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Useful Phone Numbers

Useful Phone Numbers

Aspen Animal Hospital   (970) 925-2611
Drop-in Doctor / Urgent Care - Aspen Medical Care   (970) 920-0140
Gondola / Aspen Skiing Co   (877) AT-ASPEN
High Mountain Taxi   (970) 925-8294
Police   (970) 920-5400
lost & found, non-emergencies
Red Brick Recreation Center   (970) 920-5140
RFTA    (970) 925-8484
Bus Transportation

The Aspen Area A-Z Guide

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  • Altitude

    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! 

    If you are feeling extremely ill, call 911 for medical attention.

  • Animals (see Dogs and Bears)

    Trained service dogs are allowed inside Aspen Recreation Center, Lewis Ice Arena, Aspen Ice Garden, and Red Brick Center for patrons that need their assistance. No pets or other animals are permitted.

    Dogs- Look under “Dogs” for trails and parks that allow dogs

    Bears - go to bears

  • Aspen / Pitkin County Airport / Sardy Field (ASE)
    • 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.
    • Long term and short term parking available
    • https://aspenairport.com/
  • Aspen Center of Environmental Studies

    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.

    Hallam Lake – 25 acre nature preserve in hear of Aspen featuring programs such as, Family Saturdays, Hawks, and Owls, Sunset Beaver Walks, Bird Watching and Yoga in Nature. 

    Rock Bottom Ranch (in Basalt) offering Farm tours at 11am daily - call for winter hours.

    Free Hikes at the top of Aspen Mountain (must pay for gondola ride to get up there). Daily on the hour from 11 to 3pm. Meet outside the Silver Queen Gondola.

    Hallam Lake

    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. 

    Aspen Mountain

    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.

  • Attractions
    • Aspen Art Museum
    • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Hallam Lake)
    • Aspen Historical Society, Mining Museum, Ghost Towns and Tours http://aspenhistory.org
    • The Farm Collective (formerly Aspen Tree) – Community Farmyard at the Cozy Point Ranch - camps, volunteer Sundays and visit the farm
    • Gondola – See G – Gondola
    • Maroon Bells – See M – Ticket office located at Highlands Ski Area - Closed in winter

    Music 

    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/ ;

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  • Baby Changing Stations

     All men's, women's and family pool restrooms at the ARC are equipped with a baby changing station.

  • Basketball Courts
    • Yellow Brick Park
    • Rio Grande Park
    • Tot Lot Park

    Drop-in adult Basketball is available during certain times of the year. .  

  • Bears

    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

    City of Aspen Be Bear Aware Information.

    Additional tips from Colorado Parks & Wildlife

  • Bikes on RFTA Buses

    Bikes on RFTA Buses (only in the summer)

    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. NO EBIKES on Bus Racks. 

    Bike loading hours - see RFTA site for Current Info

    • 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.

  • Book Shops

    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. 

    City Market & Clark's Supermarket both have magazines.

  • Buses

    See Transportation (or RFTA.com)

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  • Camps

     Camps – see Day Camp under Youth Activities on website https://www.aspenrecreation.com/activities/camps/youth 

    AspenChamber.org has a list of summer camps in the valley. 

  • Camping (RV see RV)

     Camping – Contact the US Forest Service. 

  • Charity Donations - Rec and Golf request

    Charity Donations:  of Recreation Passes - fill out form  https://www.aspenrecreation.com/links ;

    For Golf & Recreation Center Donations please email [email protected]

  • Climbing

    Climbing Tower @ the ARC

    Come climb with us on our 32-foot climbing tower! All ages and ability levels are welcome! You can ring the bell at the top once or you can play with us all afternoon!

    Our climbing tower is equipped with four auto belay devices that range in level of difficulty to suit all abilities. A friendly climbing attendant, climbing shoes, and a climbing harness are all included in the cost of daily admission.

    Climbing Wall @ the Red Brick

    3,100 square feet of climbing surface for all levels and abilities. We have top rope, lead and tons of bouldering routes as well as great training set ups including pull up bars, campus board, hang boards, systems board, TRX, weights, bombs and rock rings. We offer classes for kids and adults and do outdoor climbing too!

