on RFTA Buses
There is a $2 fee for putting bikes on to bus rack in addition to the regular fare. All of RFTA’s valley buses have front-load racks.
Bike loading hours:
- From Mid-April through Labor Day: 6:00am to 7:30 pm
- From the day after Labor Day through the last Saturday in October: 7:00am to 6:00pm
- From the last Sunday in October through Mid-November: 7:00am to 4:30pm
- NO bike loading during the Winter Season – Late November to Early April
There are two different kinds of bike racks on RFTA buses, racks that hold two bikes and racks that hold four bikes. They differ by the way the bikes rest on the arms. Bikes on the two capacity racks are lifted and placed into wheel slots. Bikes on the four capacity racks are hung from support arm of the rack that sticks out from the bus. It is a first-come, first-served system.
If the racks are full, you will need to lock up your bike at the stop, pedal to your destination, or wait for the next bus. Only people capable of loading and unloading their own bikes will be allowed to use the bike racks, unless accompanied by an adult who is capable of assisting. The driver is not in a position to assist.
Explore Book Sellers, 221 E Main Street, 970-925-5336
Carl’s Pharmacy – Magazine, Game books, sticker books, kids books (2nd Floor) 306 E Main St.
Camps – see Day Camp under Youth Activities on website https://www.aspenrecreation.com/activities/camps/youth
From mid-June, to mid-October, spend your Saturday mornings at the Aspen Farmer's Market.
The market makes a U-shape from the corner of Galena & Hopkins, to Hunter & then again back to the intersection of Hyman & Galena. Open from 8:30AM-3PM the market offers Colorado grown produce, crafts, live music and a food court for lunch or a snack while you peruse. Please note: The asphalt gets extremely hot in the market & pets should be left at home to avoid burning their feet.
Want to be a vendor, click here.
- Aspen General Store/ Shell Station, 435 E Main Street, 970-920-2370 (mini mart - milk, hot/cold food, snacks, drug store items, etc.)
- Carl’s Drug Store/Pharmacy, 306 E Main Street, 970-925-3273 (in addition small snacks, wine shop)
- Clark’s Market and Pharmacy – 300 Puppy Smith, 970-925-8046
- City Market / City Market Pharmacy – 711 E Cooper Street, 970-920-7230
Explore Aspen Mountain from the top this summer. Let our gondola whisk you away 12,000 feet into the sky, where you can enjoy incredible views, delectable dining, and activities for the whole family. Whether your base camp is the Aspen or Snowmass, the mountains await you.
Address: 601 E Dean St., Aspen, CO 81611
Summer Gondola Operation Dates:
Open every day from June 15 - September 2
Open weekends: May 25 - 27, June 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, Sept 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, and Oct 4-6
things to do:
- Sundeck restaurant
- Summer Hiking trails
- Disc golf
- Lawn Games – giant chess and checkers, corn hole, ladder toss, croquet and more.
- Free kids activities - spirit nests, sandbox, and more
- Kids Shows – ACES Live Animals and Jammin' Jim Show
- Yoga & Meditation
- Classical Music Saturdays
- Bluegrass Sundays
Gondola Hours: 10am–4pm (last ride down at 4:30pm)
The Parks Department manages over 25 miles of hard surface, soft surface and single-track trails. All our trails are multi-use trails, unless otherwise noted. Please follow all posted closures
and permitted uses like walking, hiking, rollerblading, horseback riding and biking. The trail system provides an almost seamless system, interconnected between Aspen/Snowmass and
down valley to Woody Creek and Basalt. While on the trails, be sure to take in all the natural surrounding beauty
806 West Hallam
Aspen, CO 81611
Independence Pass, part of Colorado State Highway 82, passes over the Continental Divide between Leadville and Aspen, Colorado. In addition to being a scenic byway, Independence Pass is a favorite recreation location during the summer months, for those visitors willing to travel just east of Aspen. Independence Pass typically opens on Memorial Day for the season and closed in late October depending on the weather. At 12,095, the summit of the Pass is the highest paved pass in the state, and depending on snow accumulation the Colorado Department of Transportation closes the highway at the Winter Gate, 5 miles east of Aspen. Visit cotrip.org for up-to-date road closure information. Do not rely on your GPS for directions, we cannot emphasize this enough!
Independence Pass Hiking Trails
Independence Pass Hiking Trails:
- Discovery/Braille Trail
- Grottos Trail
- Weller Lake
- Difficult Creek Trail
- Grizzly Lake Trail
- Lincoln Creek Road
- North Fork Lake Creek Trail
- Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
- Tabor Creek Trail
- Linkins Lake Trail
- Lost Man Trail
- Midway Creek Trail
- New York Creek Trail
John Denver Sanctuary is a scenic, highly desirable venue located in the heart of downtown Aspen next to the Roaring Fork River. Within the sanctuary is the largest perennial flower garden around, which attracts visitors from around the globe. Amidst the gardens you will find an environmentally sound wetlands filter system. Artistically placed engraved landscape rocks add to the overall ambiance and story behind the sanctuary. This location is also the home to Theater Aspen in the summer, providing live stage entertainment to hundreds.
