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Aspen is located in the west central part of the state, about 40 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs. During the winter months, the city can be accessed only on Highway 82. During the summer, it can also be accessed from the east over scenic Independence Pass on Highway 82. Known throughout the world as one of Colorado's favorite ski resorts, Aspen is also full of activities year round. It sits at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, with the Roaring Fork River (which is a superb trout fishing stream) running through the town. Aspen Mountain towers over the city and is one of four ski areas in the area, with Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk all within 12 miles of town. Some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world can be found here, along with snowmobiling, snowshoeing and snow camping. Most of the land surrounding the town belongs to the White River National Forest. The high mountain areas surrounding Aspen lie within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan and Collegiate Peaks Wilderness areas. Other activities besides skiing include trout fishing, backpacking, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting and kayaking. The nightlife in Aspen is legendary, the restaurants range from five star to casual pubs and the shopping is sophisticated and extensive. It's also a historically significant area where the nearby preserved ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence give visitors a glimpse into the region's rich mining history. In September, the "Fall in Love with Aspen/Snowmass" is a nine-day celebration that includes an Oktoberfest, the Snowmass Village Balloon Festival and a Wine and Food Festival.

Surrounding areas: Snowmass Village, Colorado (6.6 mi), Woody Creek, Colorado (6.6 mi), Meredith, Colorado (12.8 mi), Snowmass, Colorado (13.3 mi), Basalt, Colorado (16.8 mi), El Jebel, Colorado (20.3 mi), Marble, Colorado (21.5 mi)

Aspen Vacation Rentals

Aspen Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Aspen Meadows/aspen Institute845 MDWS RdAspen, CO (970) 925-4240
Crestahaus Lodge1301 Cooper AveAspen, CO (970) 925-7081
Hotel Jerome330 E Main StAspen, CO (970) 920-1000
Hotel Lenado200 S Aspen StAspen, CO (970) 925-6246
Itt Sheraton Luxury Collection - Aspen315 E Dean StAspen, CO (Inv) ali-dInp
Limelite Lodge228 E Cooper StAspen, CO (970) 925-3025
Mountain Chalet Aspen333 E DurantAspen, CO (800) 321-7813
Mountain House Lodge905 E HopkinsAspen, CO (970) 920-2550
Pines Lodge411 S Aspen StAspen, CO (970) 925-5279
ST Moritz Lodge344 W Hyman AveAspen, CO (800) 817-2069
ST Mortiz Lodge334 W Hyman AveAspen, CO (970) 925-3220
Sardy House128 E Main StAspen, CO (970) 920-2525
Snowflake Inn221 E Hyman AveAspen, CO (970) 925-3221
The Gant610 W End StAspen, CO (970) 925-5000
The Little Nell Hotel675 E Durant StAspen, CO (970) 920-4600
Aspenwood Condominiums600 Carriageway RdSnowmass Village, CO6.6 mi.(970) 923-2711
Sonnenblick Townhomes600 Gallen LnSnowmass Village, CO6.6 mi.(970) 923-4350
The Snowmass Lodge And Club239 Snowmass CLB CirSnowmass Village, CO6.6 mi.(970) 923-5600
Snowmass Mountain Condominiums55 Upper Woodbridge RdSnowmass Village, CO6.8 mi.(970) 923-4350
The Ridge Condominiums229 Faraway RdSnowmass Village, CO6.8 mi.(970) 923-4700
Woodbridge Condominiums25 Lower Woodbridge RdSnowmass Village, CO6.9 mi.(970) 923-4350
Crestwood Lodge Inc400 Wood RdSnowmass Village, CO7.0 mi.(970) 923-2450
Lichenhearth Condominiums150 Carriage WaySnowmass Village, CO7.2 mi.(970) 923-4350
Tamarack Townhouses135 Carriage WaySnowmass Village, CO7.2 mi.(970) 923-2420
Stonebridge Condominiums30 Anderson LnSnowmass Village, CO7.3 mi.(970) 923-4323
Terrace House Condominiums65 Campground LnSnowmass Village, CO7.4 mi.(970) 923-4350
Interlude Condominiums70 Gallun LnSnowmass Village, CO7.5 mi.(970) 923-3110
Silvertree Hotel100 Elbert LnSnowmass Village, CO7.5 mi.(970) 923-3520
The Silvertree Hotel100 Elbert LnSnowmass Village, CO7.5 mi.(970) 923-3520
Top Of The Village Condominiums855 Carriage WaySnowmass Village, CO7.5 mi.(970) 923-3673
Wildwood Lodge40 Elbert LnSnowmass Village, CO7.5 mi.(970) 923-3550
Sheraton Crested Butte Resort6 Emmons RdMT Crested Butte, CO21.6 mi.(800) 544-8448
Crested Butte Marriott Resort500 GothicMount Crested Butte, CO21.8 mi.(970) 349-7561
Crystal Inn624 Gothic AveCrested Butte, CO23.8 mi.(970) 349-1338
Old Town Inn201 6TH StCrested Butte, CO23.8 mi.(970) 349-6184
Crystal River Inn12954 U S Hwy 133Carbondale, CO25.6 mi.(970) 963-3902
Days Inn950 Cowen DrCarbondale, CO26.4 mi.(970) 963-9111
Comfort Inn & Suites920 Cowen DrCarbondale, CO26.5 mi.(970) 963-8880
Delaware Hotel700 Harrison AveLeadville, CO28.4 mi.(719) 486-1418
Leadville Inn - Super 81128 U S Hwy 24Leadville, CO28.4 mi.(719) 486-3637
Bed & Breakfast
Ute Meadows Inn Bed & BRKFST2880 County Rd 3Carbondale, CO25.6 mi.(970) 963-7088

Aspen Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather depending on the topography of the area. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 7°F 1.72 in. -
February 38°F 11°F 2.05 in. -
March 44°F 18°F 2.74 in. -
April 51°F 24°F 2.56 in. -
May 61°F 33°F 2.10 in. -
June 72°F 40°F 1.26 in. -
July 77°F 46°F 1.76 in. -
August 75°F 45°F 1.37 in. -
September 68°F 38°F 1.65 in. -
October 57°F 29°F 2.06 in. -
November 42°F 17°F 2.24 in. -
December 34°F 8°F 1.75 in. -

Aspen Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Eagle County Regional airport (EGE) located about 31 miles north of Aspen in Vail / Eagle, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located approximately 45 miles south of Aspen in Gunnison, Colorado, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located roughly 45 miles southeast of Aspen in Buena Vista, Colorado, and finally the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located around 74 miles southwest of Aspen in Montrose, Colorado.

Aspen Attractions

Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO107.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Aspen Golf CourseAspenCO 
Club At Crested ButteCrested ButteCO24.5 mi.
River Valley Ranch Golf ClubCarbondaleCO25.5 mi.
Mount Massive Golf CourseLeadvilleCO28.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO 
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO24.0 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO28.4 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO36.7 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO39.0 mi.
VailVailCO39.0 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO46.3 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO69.6 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO70.8 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO74.2 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO77.1 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO89.4 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO101.9 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO104.9 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO110.0 mi.

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