The Museum of Colorado Prisons has 32 cells from a former prison, a hangman’s noose used in Colorado’s last execution by hanging, weapons and contraband confiscated from inmates, the state’s last gas chamber, photographs depicting life in prison facilities, and items used in disciplining inmates.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum features more than four dozen aircraft and space vehicles, including a B-18A Bolo, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter.
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.”
The Hinsdale County Museum features exhibits about the mining history and minerals of the Lake City area but is best known for its exhibit on murderer and accused cannibal Alferd Packer.
Lake City became a silver boomtown in the late 1800s, but the town declined along with the silver and gold mines in the area before rebounding as a tourist center.
Lake City was one of the boomtowns from the gold and silver rush in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today’s it’s best-known for the accused cannibal Alferd Packer.