  • Cross Country Skiing

    Go to aspennordic.com for trail maps, grooming reports, rules etc. There are over 90km over Nordic Trials between Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Trails are right outside our door at the Aspen Recreation Center. 

    The Aspen Nordic Center at the Aspen Golf Course has rental Nordic equipment, clothes/skis for sale and Nordic lessons -- can access that via website above.

  • Cell Phones

     Cell phones are not allowed to be used in the Locker Rooms of any of the Aspen Recreation Department Facilities.

    For courtesy sakes, please do not use your cell phone while working out at our locations.

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  • Day Camps / Afterschool Clubs

    City of Aspen Camps and Afterschool Programs

    Summer Camp-Come play with the Aspen Recreation Department during summer break. All camps are state licensed programs designed for youth 5-10 years old (5 year old must be attending kindergarten). Days will be packed full of fun & educational activities such as swimming, skating, climbing, hiking, rafting and much more.  

    Full Day Fun Camp-Come play with the Aspen Recreation Department! Camp is a state licensed program designed for youth 5-10 years old (5 years old must be attending kindergarten) to come have fun with the Recreation Department staff on the days that they don’t have school. The days will be packed full of fun & educational activities. 

    Afterschool Club - Afterschool Club is a state-licensed program for youth 5-11yrs. Program will include homework help and lots of fun recreational activities. Camp

    Red Brick Center for the Arts Camps learn more on the website.

    Summer Camp - During the summer the Red Brick provides week-long day camps where children explore different themes each week through a variety of mediums such as papier-mâché, ceramics, mosaic, painting, collage and more! In addition to art making, campers will venture outside for a picnic and play in the park and enjoy weekly field trips to experience and see art in Aspen. See website for cost and ages. 

    Full Day Art Camp (on select days of the school year) from 9:30am-4pm to elementary students age 5 1/2 - 10 years old. Campers explore a theme through a variety of mediums such as papier-mâché, ceramics, mosaic, painting, collage and more! Weather permitting campers may head outside for more art making, exploring and play. Be sure to pack a lunch, snacks and water bottle. Dress for mess, wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a most excellent day! 

    Afterschool Art Play at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Wednesday $20/class. Afterschool Art Play is held most Wednesdays during the school year from 2:15pm - 4:00pm. Each week children explore a theme through a different medium such as collage, painting, papiermache, ceramics and more!

  • Dogs

    Service dogs trained to assist handlers with disabilities are welcome at the ARC (as outlined in ADA laws).

    Aspen is a great place for dogs! By following the rules and obeying signage you will help keep Aspen a dog friendly town. Aspen’s dog friendly atmosphere is a delicate balance that depends on responsible dog ownership, including use of leashes and picking up after your pet. Use this as a reference to help you be on top of your game as a dog owner. Happy Tails!

    As you travel about town, your pet must be leashed.

    Ticketable Offenses:  Dog at Large (Off Leash)  |  Uncollected Pet Waste  

    Areas for watchful off-leash play with your pet:

    Rio Grande Park, Wagner Park, Smuggler Mountain Road, Marolt Open Space. (Roundabout pond encouraged for swimming dogs)

    Dogs Strictly Prohibited

    City of Aspen Golf Course, Cozy Point Ranch, North Star Open Space, Maroon Creek Wetlands

    Leash Law Strictly Enforced:

    Downtown (Including Ped. Mall) , Herron Park (Wading Pool Included), Hunter Creek Trail, Rio Grande Trail

    Jennie Adair Wetlands, Marolt Wetlands (Near Housing), Playing Fields at School Campus and Aspen Recreation Center.

    Questions or concerns, contact 970-920-5120

  • Drones

    Commercial Operators may request waivers (Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)) from the FAA to fly near or in an airport’s airspace. Applications can be made on the FAA website by following the link below. Local ATC personnel periodically review pending/disapproved requests and may approve them with additional restrictions. Remember, tower personnel are not allowed to “approve” Part 107 operations. They must be requested through the FAA website: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/

     http://www.aspenairport.com/operating-procedures/uas-operation-rules

  • Downtowner

    Downtowner Free door-to-door service within service area - downtown Aspen. 

