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Aspen in Summer is a Vacation for All Ages

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) — Aspen is an ideal location for a summer family trip. Weather is warm and sunny, with low humidity, there are free events daily, and the small town nature of Aspen makes it easy for older kids to enjoy a bit of independence from Mom and Dad. From rustic to luxury accommodations, healthy, local food choices and a plethora of cultural and outdoor activities, Aspen satisfies the vacation dreams of kids and parents.


  • Aspen’s Dancing Fountain, deemed the “world’s first computerized dancing fountain” is located in downtown Aspen across from the Wheeler Opera House. With an infinite number of fountain configurations, the Dancing Fountain operates 24-hours a day spring through fall.
  • John Denver Sanctuary is located along the Roaring Fork River in Rio Grande Park. Large stone sculptures feature the lyrics of the former Aspen resident’s most beloved songs. A wonderful spot to enjoy a picnic, a dip in the river or just enjoy the views of Aspen Mountain.
  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) - Hallam Lake is a beautiful and wild wonderland for kids to explore and learn about the environment and the animals that live in it. ACES offers day-long and week-long summer camps for kids ages four to 18 at their Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch locations.



  • A beautiful and scenic hike for children of every age is the Ajax Trail. Connecting two sides of town, Ajax Trail traverses Aspen Mountain beginning in groves of aspen trees, across the ski area and descending back into the wooded slope in Aspen’s east end. (Easy – one-hour roundtrip.)
  • The Grottos, located eight miles east of Aspen towards Independence Pass, is a kids’ favorite with rock formations, ice sculptures and more along the banks of the Roaring Fork River.
  • Weller Lake, near the Grottos, is a one-mile roundtrip kid-friendly hike.
  • Ashcroft Ghost Town on Castle Creek is a wonderful spot for kids to explore and imagine when Ashcroft was a lively silver-mining town.
  • Maroon Bells are a must-see for any visitor to Aspen. The short hike around Maroon Lake is doable by kids of any age, and older kids and teens can hike up to Crater Lake, about two-hours roundtrip.


  • Named one of the 10 best skateboard parks in the country by USA Today, the Aspen Skateboard Park, located in Rio Grande Park, accommodates more than 300 riders. With more than 15,000 square feet of terrain, there are several distinct skate areas from which beginner, intermediate or advanced riders can choose. An expansion is planned before the summer of 2014.


  • Children ages six and above and families can enjoy the Roaring Fork River from the driver’s seat in summer. The Fork is great for rafting, kayaking and a float down the river in inflatable duckies.


  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise throughout the West End, along the paved Rio Grande Trail, or a more adventurous climb up to the Maroon Bells.
  • Try mountain biking in Snowmass, where lifts carry guests and their bikes to mid-mountain where they give singletrack and downhill courses a try.


  • Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and festivities: A magical afternoon of festivals, floats and free candy! Families can watch the parade or join in as participants in the family bike float or other floats. Following the parade are numerous community picnics followed by an evening Fireworks Spectacular.
  • June 27 - Aug 18: Aspen Music Festival and School 2017 Season welcomes children over three years old in the Benedict Music Tent (kids tickets are only $5) and Harris Concert Hall, but for the best family experience, pack a picnic and sit outside on the free David Karetsky Lawn.


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For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.

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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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