ASHCROFT GHOST TOWNS
Nestled in the Castle Creek Valley, 13 miles from Aspen, you will find the abandoned miner's camp of Ashcroft. In the 1880s, Ashcroft had a population of 2,500 residents. During the summer, walk through the remaining buildings or along the trails that wind through the Aspen groves or take a guided tour. The Pine Creek Cookhouse is also located in the Ashcroft Valley. Whether you decide to cross-country ski during the winter for dinner or hike one of the many scenic trails, Ashcroft is beautiful to visit year-round.
ASPEN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AT HALLAM LAKE NATURE PRESERVE (ACES)
Explore ACES' beautiful 25-acre Hallan Lake Nature Preserve and Environmental Learning Center featuring on-site naturalists.
BACKCOUNTRY AND MOUNTAIN TOURS
One of the best ways to view the stunning mountain landscapes is to take a Jeep tour. Sit back and enjoy a ride through the Aspen trees and the wildflower covered meadows. Let a professional guide acquaint you with the interesting history and local love.
The ghost town of Independence is located 16 miles east of Aspen on Independence Pass via HWY. 82. This gold mining town reached a peak population of 1,000 people in 1882. The summit is another four miles east with spectacular mountain views. Independence Pass is a paved, winding road, which requires safe and cautious driving. The first heavy snowfall closes the pass for the winter until Memorial Day weekend.
THE MAROON BELLS
The Maroon Bells are among the most photographed peaks in North America and are one of Aspen's grand attractions. Visitors can take the Roaring Fork Transit (RFTA) (directly across the street from our cottages) shuttle up to the base of the mountains and enjoy several scenic hiking trails in the wilderness area.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a world-renowned think-tank, research center and consulting group located in Old Snowmass. RMI focuses on issues related to climate, resource efficiency, renewable energy and green development. Guided tours Tuesdays and Fridays.
THE SILVER QUEEN GONDOLA
One of Aspen's most popular attractions during the summer. With a rise of 3,267 vertical feet, the Silver Queen Gondola travels 2.5 miles to the 11,212 foot summit of Aspen Mountain in just 18 minutes. The ride offers dramatic views of the Elk Mountain and the town of Aspen.