There is no public parking at the sanctuary so we recommend that you utilize the nearby Rio Grande parking garage.
Aspen Laundry – 465 N Mill St, 970-925-5378
Cleaner Express – 435 E Main St, 970-925-7525
Stitch Works Inc. (Seamstress) 229 E Main St, 970-925-7471
Snowmass Open Daily: June 21 - September 2, 2019 | Open Weekends: Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, Oct. 4-6
9 AM - 4 PM
The Lost Forest isn’t hard to find — it’s just hard to see. Tucked in among the trees and rocks at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain are an alpine coaster, zip lines, biking trails, ropes challenges and a climbing wall.
MAROON BELLS BUS TICKETS
Each individual must have a ticket in hand in order to load the Maroon Bell Bus at the Aspen Highlands parking lot loading zone. The ticket prices are listed below for the 2017 season. A $0.65 Forest Service recreation fee is part of the RFTA bus fee. This fee goes towards repairs, maintenance, improvements, and education.
TICKET PRICES $8.00 FOR ADULTS | $6.00 FOR YOUTH AGED 6-16 | $6.00 FOR 65 AND OVER | FREE FOR CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER
TICKETS can be purchased right next to the Maroon Bells bus loading at Four Mountain Sports in Aspen Highlands.
ASPEN HIGHLANDS PARKING: Vehicles can park at the Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot for an additional parking fee. For more information on parking at Aspen Highlands, contact the Aspen Skiing Company at (970) 923-1227 or (800) 525-6200
ASPEN HIGHLANDS DAILY PARKING RATES: 0-3 HOURS – $10.00 | 3-8 HOURS – $15.00 | FULL DAY (8+ HOURS) – $25.00
RIDE the free RFTA Bus to Aspen Highlands from Rubey Park.
BUSES - RFTA provides free rides within Aspen and Snowmass and between Woody Creek and Aspen.
In addition, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) represents an unparalleled community commitment to public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFTA monthly and seasonal passes are available, offering discounted rates for frequent riders between fare zones. RFTA Zone Passes now include a free WE-Cycle season pass, see information on bike sharing below. Schedules, Fares, and Maps: 970.925.8484, http://www.rfta.com/
PARK & RIDE
Park for free at the Brush Creek Intercept lot or Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, or Glenwood Spring Park & Ride lots, and catch a RFTA bus to Aspen. Try VelociRFTA- Fast, Fun, Frequent service utilizing Bus Rapid Transit, see RFTA.
CAR to GO - Join Car to Go – which provides its members with all the perks of car ownership but none of the hassles. Members share a fleet of all hybrid vehicles, dramatically reducing their costs. Gas, maintenance, roadside assistance, and insurance are all included. Car to Go is perfect for those who use public transportation, bike, walk or carpool for some trips. 970.920.5066, cartogo.com
UBER - Now available in Aspen. Download the app in the app store.
Taxis & Shuttles- High Mountain Taxi - (970) 925-8294
We-Cycle – Community bike share program.
FREE 30-MINUTE RIDES. Underwritten by the City of Aspen, Town of Basalt, and Eagle County.
All rides are FREE for the first 30 minutes. Time resets with each ride. +50 cents per additional minute over 30. Use WE-cycle as your wheels to get you where you need to be in Aspen and Basalt. It's fun, flexible, and convenient! Access 210 bikes at 50 stations, available May - November. Learn more here https://www.we-cycle.org/how-to-we-cycle/
There are 22 WE-Cycle stations in Aspen – locations can be found at www.we-cycle.org
Downtowner – free rides in downtowns Aspen – download the app. Search Downtowner in the App Store.
For Locals: CommuterConnect.Net
The Commuter Connect Rideshare System is a quick, secure, and personal way to find all your commuting options. Using your home and work addresses, you can find a carpool, or bus that matches your commute and search for nearby commuters looking for carpool, biking, or walking partners. This rideshare portal is a powerful and convenient way to track all your commuting activity.
Visitor Centers / Visitor Information – send them to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association where their knowledgeable staff can direct them to a number of different seasonal activities, restaurant and hotel recommendations.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association - Main visitor center in Aspen
590 N Mill Street | 970.925.1940
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed weekends.
Wheeler Opera House Visitor Center
320 E. Hyman Avenue | 970.920.7148
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer season and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the rest of the year.
Guest Pavilion / Info Booth on the Cooper Avenue Mall
Corner of Cooper Avenue Mall and Galena Street
Hours: Open year-round. Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in summer and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter. Hours vary during shoulder seasons.
Visitor Services at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. until the last evening flight arrives summer and winter seasons; 9 a.m. until the last evening flight arrives in shoulder seasons.
Aspen Tap Fountain Map (fill your water bottle) at 5 park locations around town:
Wagner Park, Koch Park, Rio Grande, City Hall, Frances Whitaker
The Aspen Recreation Center, Red Brick Center, and Aspen Ice Garden have free public internet for all guests.
• Currently, there is no Wi-Fi in any of our parks.
• There are other locations around town that supply Wi-Fi like our coffee shops (Starbucks, Victoria’s, Ink, etc.).