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ASPEN, Colo. (April 23, 2019) – While Aspen’s summer season has started to rival its winters, many visitors have yet to discover Aspen’s Secret Season” – from mid-May through mid-June. The Secret Season is a quieter time in town when the snow melts and the lilacs and crabapple trees bloom. Visitors can enjoy great values, including lodging and dining deals along with all of the recreational activities that town has to offer with fewer people.
Hotel & Restaurant Deals
Many hotels and condominium properties offer rates up to 40 percent lower than peak-season prices, with rates starting as low as $110/night.  In addition, many restaurants – with numerous al fresco dining options – offer discounted spring menus and deals.
Backcountry Skiing
After an incredible winter season in Aspen, the spring backcountry skiing is already off to an impressive start. While the ski lifts close on April 28, there are endless backcountry skiing opportunities in Aspen. Hiring a professional guide is a great way to quickly and safely gain new skills for outdoor adventures and explore the Aspen area from a new perspective. Local outfitters Aspen Alpine Guides and Aspen Expeditions both offer guided day tours and peak ascents for backcountry skiers.
Cycling, Mountain Biking and Hiking
Road bike trails to enjoy during the Secret Season include Independence Pass, Aspen to Snowmass Monastery, Castle Creek, Owl Creek and more, and mountain bikers can enjoy trails such as Smuggler and Hunter Creek as well as Sky Mountain Park. There are hundreds of hikes and stunning vistas in the Aspen area. For more information on the best outdoor activities during your visit check with one of the four Aspen Visitor’s Centers, USFS office in Aspen, or at Ute Mountaineer located in downtown Aspen.
Whitewater Rafting and Other Water Sports
Late May & early June are also ideal for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, kayakers and stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) aficionados, as rivers and streams peak with runoff. For information on whitewater rafting on the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado, click here.
Ranked as one of Golfweek Magazine’s 50 Best Municipal Courses and the best Municipal Course in Colorado, Aspen Golf Club impresses with its stunning views; challenging 18-hole, Frank Hummel-designed course; and convenient location just minutes from downtown Aspen.
Seasonal Openings
Due to a heavy snow year, certain roads and trails may be delayed opening. As of this release, following are opening dates:
  • Independence Pass– May 23.
  • Maroon Bells– June 15.
  • Conundrum Trail – closed until further notice.
Getting To Aspen
While there are fewer flights than the high summer and winter seasons, it is still convenient to get to Aspen, even during the secret season.
  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) – There are up to 8 flights daily from mid-April to early June, including nonstop flights from Denver, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and additional nonstop flights from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco beginning June 6. ASE is located only three miles from downtown Aspen.
  • Driving – Visitors can drive to Aspen from Denver International Airport via I-70 year-round through scenic Glenwood Canyon to Highway 82. Alternatively, visitors can take I-70 to Independence Pass (check CDOT website for openings or check https://www.aspenchamber.org/how-to-/get-here).
  • Bus/Train – Alternative transfer to Aspen includes the Bustang from Denver or Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs and RFTA Bus to Aspen or AMTRAK from Denver to Glenwood Springs and RFTA to Aspen.
Events during the Secret Season include the following:
  • The 25th annual Ride for the Pass, a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, returns to Aspen May 18. Cyclists race up to the top of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet and enjoy the beautiful scenic Highway 82 prior to opening to automobiles for the season.
  • The Roaring Fork Valley joins an international celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an eight-month long celebration, Bauhaus 100: Aspen. Various events will take place through August 2019. The Wheeler Opera House will host the Bauhaus 100: Aspen Ball on June 6. The free event will include live music and family friendly fun as well as a costume contest. Aspen Historical Society’s exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • The Red Brick Center for the Arts is a vibrant community center that creates venues and offerings for artistic engagement. Classes and workshops offered during the Secret Season include a Bauhaus costume workshop (May 8, 15, 22, 29), adult watercolor class (May 14), and Bauhaus celebration exhibition open June 5- July 18.
  • The 11th annual Aspen Fringe Festival returns June 7-11 with dance performances, Aspen Fringe Festival’s original hit play Angry Alan, and more.
  • Aspen Art Museum, a non-collecting institution open Tuesday – Sundays with free admission, presents the newest, most important evolutions in programs. Exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum during the Secret Season include works from Gabriel Rico, Oscar Tuazon, Etel Adnan and Erika Verzutti.
  • Belly Up Aspen features various concerts several nights a week during the Secret Season, including Eminence Ensemble, Boombox, The Teskey Brothers, The Record Company, and more acts to be announced soon.
For media information and images, visit www.aspenchamber.org/media and contact Promo Communications at 970.925.8480 or
Maureen Poschman • [email protected]
Melissa Wisenbaker • [email protected]
For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.
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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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