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Affordable Aspen



Aspen On A Budget

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) —Discounted accommodations, inexpensive dining options and a plethora of free amenities and events create the opportunity for anyone with any budget to enjoy the special nature of Aspen.

Affordable Lodging

  • Hotel Durant affords guests an excellent downtown location within steps of Aspen Mountain and Lift 1A. Family-owned and operated, this unique lodge is designed in the Bavarian tradition with 19 rooms that exude a cozy, European feel. (122 E. Durant Ave., www.durantaspen.com)
  • Hotel Aspen offers four-star amenities with three-star pricing, like a sophisticated pool and hot tub area, daily après-ski events, complimentary breakfast, and the stunning Great Room with views of Aspen Mountain. Guestrooms are styled with hardwood floors, contemporary furniture, lighting, down duvets, and a new modern palate.
     (461 E. Hopkins Ave., www.hotelaspen.com)
  • Limelight Hotel is a 126-room, pet-friendly hotel that is moderately priced and located conviently . Boasting value-added amenities including complimentary airport transfers, continental breakfast, kitchenettes in rooms, a pizza-and-salad restaurant, expansive windows and balconies, and a hip outdoor pool and two hot tubs. (355 S. Monarch St., next to Wagner Park, www.limelighthotel.com
  • St. Moritz Lodge, a European-style lodge just blocks from the downtown core, rents studios or one- and two-bedrooms condos for reasonable rates — sometimes starting at less than $100 during the summer. Smaller rooms with shared baths are also available for the budget-friendly traveler. (334 W. Hyman Ave., www.stmoritzlodge.com)
  • Annabelle Inn, formerly called the Christmas Tree Inn, is a family-owned 35-room lodge. Each room is individually decorated with mountain-chic furnishings, and the hotel’s charm is best enjoyed with the freshly baked cookies served each evening in front of the lobby fireplace or around the courtyard fire pit. (232 W. Main St., www.annabelleinn.com)
  • The Snow Queen Lodge, the famous red Victorian, dubbed “The Jewel of Aspen” by the Aspen Historical Society, is a bed-and-breakfast housed in a lovely Victorian built in 1886, and is easy walking distance to downtown Aspen.
     (124 E. Cooper Ave., www.snowqueenlodge.com)
  • Tenth Mountain Division Hut System caters to the more adventurous visitor with a system of 29 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, many with easy access to Aspen and most accessible by four-wheel drive, mountain bikes, or hiking. Huts are equipped with fireplaces, cooking materials, and water. Visitors bring bedding and food. (www.huts.org)
  • Camping. Sleep under the stars at one of the seven drive-in campgrounds around Aspen including Silver Bell, Difficult and Lincoln Gulch. There are official campsites in many of the most popular backcountry areas, and places where designated sites are mandatory will be marked. Check with the U.S. Forest Service for more information about sites and regulations. Some are free, other campsite rates start at $15 a night.

Dining & Nightlife – Aspen’s dining scene plays on the world’s stage, garnering international attention for the caliber of cuisine served in nearly 100 restaurants in downtown Aspen. Visitors on a budget can enjoy Aspen’s culinary delights and stay on budget at the following eateries.

  • Aspen Bar Menus – Sit in the bar at nearly every restaurant in Aspen, and sample the same fabulous food served from the regular menu at a fraction of the price in a more relaxed setting. All entrees at Cache Cache’s bar are just over $20, and the warm bartenders are known for making guests come back again and again. The bar area at Steakhouse 316 offers a condensed menu with affordable favorites such as the steak and eggs (complete with sautéed asparagus and shitake demi) for $17, the NY strip steak sandwich for $18, and the shrimp and grits for $18. The lively and spacious bar area at L’Hostaria is always inviting after a long day on the mountain. Snag a seat at the popular bar, and enjoy homemade pasta and various Italian dishes starting around $12.
  • The Hickory House is famous for its baby-back ribs, which made Oprah’s list of favorite things. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Main Street eatery is a must-stop during an Aspen visit.  (730 W. Main St., www.hickoryhouseribs.com)
  • Woody Creek Tavern, the famous hangout of Hunter S. Thompson, is a down-home restaurant and bar, famous for its Mexican food, killer margaritas, and eclectic décor. (2858 Woody Creek Rd., www.woodycreektavern.com)
  • New York Pizza serves up big thin-crust slices that start at $3.75, making this Big Apple-style pizzeria hard to beat for the budget-conscious. (409 E. Hyman Ave., www.newyorkpizzaaspen.com)
  • Zane’s Tavern is a favorite local hang out serving classic bar food. Zane’s has plenty on indoor and outdoor patio seating and serves up happy hour daily with 50 cent wings and $1 off draft beers. (308 S. Hunter St., www.zanestavern.com)