    Winter service hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

    Beginning on April 22nd, service hours will change to 11AM-11PM, through the Fall.  
    Electric vehicles with heaters and ski racks.How to Use: Download the Downtowner app to your android or apple device.

    Use the app to review service area boundaries, request a ride and rate your driver.

    Need assistance booking a ride? Call (877)230-6045.

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  • Employment / Jobs

     Employment Opportunities with the City of Aspen - Click here. 

  • Events / Event Permits w City of Aspen

     Events – to see City of Aspen produced events go to aspenspecialevents.com, (Fat Bike Race, Owl Creek Chase, America’s Uphill, July 4th Parade, Aspen Backcountry Marathon, Aspen Community Picnic, Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, Golden Leaf Half Marathon, New Year’s Eve Celebration).

    Events Permitting – If you are looking to host an event in Aspen, the City of Aspen Special Events Department is here to guide you through the special event permitting process. Learn more about how to apply for a special events permit or film shoot permit here; https://www.cityofaspen.com/346/Special-Events

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  • Farmers Market

    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.

  • Field Reservations

    Reservations and schedules for Fields: Rotary, Iselin, Upper and Lower Moore Fields, and the high school athletic field can be obtained by calling our Recreation Department at the Red Brick at 970.920.5140.

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  • Aspen Golf Club / Golf Simulator

     The Aspen Golf Course is 2 minutes from downtown Aspen. An exceptional public course. Book tee times online at AspenGolf.com

    The Aspen Golf Simulator is open December through March. Play golf in the winter on our indoor Simulator, open 6 days a week except Mondays. Choose from over 50 courses. Call for a reservation 970-429-1949 or book online at aspengolf.com. Food and beverage service provided by Red Mountain Grill.

  • Gondola

    SUMMER: 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

    Aspen Summer Gondola Operation 2020: Open every day from June 13 - September 7 | Open weekends: May 23 - 25, June 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, Sept 11- 13, 18-20, 25-27, and Oct 2-4 
    One Ride $27 | Sightseeing packages available (buy early and save, buy multi-day / multi package items and save)

    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
    • Yoga & Meditation
    • Classical Music Saturdays
    • Bluegrass Sundays

    WINTER Gondola Information - Aspen   | Elk Camp Gondola (Snowmass) – aspensnowmass.com

    Elk Camp Gondola - Summer 2020 is Open from June 21 - September 7, 2020 | Open Weekends: Sept. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Oct 2-4 from 10 AM - 5 PM

    New – Lost Forest at Elk Camp Snowmass,  Tucked in among the trees and rocks are an alpine coaster and zip lines, biking trails, ropes challenges and climbing walls. There are ponds to fish in, creeks to hike along, places to enjoy nature alone or in groups, two disc golf courses and passionate guides to help you find your next adventure. Learn more here

    Foot Pass aka Sightseeing Pass - In the winter you can purchase a foot pass to ride the gondola (either in Aspen or Snowmass) $37/Adult | $26 Senior (65+) and Youth (7 - 17). The price includes a $10 lunch credit valid at the Sundeck (Aspen Mountain), Merry-go-round (Highlands), Cliffhouse (Buttermilk) or Elk Camp (Snowmass) on the day the sightseeing ticket is used.

  • Grocery Stores / Pharmacy
    • 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

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  • Hiking Trails

     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

     (open July-October) 

    806 West Hallam
    Aspen, CO 81611
    970-925-3445

  • Hotels

     Go to Stayaspensnowmass.com or call a local vacation expert at (888) 649-5982. 

    Also most free maps have hotel listings on them. 

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  • Independence Pass

    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 for the season in 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:

    (Easy):

    • Discovery/Braille Trail
    • Grottos Trail
    • Weller Lake

    (Moderate):

    • Difficult Creek Trail
    • Grizzly Lake Trail
    • Lincoln Creek Road
    • North Fork Lake Creek Trail
    • Anderson & Petroleum Lakes
    • Tabor Creek Trail

    (Difficult):

    • Linkins Lake Trail
    • Lost Man Trail
    • Midway Creek Trail
    • New York Creek Trail

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  • John Denver Sanctuary

     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. 

