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Further Afield

Outside the Aspen enclave, there is a lot to experience! Here are other places you can explore. 


Touted as one of the “Top 12 Towns" in the "50 Next Great Places to Live and Play" by National Geographic Adventure magazine and as one of the "50 Best Places to Live/Most Active Towns" by Men’s Journal magazine, Carbondale is a favorite for recreation enthusiasts. Resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris, there is plenty to do, including biking, hiking, gold medal fly-fishing, kayaking, and world-class skateboarding. In winter, excellent cross-country skiing can be found at Spring Gulch and beautiful snowmobiling and snowshoeing trails are accessible in all directions. 

Top Attractions:

  • Wild West Rodeo
  • Live Music & Movies
  • First Friday - Carbondale's monthly celebration of arts, shopping, dining & music
  • West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
  • Hot Springs
  • Mountain Fair - local festival
  • Award winning dining (often featuring Crystal River Beef - locally sourced)


*Carbondale photo credit: Tyler Stableford

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is known for being home to the historic Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, but this mountain town offers many ways to add a little water to your Rocky Mountain vacation. A second hot springs attraction, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, has recently opened on the bank of the Colorado River. Millions of years of water carved Glenwood Caverns into Iron Mountain, where today you can tour subterranean passages with amazing cave formations. Above the caverns, there are roller coasters, canyon swings and incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley. Hundreds of years ago, the Ute Indians used the Yampah Vapor Caves to heal their bodies and minds. Now, you can soak in the healing powers of these natural steam filled caves formed by hot mineral springs that flow through them. And don’t forget the recreational paradise supplied by the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers where fishing, rafting, and many other water sports abound! Glenwood Springs is less than an hour north of Aspen on Highway 82.

Top Attractions:

  • Glenwood Hot Springs
  • Iron Mountain Hot Springs
  • River Recreation
  • Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
  • Yampah Vapor Caves
  • Glenwood Canyon

Aspen and Glenwood Springs are connected via the Rio Grande Trail, a mostly paved trail meandering along the Roaring Fork River. We recommend starting in Aspen so the 44-mile ride to Glenwood is mostly downhill.



 North Fork Valley

The North Fork Valley is comprised of the towns Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. Lovely scenery, fine food, superior drink, and culture combine to bring you the joys of small town life. You may be familiar with these wonderful towns without even realizing it. Chances are the produce you gathered at the Saturday Market, or your dinner at one of Aspen's restaurants was grown in the North Fork Valley. As it was a century ago and remains today, cattle ranches, orchard operations, and coal mining are the mainstays of the local economy. In 2014 Colorado officially recognized the North Fork Valley as a Colorado Creative District, a variety of fine artists call the Valley home.

Top Attractions

  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Hiking, Biking, XC Skiing, Horseback riding, ATV Exploration
  • Farm to Table Dinners
  • Winery Tours
  • Natural Beauty (including the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park)


 Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village is our closest neighbor, just down the road and easily accessible by free bus or private car. The Aspen Skiing Company operates the four ski mountains in the winter: Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, so if you enjoy skiing you most likely have visited beautiful Snowmass Village.

Top Attractions

  • Snowmass Summer of Free Music Produced by Jazz Aspen Snowmass
  • Snowmass Rodeo
  • Abundant Recreational Activities (Hot Air Ballooning, Horseback Riding, Biking, Paintball, Rafting....)
  • Snowmassive Summer of Special Events


Woody Creek

Woody Creek is located just a short 10 miles from Aspen and is the home of the famous Woody Creek Tavern, a favorite haunt of author Hunter S. Thompson. A popular summer activity is biking from Aspen to Woody Creek along the Rio Grande Trail and enjoying lunch at the Tavern. You can either choose to bike back up to Aspen or catch a ride from High Mountain Taxi or private transporation.

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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