Shopping – Aspen may be a town that is recognized for world-class boutiques and designer shopping, and that’s exactly what makes its second-hand stores goldmines when it comes to good finds.

  • When Olympians like Aspenite Gretchen Bleiler have an extra snowboard or local professional mountain bikers upgrade their equipment, they unload their nearly new goods to Replay Sports, which stocks everything from used golf clubs to rain coats. (465 N. Mill St., 970.925.2483)
  • Gently used designer purses, jeans, or the perfect summer dress are just some of the potential goods available at Susie’s Limited. (600 E. Main St., 970.920.2376)
  • When Aspenites clean out their closets, it all goes directly to the Thrift Shop of Aspen. Think Armani, North Face, Ralph Lauren and Patagonia, all kept in a building connected to the fire station. (422 E. Hopkins Ave., www.aspenthriftshop.org)  And be sure to stop by Aspen Home Consignment for antique and gently used furniture from Aspen homes. (202 E. Main St., www.aspenhomeconsignment.com)


Free and Nearly Free Activities

  • Test your skills in the Rio Grande Skate Park, named one of the best in the country, boasting accolades from experts like the legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and ESPN X Games athletes. Kids (or adults) can skate for free on more than 13,000 square feet of paved terrain.
  • Commune with nature on free, guided nature walks led by naturalists from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). The free 45-minute walks meander along Richmond Ridge atop Aspen Mountain, and participants learn about the native trees, birds and animals that thrive in the high-alpine environment. Tours meet at the top of the gondola daily on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (www.aspennature.org)
  • Enjoy free art at the Aspen Art Museum, which houses a rotating selection of high-caliber, contemporary exhibitions and offers free admission through the summer, courtesy of John and Amy Phelan. (www.aspenartmuseum.org)
  • Enjoy music in the mountains with Aspen Music Festival and School with free classical performances by the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., free “High Notes” discussions on Wednesdays at 12 p.m., free pre-concert talks on Sundays at 3 p.m., free classical music atop Aspen Mountain on Saturdays at 1 p.m., and free masters classes, student showcases, family concerts and other events throughout the summer. Any day of the week, do as the locals do, and pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn outside the open-air Benedict Music Tent while listening to world-class orchestral performances. (http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com
  • Have some family fun at the 82,000-square-foot Aspen Recreation Center (ARC), a multi-use facility featuring a 32-foot climbing tower, a unique aquatic center with slides and grotto, an NHL-sized ice arena, and batting cages. The ARC also offers swim lessons and affordable five-day camps throughout the summer for kids. (www.aspenrecreation.com)
  • Splash in the Dancing Fountain. The water fountain on the Hyman Avenue Mall is a bona fide child magnet, with unpredictable vertical jets of water that shoot from the ground, soaking anyone standing in their way. Designed by the late, Aspen-based physicist Nick DeWolfe and sculptor Travis Fulton, the computer-programmed fountain is completely random, with no set pattern for hours of endless fun.
  • If you left your furry friend at home, or are just simply seeking companionship, borrow a dog through the Aspen Animal Shelter’s “Rent-a-Pet” program. Take a canine for a walk, or bring him home overnight — a new family member may come out of it. (www.dogsaspen.com)
  • Explore the Grottos, a few miles east of Aspen on Independence Pass. These smoothed-out rock caves and caverns on the Roaring Fork River never fail to thrill little explorers — and their parents, too. The scenic area includes picnic tables, so bring some grub and make a day of it.
  • Climb the Red Brick Climbing Wall. Located in the Red Brick Arts Center in downtown Aspen, this indoor climbing wall is a must-do for aspiring mountaineers. (www.aspenart.org)


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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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