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  • Laundry / Dry Cleaner / Seamstress

    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

  • Library

     Library – amazing activities for kids and adults. 

    Pitkin County Library: Address: 120 North Mill Street, Aspen, CO 81611

  • Lift Tickets

    Lift Tickets: Skiing or Gondola rides from the Aspen Ski Company.

    Not Skiing? You can still explore the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass with Sightseeing Tickets!

    Take a scenic ride on our gondolas at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, take in the sights from the top of the mountain, dine with a view, and take advantage of snowshoe tours, naturalist tours, and more.

    Gondola Hours

    Silver Queen Gondola, Aspen | 9am - 4:00 PM   |   Elk Camp Gondola, Snowmass | 9am - 4:00 PM

    Prices vary - click the link below or call 844-590-4360

  • Lost and Found

     If you left something valuable in a park please call the Aspen Police Department, 970-920-5400.

  • Lost Forest at Elk Camp

    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.

    Lost Forest COVID-19 Operating Procedures: Learn more about the steps we are taking to keep our guests, employees, and the community safe.

    Lost Forest Open: Daily June 21 - September 7, 2020 | Weekends September 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, October 2-4, 2020

    10:30AM - 4PM   |   10 AM - 5 PM (the Alpine Coaster is open in the winter). Call Aspen Ski Co at 800-525-620 with questions. 

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  • Marijuana

     Legalized marijuana, by Law, retail marijuana is intended for private, personal use. Marijuana may not be consumed openly or publicly. Click the link below to see the FAQs. You must be 21 or older ot purchase and consumer. 

    Don't drive while impaired.

  • Massage

     There are massages available all over town, google or check out the Aspen Chamber Resort associations website and search Massage! 

    • Remede Spa
    • Hotel Jerome Spa
    • Jean Robert's Gym / Aspen Massage Institute
    • The Fix Aspen
    • A1 Oriental Foot Massage  to name a few.

  • Maroon Bells

    The best way to experience the Bells is by shuttle. You will need to make an online reservation with the Aspen Chamber of Commerce.Shuttles will operate every day June 28 – October 11, 2020. (Cars will be allowed up to Maroon Bells beginning June 8 before the shuttle resumes operations). Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee.

    PRO TIP...

    If you're looking for more than just a visit to the Maroon Bells, purchase the Aspen Snowmass Sightseeing Package for $39 to get the most value. The package includes 3 days of gondola & chairlift access, discounts on the Lost Forest and more.

    BY CAR

    Maroon Creek Road typically opens mid-May and closes mid-November, depending on conditions (snow melt, avalanche debris, etc.). The entrance fee is $10. Due to limited parking availability at Maroon Lake in the summer, Maroon Creek Road has personal vehicle restrictions to vehicular traffic July through October. For summer 2020, cars will be allowed to drive the road and park at the lake in June, although this policy is subject to change.

    Once the shuttle resumes operation on June 28, personal vehicles may only travel to Maroon Lake before 8am or after 5pm, with an entrance fee. From 8am to 5pm, personal vehicles are not permitted and you must take the shuttle bus from Aspen Highlands. Parking at Aspen Highlands parking garage is available for day-use parking for a fee. Some exceptions apply:

    Personal Vehicle Exceptions:

    • Vehicles carrying people with disabilities or with a valid handicap placard or license plate
    •  Vehicles with 11 people or more
    • Vehicles with infants that require a restraining child seat (not a booster seat)
    • People camping at Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen Campgrounds
    •  Holders with special-use permits issued by the Forest Service
    • Overnight backpackers
    • Horse trailers

    VEHICLE PASS INFORMATION

    National Parks pass with a Golden Eagle Sticker, Golden Access, America the Beautiful and Maroon Bells Passes allow access to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area for the season. Passes are not valid when the road is restricted to motorized vehicles from 8am–5pm.

    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 Parking Garage: 199 Prospector Rd, Aspen, CO 81611

    RIDE the free RFTA Bus to Aspen Highlands from Rubey Park. Click here for schedule information.

  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking - There are miles of single track to enjoy in the Roaring Fork Valley, from beginner to difficult.

