Highlights of Aspen
Nestled on the Roaring Fork River in a ravishingly beautiful corner of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,000 feet, Aspen is a city like no other, a world-class destination that has never sacrificed its small-town charms.
Boasting a natural setting of unparalleled splendor and more than three hundred days of sunshine a year, Aspen offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure, including four nearby world-class ski resorts and some of the most beautiful protected wilderness areas in the United States, including the spectacular White River National Forest.
Aspen’s compact downtown with its charming and walkable streets—all just steps from the Mother Lode—has been transformed in recent years into one of the world’s most fashionable shopping districts, where both leading international designers and local talents maintain their exclusive boutiques side by side. The town is equally famous for fine dining, with cuisine for every palate and some of the country’s top chefs, including both established stars and emerging young talents.
With a permanent residential population of under 7,000, Aspen nonetheless also offers abundant cultural opportunities, including a host of world-class art galleries and the programs of several institutions of international renown, such as the Wheeler Opera House (next door to the Mother Lode!), the Aspen Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival.