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2019 Fact Sheet

Life in the 81611: The Who, What, Where, Why & How of Aspen



Located in Pitkin County, Aspen is nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest surrounded by the peaks of the Elk Mountain Range in the central Rocky Mountains.


More than a century ago, silver prospectors braved the wilderness of the upper valley of the Roaring Fork River, entering a favorite summer hunting ground of the Ute Indians to discover one of the richest silver lodes in the world. In a few short years, Aspen's silver mines would produce nearly $100 million of silver ore.

Aspen was founded in 1880. By the time the first ski runs were developed in the late 1930s, the town already had a 60-year-old history marked by its surroundings, historic buildings, and character. This establishment and the visionary guidance of community leaders in the 1940s and 1950s made Aspen an enclave for art, science, and culture.

Sister Cities:

Aspen Sister Cities' mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and community members from Aspen and Aspen's respective sister cities. Aspen sister cities include Bariloche, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Davos, Shimmukappu and Queenstown, New Zealand.


Aspen is at the southeastern end of the Roaring Fork Valley, 220 miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles southeast of Grand Junction.

Highway 82 is the major roadway leading in and out of Aspen connecting to Interstate I-70 at Glenwood Springs to the north and 12,095-foot Independence Pass to the south.

Another scenic route from Denver is 1-70 West to 91 South, through Leadville, to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass. (The Pass is open only from May through October.)  


7,908 feet / 2,422 meters at Aspen's base elevation


Mountains: Aspen is home to seven 14ers: North Maroon Bells, South Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capitol, Castle and Snowmass in the Elk Mountain Range and La Plata, located just over the Independence Pass.

Rivers: Roaring Fork, Castle Creek, Hunter Creek, Maroon Creek

Airline Access:









Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is the local airport, located only three miles from downtown Aspen.

Aspen is served by United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines.

Aspen is a 30-minute flight from Denver International Airport (DEN) or is a 3.5-hour, 220-mile drive from Denver.

From June 6- Aug. 19, American Airlines offers direct daily flights from DFW (2x daily), ORD (1 daily + Sat.), LAX (1 daily), PHX (1 daily); Delta offers daily flights from SLC (2x daily); United offers daily nonstop flights from DEN (8x daily), ORD (1 daily), IAH (1 daily), LAX (2x daily), and SFO (1 daily).

On-demand air charter service is also available through Aspen Base Operation, the privately owned component of Aspen's air transfer.

A popular air service alternative is Eagle County Airport (EGE) located 78 miles from Aspen.

Ground Transportation:

Colorado Mountain Express provides ground service to Aspen from Eagle County Airport and Denver International Airport. Most hotels, shops, and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance, and taxis, limos and hotel courtesy vans provide service to and from the Aspen airport and around town. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) provides extensive bus service between Aspen and Snowmass, as well as service to other Roaring Fork Valley communities including Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. RFTA shuttles depart from the Rubey Park Transit Station, located on Durant Avenue at least twice per hour from 6 a.m. - 2:15 a.m. daily. Service is free around town and as far as Brush Creek Intercept Lot / Snowmass.

Amtrak has a train station in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Aspen’s answer to bike-sharing is We-cycle, allowing locals and visitors a bike when they need it and where they need it, with more than 100 bikes and 15 stations around town.  We-Cycle launched in 2013, making Aspen the first-ever resort town to have an official bike-sharing program.

Size and Population:


The City of Aspen spans 3.66 square miles.

The year-round population of the City of Aspen proper is approximately 6,658, and the population of the upper Roaring Fork Valley including Aspen, Snowmass, Woody Creek and unincorporated Pitkin County is approximately 10,000.

The high-season population is approximately 27,000.

The average daily population in Aspen is 20,871. Generally, the heaviest days for visitation during the summer occur during July and early August.


Characteristic of high altitudes with dry air, low humidity and intense sunshine, Aspen boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine annually.

In the spring, temperatures during the day range from 50 degrees to 70 degrees and drop to 40 degrees and below at night.

Summer weather is warm and dry with temperatures occasionally as high as 85 degrees during the day. Brief afternoon showers and thunderstorms are frequent. Evening temperatures may drop below 50 degrees.

The last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October are noted for the intense fall foliage. Temperatures range from 60 to 70 degrees in the daytime, and evening temperatures range from 30 to 40 degrees.


Aspen offers approximately 50 lodging properties ranging from affordable to luxury. Off-season rooms from $110.  Peak-season summer season rooms from $250.

Stay Aspen Snowmass is the official central reservations desk for Aspen and Snowmass. (www.stayaspensnowmass.com; 888.670.0788)

Fast Facts:


Restaurants/Bars: Approximately 80

Shops/Boutiques: Approximately 235

Grocery/Convenience Stores: 3


Summer activities in Aspen include: hiking, road and mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling, fly-fishing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, paragliding, and four-wheeling.


Aspen Recreation Center; Aspen Historical Society; Day Camps: Ajax Adventure Camp, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Theatre Aspen, Aspen Art Museum, Rio Grande Skate Park; Silver Queen Gondola rides.

Additional Amenities:

Dog-friendly? Yes. Many lodges accept dogs.

Smoking regulations? Yes. In 2006, Colorado Governor Bill Owens signed the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars. Smoking is still allowed at The Cigar Bar in Aspen, a cigar-tobacco bar, exempt from the new law.

Marijuana - For information on recreational marijuana use in the Aspen area, which was legislated under Colorado Law Amendment 64, visit www.aspenchamber.org; or click here: https://www.aspenchamber.org/aspen-community/amendment64/

Aspen Valley Hospital
Pharmacies - Carl's Pharmacy, City Market Pharmacy, Clark's Pharmacy
Recreation Centers (public) - Aspen Recreation Center, Red Brick Recreation Center
Golf course (public): Aspen Golf Course
Parks: 30
Skating rinks (public): Indoor rinks-Lewis Ice Arena and Aspen Ice Garden; outdoor rink-Silver Circle Ice Rink (seasonal) and ARC (seasonal)
Tennis court facilities (public): Numerous around town and Har-Tru courts at Aspen Golf and Tennis Club
Library: Aspen/Pitkin County Library is in the center of town and includes a children's library on the lower level
Fitness facilities (public and private): Aspen Recreation Center, Jean Robert's Gym, Maroon Creek Club, 02 Aspen, Snowmass Club, Snowmass Recreation Center
Soccer fields
Sand volleyball courts
Alpine gardens
Outdoor amphitheater
Open space
Recreational paths


For media information and images, visit www.aspenchamber.org/media and contact Promo Communications at 

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.

Connect with Aspen on FacebookTwitter (@AspenCO), YouTube and the blog.

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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