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Wheeler Opera House
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AnneAdare’s guide to live music & The Après Scene

Please see the Apres Ski Section for a listing of what's happening after a day on the slopes...

Scenic Drives to Aspen

There's no question that once a visitor arrives in Aspen they will be blown away by the myriad of things going on in town. The endless dining options, renowned nightlife, world-class cultural events, and pristine trails to explore via foot or wheel are well documented. One aspect of the Aspen experience, however, that deserves a bit more attention is how to get here. With highways that are lined with jagged cliffs, winding roads over high-alpine passes, and deserted back-roads from the desert, accessing Aspen can be nearly as memorable as the time spent once you arrive. Here are 5 drives to Aspen-that double as terrific daytrips-we recommend: 

1. A majority of visitors to Aspen originate in Denver, or Colorado's "Front Range," having flown into Denver International Airport (DIA) or residing in a city or town along the eastern edge of the state. Without question, the can't-miss drive to Aspen from the front range is over Independence Pass (via Highway 82, which is open during the non-winter months). A handful of gorgeous roads lead to Indy Pass-like the high-plateau plains of Jefferson and Grant along Highway 285, driving alongside the Collegiate Peaks near Salida and Buena Vista, and the switchback-turns on Highway 24 from Minturn. Be sure to have your camera ready as you pass Twin Lakes and descend towards Aspen; the countryside over Independence Pass is stunning! This is part of the Top of the Rockies Colorado Scenic Byway Tour.  
2. Don't ignore the classic: Highway I-70 from Denver passes through the Glenwood Canyon on the "Million Dollar Highway." Jagged cliffs line the Colorado River between Gypsum and Glenwood Springs, and there are a handful of trails accessed right of the highway that weave up into the mountains and offer a great respite from the drive. One great hiking option is the quick and moderately strenuous trail that leads to Hanging Lake just outside of Glenwood Springs. Most people recognize the waterfall at the summit of the trail as the iconic falls from Coors Brewing Company advertisements. And, the Glenwood Hot Springs are the perfect place to soak your sore muscles after the hike, before heading in to Aspen.
3. If you're in Southwest Colorado and looking for a picturesque way to get to Aspen be sure to hit Highway 133. Dense groves of aspen trees color the roadside over McClure Pass, ominous peaks of Mount Sopris and Chair Mountain make up the panoramic views as you crest the pass and descend into the Roaring Fork Valley, and as you drive along the Crystal River you'll pass the historic town of Marble, small-town Redstone, and charming Carbondale. And, Highway 24 and 285 from Southeast Colorado will place you amidst the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in the country, pass Colorado's mecca of whitewater rafting and kayaking-the Arkansas River, and run alongside some of the best trout fishing in the state.
4. For those in the West and headed East along I-70 across the Utah desert, the back-roads surrounding Moab are the best way to break the beautiful monotony of the desert. Highway 191 takes you past Arches National Park and towards Moab, and as you cross the Colorado River you'll see Highway 128. Take a left and follow the river through canyons and rolling red-rock desert, and past towering spires that will leave you in awe. The drive through Castle Valley and Dewey, Utah is one of the best-kept secrets in the "wild west." Though this detour adds about 2 hours onto your drive, you won't be disappointed. (Plus, the wineries in Palisade, Colorado-which you'll pass en route to Aspen-produce some of the best wines in the state.)
5. If you're Aspen-bound from Northeast Colorado-like Estes Park, Loveland, Fort Collins, or Greeley-Highway 34 bisects Rocky Mountain National Park. Known as "Trail Ridge Road," the highway promises incredible panoramic views of mountains, loads of wildlife, and endless meadows of wildflowers. Eventually, you'll pass through Grand Lake, Colorado and be able to trace the headwaters of the Colorado River from "the old resort town on the shores of Colorado's largest natural lake to a gravel road through spectacular Upper Gore Canyon."
For an in-depth look at scenic byways throughout Colorado, visit


From Winter to Summer, there’s always something special going on in Aspen

FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
One of the nations most prestigious epicurean events. Culinary stars show their passion for food, wine and entertaining. More than 300 Vintners pour premium wines complimented by specialty foods from around the world. Join leading chefs including Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, and noted wine authorities such as Joshua Wesson for three inspiring days of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and special events.

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation's birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, U.S. Airforce flyby, concerts, a kid's bicycle rodeo, and spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.

Aspen Arts Festival
Aspen Chamber Resort Association is proud to join Howard Alan Events in hosting the Aspen Arts Festival. Aspen's spectacular mountain setting provides a wonderful “open art gallery” to over 170 exhibitors offering jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings, prints...and more!

Snowmass Balloon Festival
The Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the sky with one of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country. Over three days, 30 pilots compete in challenges such as a distance race that covers the whole Roaring Fork Valley. Highlights include Saturday Evening Glow on Fanny Hill and free music with light show featuring brightly colored balloons lighting up the night sky. All Balloon Festival events are free.

Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities.  The four day celebration features Soupsköl, the Canine Fashion Show, WinterFest, the Fat Cycle Challenge, fireworks over Aspen Mountain, and much more.

Gay Ski Week
Held annually around mid-January, this is the premier GLBT winter travel event.

Winter X Games
The premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the sports of Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile.  Winter X Games features live music, nighttime events, and live broadcasts on ESPN and ABC.

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