    The Aspen Recreation Department offer Mountain Biking classes for kids in the summer, https://www.aspenrecreation.com/activities/mountain-biking/youth

  • Museums

     Aspen Art Museum – Contemporary Art with rooftop café and views of Aspen Mountain. Free admission.

    Aspen Historical Society -   970-925-3721. 2 museums, 2 ghost towns and several tours, like the Historic Pub Crawl or History Tour of the Wheeler Opera house. Wheeler Stallard Museum & Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence

    Red Brick Center for the Arts – Hosts Curated exhibits with art by local artists  on a regular basis. Exhibits have an opening party, that is free and open to the public – family friendly. Check the website for schedule. Explore the exhibits work in the gallery from 10 – 5 Monday – Friday. Open on Saturdays in the Summer call for hours 970-429-2777

  • Live Music / Performing Arts

     Belly Up Aspen Listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "BEST CLUBS IN AMERICA," Belly Up Aspen is a 450-capacity music venue at the base of Aspen Mountain. Presenting 300+ live concerts a year,

    Jazz Aspen Snowmass /  JAS Cafe The JAS Cafe features intimate jazz performances at three different venues around Aspen including Downstairs at The Little Nell, The Velvet Buck at The St Regis and The Collective in Snowmass Base Village. Enjoy candlelit performances from some of the greatest jazz artists from around the world alongside delicious food and beverages

    Wheeler Opera House   The Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, comedy, lectures, community events, opera, and more.

    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.

    Theatre Aspen Theatre Aspen’s award-winning shows are presented in the heart of Rio Grande Park, along the Rio Grande Trail, just next to the river. With daytime views of Aspen Mountain and nights filled with stars, theatre-goers are treated to an experience that combines dynamic professional theatre with the excitement of being outdoors. Theatre Aspen’s professional productions feature the best of Broadway talent, as well as local performers, offering musicals, plays, new work and family-friendly shows that are perfect for a summer vacation.

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  • Night skiing

     Unlike the east coast - this doesn’t exist in Aspen

  • Nordic Trails / Nordic Skiing

    Nordic Trails – aspennordic.com see trails, grooming reports, etiquette and more. There are over 90km of free Nordic Ski Trails from Aspen, Snowmass to Basalt -- the largest free nordic trail system in the US.

    Nordic Rental gear – Aspen Cross Country Center, Phone: (970) 925-2145 – located at the Aspen Golf Course, 39551 W. Hwy 82, Aspen, CO | Snowmass Cross Country Center also rents equipment.

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  • Open Spaces

     Open Spaces - The City of Aspen is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing its natural surroundings with the 2001 voter-approved funding for the purchase of open space. These parcels encompass wetlands, shrub lands, and forested areas.

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  • Accessible Parking

    Accessible Parking: Several ADA spaces are available in Aspen. Additionally, ADA permitted vehicles may park in any legal parking space free of charge with no time restrictions. Please have ADA parking permit in the window.

  • Parks and Playgrounds

    Aspen Parks offer a diverse range of opportunities for your recreational pleasure, from quiet, contemplative moments at the John Denver Sanctuary to the thrill of watching top-notch volleyball competitions at Koch Park or the Gentlemen of Aspen playing rugby in Wagner Park and Rio Grande Park. Rio and Wagner are superb venues for many of our world-famous events, such as the Food and Wine Festival, Rotary's Ducky Derby, or special musical or educational happenings. Visit our downtown Pedestrian Mall for shopping and dining, or enjoy the excitement at the Rio Grande Skateboard Park.  

    Reservations for Parks can be made here 

    Aspen has over 30 parks and playgrounds, see a list on our Website.

  • Performing Arts

    See Music -- Live Music and Performing Arts.

  • Permits (Tent, tree removal, bldg, event, etc.)

    Learn more about applying for a tent, tree removal, bldg or event permit here, https://www.cityofaspen.com/655/Permits 

  • Pharmacy

    See Grocery, here.

