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Aspen is one of Colorado's favorite year-round resort areas. One will not be at a loss for activities ranging from recreation to the arts to culinary delights. During winter or summer, an Aspen vacation is the perfect choice for any season. Aspen sits at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, with the Roaring Fork River, a superb trout stream, running through town. It offers an interesting history, challenging outdoor recreation opportunities, abundant cultural activities, pleasant climate and beautiful natural scenery. Aspen is world renowned for its downhill skiing. Aspen Mountain rises imposingly from town and is one of four ski areas in the valley. Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains all lie within 12 miles of town and offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world.
Much of the area around Aspen is public land within the White River National Forest. The spectacular Elk Mountains rise to the south and west of Aspen, with the Williams Mountains and the Sawatch Range to the east. The Maroon Creek, Castle Creek and Hunter Creek Valleys are all easily accessible from town and play host to plentiful hikes. Much of the high mountain area surrounding Aspen lies within designated wilderness areas in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan, and Collegiate Peaks wildernesses.
Aspen is a mountain town at nearly 8,000 feet, so weather can sometimes be hard to predict. The key to being comfortable anytime of year in our beautiful outdoor playground is versatility. Whether your trip is winter or summer or anytime in between, LAYERING is key. Lightweight, breathable fabrics that you can layer as needed are essential. Some must-haves for any time of year are:
Fleece, lightweight layers
Independence Pass is generally open from Memorial Day until snow falls in earnest, usually in late October to early November. During the winter months, heavy snowfall at the highest elevations of the Pass makes it impossible to travel. If travelling by car, you must take I-70 to Glenwood Springs. Road signs along the highway indicate whether it is open or closed. For more information on INDEPENDENCE PASS, please go to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
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