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Well known winter resort, Aspen remains a key destination in the summer. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 2400 m, Aspen is an authentic mountain village and ideal to spend a family vacation spot. Aspen is proud of its interesting history, variety of outdoor adventures, its rich cultural activities, its mild climate and beautiful natural scenery. Aspen was born in the late nineteenth century as a mining town in full growing, fruit work and dreams of its 16 000 inhabitants. (Today, the resident population of Aspen is 6 700). When Aspen Mountain began in 1947, the city experienced a second boom after the period of "quiet years" caused by mining bankrupt. In 1949, the modern founders of Aspen, Walter and Elizabeth Paepke, create the School and the Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Institute, based on the principle Aspen was the perfect place to also feed the spirit as the body. Aspen is a small town whose cultural events rival those of the largest cities and its calendar is rich in musical performances, art, theater, lectures and dance. Before attending a show, residents and tourists can spend pleasant hours outdoors practicing an activity of their choice: mountain hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fly fishing, rock climbing and cycling. After a busy day of activities, make room for gastronomy and fashion. Aspen has more than 100 restaurants and bars, as well as 200 boutiques, sports and original gifts and art galleries. Aspen is the perfect place to enjoy all the pleasures! The first 10 summer activities in Aspen 1. Maroon Bells:  the most photographed peaks in North America are the perfect backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to hike, picnic or a trip of one night. During the day, the car traffic is forbidden there, but buses leave every 20-30 minutes from Rubey Park and Aspen Highlands. Local board, tickets are half price on Wednesday. Call RFTA at 970-925-8484 for a detailed schedule. 2. Special events:  the Aspen calendar is crammed with activities for lovers of good food and art festivals, nature enthusiasts and thinkers and those who love culture, dance and theater. Local board, wait half an hour before attending the F & W Grand Tasting and because you will not do the tail and you will not miss anything. Call 970-925-1940 or visit www.aspenchamber.org site for the full schedule. 3. Music:  Enjoy the benefits of young musicians while enjoying an ice cream at the corner of Paradise Bakery. You will find students from Aspen Music School everywhere and in every corner of the city. Local Tip: Bring a picnic and sit on the lawns outside the tent Benedict music where you can attend a free concert by the Aspen Music Festival with friends. Call 970-925-9042 to schedule concerts. 4. Independence Pass:  take the road east of Aspen to find countless treasures on the winding road 82 to two lanes. The points of interest are favorites ice caves Grottos, the Devil's Punchbowl, Independence Ghost Town, many trails to explore and the Continental Divide on the pass. Local board walk beyond the ice caves and enjoy the sun while listening to the roar of the rapids of Roaring Fork. 5. The outdoor market Aspen:  this farmer's market takes place every Saturday from June to late October, and you will find fresh vegetables and fruits, regional and craft specialties, musicians and many more. Local advice: do not bring your dog as sidewalks become too hot for his legs and smells are so irresistible he will not move! The market is located at the corner of Hopkins Avenue and Hunter. Street 6. The Silver Queen Gondola:  take the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain where you will find spectacular views, gourmet cuisine, bluegrass and classic free, activities for children, golf disc and kilometers beautiful trails for hiking and biking. You should purchase a ticket for the gondola. Local board, please contact the reception centers and tourism to get a discount of $ 5. For more information, call Aspen Skiing Company at 970-925-1220. 7. Walk to Hunter Creek Loop:  projecting at the north end of Aspen is Hunter Creek Loop, the favorite route for locals to gather with a nod to the heart of nature. This winding trail follows the route of a quiet stream, passing through aspen groves and meadows of wildflowers. Local council: this trail is sunny all day, so bring your sunscreen and water to drink. For more information, call 970-925-1940. 8. Woody Creek ride:  all bike shops in the city offer bicycle rentals for visitors and the Rio Grande is the most sought by track cyclists looking for a beautiful natural setting. As an perfect summer excursion, take the track that follows the Roaring Fork River along the way "Rio" to Woody Creek. In addition, you can enjoy margaritas and discover the history of the Woody Creek Tavern (the favorite place of Hunter S. Thompson). Local tip: if you drank too many margaritas, call the High Mountain Taxi to the back! For more information, call 970-925-1940. 9. The dancing fountain  children and adults take pleasure in the dancing waters fountain Heyman Avenue. On a hot summer day, this is the best place to cool off. Local tip: buy a ball to Carl's Pharmacy and observe the joy of children running in the water after the balloons for hours! The fountain is situated in front of the Opera Wheeler (on Mill Street and Avenue Hymen.) 10. Rafting on the Roaring Fork River:  many local rafting guides offer day trips or several days for all levels of expertise on rivers around Aspen. A day trip on the river Roaring Forks is ideal to cool off and have fun. Local advice: do not bring your camera and let your photography rafting guides. You will find rafting specialists on the back of this guide.