Aspen Tourist Information and Tourism

(Aspen, Colorado - CO, USA)

Aspen, Colorado (CO) is home to a number of exceptional ski resorts and features some truly spectacular mountain scenery and many summer activities. Attracting a mixture of serious skiers, Hollywood celebrities and tourists, Aspen has become a major tourism destination throughout the year and contains superb skiing and snowboarding facilities during its winter months.

The area has four main mountains operated by the Aspen Ski Company - the Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. Located just 200 miles / 320 km from Denver, the town has grown to become much more than just a simple skiing resort and beneath its somewhat glitzy exterior is an extremely historic town, just waiting to be discovered.

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association features a well-stocked tourist and visitor center, offering advice about all surrounding areas, including skiing and official Ski holidays, tourism information, directions and maps, travel timetables and more. Aspen Airport (ASE) is also home to a wealth of useful leaflets. Hotels available in the town itself include a wide range of budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation, concentrated around East Durrant Avenue, East Hyman Avenue, East Main Street, Meadows Road, South Aspen Street, South Galena Stre Main Street. More information about Aspen Hotels.

Aspen has many world-class tourist attractions, including superb skiing facilities on Aspen Highlands - a favorite skiing location for locals, with ski runs that are usually less crowded than other ski resorts; Ajax Mountain - the original ski area offering over 70 challenging ski runs catering for intermediate and advanced skiers; Buttermilk - aimed at snowboarders and beginners, with 42 trails and one of the longest terrain parks in the world; and Snowmass - the largest skiing resort, offering a vast range of terrain to suit all levels.

Other popular attractions here include Maroon Bells - one of the most photographed natural landmarks in the whole of Colorado, with striking sedimentary layers of rock; Aspen Fountain - a focal point for people watching and often featuring live music alive music at night; the Silver Queen Gondola - a major attraction throughout the year, whisking visitors from the town centre up to the summit of Aspen Mountain; Ute Cemetery - recently restored and now on the National Register of Historic Places; Rio Grande Trail - a popular paved trail winding its way along the scenic Roaring Fork River, with spectacular views along the way; Wagner Park - an important park with playground areas, picnic tables and scenic walking trails; and the Wheeler Opera House - dating back to 1889, hosting many various theatrical performances and concert events. More information about Aspen Tourist Attractions and Aspen Landmarks.

Tourist attractions located close to Aspen include many historic villages and towns, White River National Forest - featuring a range of terrain and attractions; Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area - a Mecca for rock climbers, with towering peaks, beautiful lakes and wooded valleys; Ashcroft - a historic ghost town with numerous old buildings, set in the Castle Creek Valley; Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park - a network of ancient caves situated high up in the Rocky Mountains; Independence Pass - a popular lookout point offering panoramic views and magnificent mountain scenery; and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Area - with superb hiking trails, spreading expanses of pine forests and stunning river valleys.

The city also boasts many excellent museums and art galleries within its very center, providing interesting information on the history of the town itself and numerous other exhibitions. Popular museums and art galleries in the town include the Aspen Art Museum - home to regular contemporary exhibitions by both local and famous artists from across the USA; the Chapel Gallery - with regular themed exhibitions, often featuring art work by local artists; Aspen Mountain Gallery - representing a range of popular local artists, with a selection of paintings and sculptures; the Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum - with numerous artifacts and information about the area's short-lived silver boom and ranching history; and the Wheeler / Stallard House Museum - a 19-century Queen Anne style building containing the Aspen Historical Society Museum, full of information about all aspects of the town's history. More information about Aspen Museums and Aspen Art Galleries.

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