Aspen and its ski areas have been a tourist destination and a gathering place for the rich and famous for decades.
The Maroon Bells near Aspen are often called the most scenic spot in Colorado, with two 14,000-foot peaks standing just a third of a mile apart and reflecting in Maroon Lake.
The Hotel Jerome has been an Aspen landmark since it opened in 1889 as the town’s first grand hotel. It was built by Jerome B. Wheeler, who made his fortune with the Macy’s department store and became a major investor in Aspen’s silver miles.
The Wheeler-Stallard Museum gives visitors a peek at Aspen in the early 1890s from the home of one of its most influential early residents.
The Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center marks the 2010 discovery of bones from a young, female Columbian mammoth by a crew working to expand a nearby reservoir.
The John Denver Sanctuary is a memorial to the singer-songwriter, who lived in the Aspen area and wrote several songs about Aspen, including “Aspenglow” and “Starwood at Aspen.”
Snowmass is making a name for itself with summer concerts in the mountains, drawing a jeans-and-hiking boot crowd with major acts and less-known ones.
Aspen has dozens of historic buildings, and many of them can be explored on foot. Take this walking tour that includes the Jerome Hotel, Wheeler Opera House, The Red Onion restaurant and Wagner Park.
The Wheeler Opera House, which opened in 1889, serves as a cultural center for the Aspen community, with live theater and other performances.
Staff writer Snowmass is the largest of the Aspen ski areas, with a 4,406-foot vertical drop that’s No. 1 in the United States and 3,132 acres of skiable terrain that’s No. 2 in the United States. Snowmass has long been rated one of the nation’s top ski areas for families, with its wide-open, well-groomed trails, but it has added three terrain parks in recent years to serve the younger snowboarding…