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How to Spend 1 Day in Aspen

How to Spend 1 Day in Aspen

Founded during the heyday of Colorado’s Silver Boom, Aspen is now a year-round outdoor destination famous for its high-end boutiques and glitzy resorts. One day in Aspen gives you time to see both the mountains and town sights. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Aspen. 

Morning: Explore the Aspen Mountains

Kick off your day in Aspen with a an outdoor adventure, in order to experience the town’s natural beauty. Regardless of the season, you can ride to the top of Aspen Mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola for panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. If you’re visiting in winter, spend your morning at one of Aspen’s four world-class ski resorts, or go for a Nordic ski on several cross-country ski trails. In summer, explore the Smuggler Mountain Trail, which starts conveniently in the town centre, and in fall, take the bus up to Maroon Bells, one of the best spots in Colorado to see fall colors.

Afternoon: Historic Aspen

Reserve the afternoon for visiting historic downtown sights. Take a tour to learn about the area’s rich mining history and hear the town’s legends and stories from a local guide; tours typically cover the Wheeler Opera House, the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Aspen's Victorian West End, and the John Denver Sanctuary in Rio Grande Park. If you have time, head east out of town towards Independence Pass and visit the Independence Ghost Town, the preserved remnants of a mining town from 1879.

Evening: Saloons and Stargazing

Spend the evening browsing downtown shops and checking out Aspen’s legendary saloons; the historic Red Onion is an Aspen landmark with a colorful history dating back to the silver boom. During the summer months, Snowmass Village puts on a free weekly concert series, while the Wheeler Opera House hosts outdoor-themed films as part of the Aspen Mountain Film Festival.  You can also head back up into the mountains for a nighttime stargazing experience. 

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Aspen's DarkSide Ghost Tour

Aspen's DarkSide Ghost Tour

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Get spooky in Aspen with this ghost tour! Timed for nightfall according to season, experience a creepier Aspen as you slip through shadowed streets and into the dark haunts of the past. Experience a thrill as you hear about the gruesome history that created these ghosts, and glance around, wondering where the wraiths will emerge from.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Aspen's Past to Present Historic Tour

Aspen's Past to Present Historic Tour

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Aspen may known for glitz and glamour today, but like many Colorado mountain towns, it started as a humble mining town. Follow your guide as he shares history, local folklore, and insider knowledge of downtown Aspen. The tour happens rain or shine, so dress appropriately for mountain weather changes and come prepared to immerse yourself in local legends.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Aspen Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

Aspen Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

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Hit the slopes before the crowds and spend more time enjoying the mountain with this premium ski and snowboard rental service. Offering top-of-the-line equipment delivered straight to your door and custom-fitted by professionals in the comfort of your own accommodation, you won't have to endure the cold company of other renters wasting slope time by waiting in line.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Aspen's Off the Beaten Path Tour

Aspen's Off the Beaten Path Tour

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Aspen is a city nestled in nature and soaked in history. Get a sense of how the city is situated in time and place with this walking tour. Stroll through the Victorian West End neighborhood and into the John Denver Sanctuary. Learn more about Aspen’s history through its distinct architecture and the natural world.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Aspen Performance Ski Rental Including Delivery

Aspen Performance Ski Rental Including Delivery

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During ski and snowboard season in Aspen the rental shops can be packed and it can take hours to even get the right equipment in order to hit the slopes. Avoid the stress and chaos of a rental shop and opt for this Aspen ski rental with delivery. You’ll get a custom fitting right at your hotel or home, and pickup afterward is just as easy. Plus, you’ll get top-of-the-line equipment and slope-side service during your rental period.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Aspen Performance Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

Aspen Performance Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

If you’re planning on visiting the Aspen skifields but haven’t got your ski or snowboarding equipment yet, avoid the rental shop lines and get gear delivered right to where you’re staying. If you’re not sure of your size, get a custom fitting in your lodge or hotel room. When you need to send the gear back, just make a call: it will be collected direct from your accommodation.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.11
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Aspen Premium Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

Aspen Premium Snowboard Rental Including Delivery

Don't waste another minute waiting in line at the rental shops on your next ski vacation. With premium delivery service, you can place your order for skis, snowboards, boots and helmets before you arrive. Your gear is delivered at a time that’s convenient for you and does a custom fitting while you sit back and relax in your hotel room, condo or vacation home. Returns are just as convenient and easy as delivery.
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  • 5 days
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