Discover Why the Best Time to Visit Aspen is Late May to October 2014
While Aspen made a name for itself as a winter destination more than 60 years ago, we invite you to discover why spring, summer and fall in Aspen make this town year-round near perfect.
Aspen is an incomparable destination with myriad outdoor adventures from hiking to biking, kayaking to fly fishing, a passion for visual arts, music, and the written word, and some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. The sun shines in this part of the Colorado Rockies more than 300 days per year, making Aspen an ideal training environment for world-class athletes and those who just want to get lost in the mountains.
But what sets Aspen apart from other mountain towns, is the striking beauty of the natural landscape and the enduring charm of "locals" who call it home. Aspen is, without compare, the greenest, the healthiest, most sophisticated and beautiful small town in America.
Aspen is situated in a wide mountain valley on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies, centered in the West's most scenic and accessible mountain ranges - the Elk Mountains and Sawatch Range, a 20-minute drive over Independence Pass to the Continental Divide.
After the ski lifts close each April and the snow begins to melt, trees start budding and the rivers return to peak levels, Aspen becomes a serene and rejuvenating retreat. With bluebird skies and fewer crowds, Aspen has no shortage of arts, culture, entertainment and outdoor activities perfect for spring's longer days. As Memorial Day approaches, spring turns into "The Secret Season." The weather is warm, town is lively and lodging prices are at their most affordable rates.
The headwaters of the Roaring Fork River begin at Independence Pass at the Continental Divide, where unspoiled mountain runoff runs through the heart of downtown. In Aspen, the beautiful Hunter Creek cascades between Red Mountain and Smuggler Mountain to join with the Roaring Fork. Just out of the center of town, Maroon Creek and Castle Creek converge with the Roaring Fork. The river travels down valley where the Fork meets with two more rivers - the Fryingpan and Crystal - before merging with the great Colorado in Glenwood Springs.
Summer also brings the cultural soul of Aspen to life, with an artistic calendar rivaling those of a thriving metropolis. The esteemed Aspen Music Festival & School, the contemporary Aspen Art Museum, The Aspen Institute, Theatre Aspen and Aspen Writers' Foundation are just a sample of Aspen's artistic heritage.
And when the chartreuse leaves of autumn's aspen leaves begin to quake, our town becomes a quiet refuge for renewal and peace of mind. The warm days, cool nights and changing leaves contrasting to early season snow high on the peaks make Aspen an ever changing eye-catching experience.
Enclosed is a 2014 spring/summer/fall media kit with information about Aspen's events, outdoor pursuits, new attractions, activities, and more. We are constantly gathering and releasing new information about Aspen and we will be updating these releases regularly. Please contact us if you are working on a story or would like to arrange a visit.
We look forward to telling you about our unique mountain town, helping you to craft story ideas, providing more detailed information, arranging a visit, or just providing a local's perspective on living in America's most exceptional small town.