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Mid-Week Getaway

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Mid-Week Getaway

Get the most out of your vacation to Aspen sans crowds during a mid-week trip. 

 

Tuesday

Whether you arrive by car or airplane, make time for the drive up to Independence Pass, the highest paved pass in North America. The views from the pass are unmatched, and there are several pullouts and hiking trails along the way. Above all, we recommend stops at the Grotto Ice Caves, Independence Ghost Town, and the North Star Nature Preserve. All stops offer completely unique experiences and are definitely worthy of a visit.

Settle into your accommodation in Aspen, and stretch your legs along the (45 mile!) Rio Grande Trail, or around the downtown for shopping. The historic Rio Grande Trail actually follows the old railroad all the way to Glenwood Springs! Dining al fresco in Aspen is practically a must--cocktails and fresh flavors pair quite well with the mountain air.

Wednesday

Take the shuttle to the iconic Maroon Bells. Catching the shuttle is easy and eliminates the guesswork of parking. Moreover, it really allows you to soak in the views as your approach the ruby, bell-shaped peaks. Snap the quintessential photo at the edge of the lake, then find your own slice of paradise. Either stroll around the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, or hike up to Crater Lake (3.5 miles out and back). Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for (and keep your distance from) moose in the area!

When you return to downtown, grab a bite at one of the many eateries, and perhaps a ticket to a show at the Benedict Music Tent. Enjoy world music inside the venue or just outside on the lawn for free (picnic anyone?). With spare time before the concert, mosey around the exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum and enjoy a glass of wine or espresso from the rooftop cafe.

Thursday

Zip up the Aspen Mountain Gondola to where you will be greeted with 360 views of Aspen and the surrounding mountains. The Sundeck is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch and soak in the Colorado sun. At the summit, consider a hike on one of the nearby trails or play a round of disc golf. There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities at the top of the gondola, making this a fantastic family jaunt! If you wish to challenge yourself, make the strenuous climb (3.1 miles uphill) to the summit of Aspen Mountain instead of riding the gondola, then relax on the ride back down.

By evening, explore the wide array of other nightly entertainment in Aspen:

Additionally, Aspen's historic and beloved Wheeler Opera House hosts events year-round. From music and film festivals to theater and comedy shows.

 

This article was created in partnership with Visit USA Parks.

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

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  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • 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”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    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.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         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.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   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

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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