  • Playgrounds

     Playgrounds

    Harmony Park-Location › Harmony Road 
    Truly a place of beauty, Harmony park is located adjacent to the Burlingame neighborhood. This two-acre neighborhood park includes an approximate 1/2 acre play lawn, age separated play areas, naturalistic water features, picnic table areas, native landscape zones and large land forms that can function as sledding hills in wintertime.

    Herron Park-Location › Neale St 
    One of Aspen's most popular parks used by the locals and their kids. On any given day, you will find people in this park playing in the lazy river on the wood playground structure or picnicking with family. The beginning of the 40 mile Rio Grande Trail starts in Herron Park. This park is also adjacent to the Roaring Fork River, which attracts people and dogs of all ages to come play in the river. The large open lawn and playground is a very attractive spot to come play and enjoy your day.

    Snyder Park-Location › Midland Ave.
    Snyder Park is another hidden gem within our park system. This park is mainly geared toward storm water control. The first thing you will find is a beautiful pond and waterfall that makes a very intimate setting for any user. Further in the park there is a playground, picnic table, parking, restroom, and benches within the park for you to use at your leisure.

    Tot Lot Park- Location › Buena Vista Dr (off Cemetery Lane)
    Tot Lot Park is a hidden gem found off of Buena Vista Drive and Cemetery Lane. This park has a large open lawn area with a new playground catered to the younger children. You will find a full sized basketball court and picnic table that you can enjoy when you find this fun intimate park.

    Triangle Park- Location › 2nd & Smuggler Ave. 
    Triangle Park is a small neighborhood park designed around the young ones. The playground is designed and made for the infant to the toddler age group. Everything is small just for them. This small park has a great lawn space throughout most of the park. You can also find a picnic table and benches around the park to rest and relax with your little one. This park would be perfect for those looking for a small birthday party for the younger ones.

    Wagner Park

    Located in the heart of the downtown core Wagner Park is one of the most visited and used parks within the City of Aspen. Wagner Park is essentially a professional sized rugby field, but is used for many other events throughout the year. Adjacent to the park is a large public restroom facility, and a very popular playground area within the pedestrian walking mall. Come and bring your kids, dogs, or lunch and enjoy one of Aspen's iconic parks with breath taking views of Aspen Mountain. This park holds major special events only, such as the Food and Wine Classic, and unfortunately is usually not available to rent.

    Willa Park- Location › Park Circle 
    Willa Park is located off of Gibson Avenue at the Centennial Apartment Complex just north of town. This very simple small park just contains a playground for the 5 year olds and up.

    Yellow Brick Park- Location › Bleeker & Garmisch St.Accompanied by an abundance of shade, Yellow Brick Park is located just north of the downtown core. This park is adjacent to the Yellow Brick Day School and has an epic playground for most age ranges. Furthermore, there is a full-size basketball court, a picnic shelter with two tables, and an open lawn play area.

  • Public Parking

     City of Aspen Parking Department can be reached at 970-920-5267.

    If you do choose to drive your car to Aspen, we have several parking options. Aspen's parking department is always available to answer questions and help with meters. But, they're also around to monitor and enforce on-street parking programs, which they do very efficiently. Trust us.

    Rio Grande Parking Plaza, located one block off Main Street at 425 Rio Grande Place. This parking garage offers affordable, covered parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Garage Clearance 7 feet-2 inches. NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) parking and charging available. The garage has short term and day parking.

    2020: under 30 minutes Free | 30 minutes -1 Hours $2.00  |  1-2 Hours $4  |  2-3 Hours $6.00 |  Daily Max $12 | Business Pass $150 per month

    Special Notes: Garage Clearance 7 feet-2 inches, Please be aware of Bicycles, Skis or other items on top of your vehicle that may be above this height. Yellow safety bars are located at the main entrance to assist you in determining if your vehicle will fit in the garage. Vehicle storage not available. Motorcycles and trailers prohibited.

    Parking in downtown Aspen fee and enforcement times, click here. To learn about EV Parking and Charging use the link below.

  • Public Restrooms

     Public Restrooms in Aspen:

    • Pedestrian Mall – No. Mill and Cooper St.
    • Rio Grande Park near John Denver Sanctuary
    • Rio Grande Parking Garage
    • Aspen Recreation Center
    • City Hall

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  • Restaurants

     Go to EatAspen.com for a list of local restaurants and menus. 

