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Adventure in Aspen


Endless Sunshine and Outdoor Opportunities Make Aspen an Adventurer’s Dream

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) — Aspen begins and ends with its love of the outdoors. Spring, summer, and autumn are filled with bluebird skies and warm days perfect for hiking and rock climbing, paragliding adventures, and water activities. Aspen’s trails, rivers, and sky are our legacy and experiencing Aspen in its simplest form is as easy as opening the front door. 


Hiking – Whether searching for a leisurely stroll along a meandering creek or a technical ascent of a “14er” (a peak higher than 14,000 feet), Aspen has hiking trails for all abilities and fitness levels.

Easy Hikes

• Aspen’s local trail system, accessible from the downtown core, is perfect for half-day hikes. Favorites include the Hunter Creek Trail, a beginner to intermediate day hike; Sunnyside Trail, a great spot to see Aspen valley views; and the Ute Trail, a more strenuous hike because of its switchbacks but worthwhile for the views at the summit. Maps of local trails are available at Ute Mountaineer.

• The most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells are known for their rugged splendor and challenging hiking trails, but many visitors opt to spend the day enjoying a picnic beside picturesque Maroon Lake followed by a moderate hike to Crater Lake. Buses depart from Highlands Village throughout the summer and drop visitors at the base of the Maroon Bells, accessing views of the North and South Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. Bus information and schedules are available at www.RFTA.com.  

Strenuous Hikes

Aspen’s 14ers represent some of the best mountaineering in Colorado. Ranging from highly technical, knife-edge summits to tame, switch-back ascents, seven of the state’s 14ers are located in the Elk Mountain Range bordering Aspen, and local outfitter Aspen Expeditions leads guided trips. 

Mount Sopris, located about 20 miles from Aspen, is not among Colorado’s 14ers (topping out at 12,953 feet), but it claims the biggest vertical relief of any mountain in the state, and is on every serious alpinist’s checklist.

Trail Running – Experience Aspen’s breathtaking scenery and clock some high-altitude training by trail running through Aspen’s massive network of trails accessible from town. 

• An ideal route in either direction is the eight-mile Government Trail (the course for the Golden Leaf Half Marathon, held Sept. 22, 2018), which connects Aspen to Snowmass through brilliant groves of Aspen trees that open to dramatic vistas.  

• Other outstanding trails include road-less Conundrum Creek, located in the Snowmass Wilderness Area (which also prohibits bikes), and the Hunter Creek Trail, which begins in town and quickly climbs along a creek with waterfalls and swimming holes.  


Rock Climbing – Aspen’s Independence Pass, minutes from downtown, offers rock climbers hundreds of routes, from the classic Edge of Time to the challenging Cryogenics. Dick Jackson, internationally certified IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide and owner of Aspen Expeditions, offers private and group lessons and courses in mountaineering and rock climbing. Perched high above the Rio Grande Trail and the Roaring Fork River, the Gold Butte Climbing Area is another option that’s close to town and features routes for climbers of all abilities. Aspen Alpine Guides offers a full roster of year-round mountain guiding adventures as well as technical mountaineering instruction. 


Paragliding – Get a bird’s-eye view of Aspen’s spectacular topography with Aspen Paragliding. Year-round tandem flights launch from Aspen Mountain and lazily drift to the valley floor. Autumn is a particularly popular time to paraglide, as the Rockies are aglow with brilliant fall foliage. 


Fly-fishing – Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley have spectacular fly-fishing with 45 miles of Gold Medal waters, the largest stretch of Colorado’s 165 miles of Gold Medal waters. 

• The 70-mile Roaring Fork River runs through town and boasts rewarding fishing holes full of rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout. 

• The Fryingpan River sustains an amazing amount of fish including mountain whitefish, rainbow, and brown trout. For spectacular seclusion, fishermen take to the tributaries including the Crystal River and Castle Creek to seek out smaller trout and stunning scenery.

• Local outfitters, including Aspen Outfitting Company, Taylor Creek Fly Shop, and Aspen Fly Fishing, lead guided fishing trips.

Rafting, Kayaking, River Surfing and SUP – Aspen is one of only a handful of Colorado mountain towns to offer a river running directly through its center, which has everything from flat water and mellow float trips to class IV Slaughterhouse Falls run.

• Aspen is an epic rafting and kayaking destination. The Roaring Fork River offers Class I to class 1 to class IV runs from Aspen to Carbondale. The Colorado River, 40 minutes away in Glenwood Springs, has the popular Shoshone run and across Independence Pass is the Arkansas with adventurous Class III – V runs including Numbers. Water lovers take to the rivers on a variety of equipment, including traditional rafts and kayaks with Blazing Adventures, Aspen Whitewater Rafting and other local outfitters. Charlie MacArthur, owner of Aspen Kayak and SUP Academy, innovated “river surfing” where he uses a stand-up paddle board to ride the standing waves on sections of the Colorado River. 


For information on Aspen biking, please see additional release.


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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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