  • RV Parking / Drainage

    The City of Aspen DOES NOT allow people to spend the night on city streets in their RV.

    Glenwood Canyon Resort - Glenwood Springs, formally Rock Gardens Campground, 800-958- 6737
    Glenwood Canyon Resort, offers a variety of lodging options, new Resort Cabins, Camper Cabins, and full hook up RV sites with water, electric, sewer, cable TV, and wireless Internet. Can handle big rigs. Smaller RV sites on the Colorado River too.

    Ami's Acres Campground, 970-945-5340.  Family owned. Can handle big rigs, E-X-T-R-A L-O-N-G P-U-L-L T-H-R-U-S on terraced sites with 30 and 50 amp full hookups, plus secluded tent sites. Overlooks the Colorado River. Shade trees. Pets welcome in the RV sites (only). Reduced weekly and monthly rates. Camping Open Dates: 3/15 to 11/15. Location: EASY access. Exit 114 from I-70, then go west 1 mile on US Hwy 6.

    Gateway RV Park - Carbondale, CO 81623

    Gateway RV Park is owned by the Town of Carbondale, and is situation above the Roaring Fork River, just west of the Highway 82 & 133 intersection on the northern entrance to Carbondale. 970-379-8151 - deactivated during off season (Oct - April) Call Carbondale Rec 970-510-1290

    To Learn more go to https://www.aspenchamber.org/explore-aspen/recreation/camping-rvs

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  • Shopping

     Check out the Aspen Pedestrian Mall for leisurely shopping in the heart of Aspen. https://www.aspenchamber.org/business-directory/shopping

  • Public Showers

    Public Showers – the ARC or Red Brick Center and ARC $6.50 per person to shower. Towels are $2.50 to rent.

  • Silver Sneakers

     SilverSneakers is a fitness program for seniors (65+) that’s included with many Medicare Advantage plans - click below to check eligibility. The customer registers via the website below, then they bring in proof of purchase and an ID to become a recreation member. It takes a day or two to process on our end. 

  • Smoking

    No smoking in the Recreation Centers, stores or restaurants.

  • Special Events

    Special Events Permit – to learn more about hosting a special event in Aspen, click here, http://eventpermits.cityofaspen.com/ or call Kirstin Klein (970) 429-2094

    Want to have your Special Event at the Aspen Recreation Center or Red Brick Recreation Center – Call Erin Hutchings at (970) 544-4100. 

    Want to have a special event at the Aspen Ice Garden or Lewis Ice Arena? Call Cory Vander Veen at (970) 544-4100.

    Want to rent a park for a Special Event? Call Kirstin Klein (970) 429-2094

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  • Transportation

    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/

    RFTA 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. (Spring - Fall)

    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 downtown Aspen – download the app, search Downtowner in the App Store. 

    For Locals: Carpool cityofaspen.com/267/Carpool

  • Tubing

    Aspen Snowmass ( Aspen Skiing Company) is thrilled to offer tubing facilities at Snowmass for the winter season. The multiple lanes are lift-served and carved into The Meadows at Elk Camp, with lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night during Ullr Nights festivities.

    Tubing at Snowmass opens December 20, 2019 and will be open every day through April 5, 2020 in conjunction with winter lift operations, as well as during Ullr Nights. You may purchase a tubing-only ticket or a combo ticket including access to both tubing and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Click the link to seeing prices.

    Must be at least 38" tall to ride. One person per tube. Reservations are strongly encouraged! Call 866-857-8769 or buy online to reserve.

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  • Visitor Information Locations

    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

    http://www.aspenchamber.org/

    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

    970.920.5380

    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. 

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  • Water Fountains

    Aspen Tap Fountain Map (fill your water bottle) at 5 park locations around town:
    Wagner Park, Koch Park, Rio Grande, City Hall, Frances Whitaker

    Summer only.

  • Weather

    Dress in layers in the summer or winter. For more Aspen weather information (how to dress, humidity, etc) and adjusting to Altitude and Weather information, click here.  

    Local weather report – aspenweather.net

  • WIFI

     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.).