sights & culture

Nowhere else but in Aspen does haute couture & haute cuisine mix so casually with bearded bro-bras and Colorado microbrews. Aspen is a world community at the crossroads of wild mountain and electric city. It’s a place where you can learn about local mining history in the morning and view internationally-recognized art in the afternoon. Where picking up a new hobby and exploring your creativity are one and the same. And where majestic mountain scenery can mean anything from glorious peaks and natural wildlife to beautiful people and larger-than-life characters. Aspen is a gathering place for the brave and the bright. Welcome.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE MOUNTAIN TOWN 

ART

Stroll through Aspen Art Museum's ever-changing program of international contemporary artists, or take a tour of Aspen's many high-end galleries. Attend a summer workshop at Anderson Ranch. Or visit the Red Brick Center for the Arts, which supports local artists with programs, scholarships and educational opportunities.

CULTURE

The Aspen Institute hosts seminars, policy programs, public conferences and events. Learn all about Aspen’s rich history at both the Wheeler-Stallard and Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching museums. Aspen Words, formerly known as "Aspen Writers’ Foundation," is one of the nation’s leading literary centers. Check out their new site to learn about their year-round programs featuring the most provocative authors of our day. 

DANCE

Enjoy a contemporary ballet company nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains known for its global choreographers, groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers. For nearly two decades, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company has been a polished jewel at the heart of the rugged American West.

MUSIC

During its 8-week summer program, the Aspen Music Festival and School presents more than 300 classical music events, featuring the top musicians from around the world. Many events are free - and a concert on the lawn with a picnic is a can't-miss activity each summer. Jazz lovers won’t want to miss Jazz Aspen Snowmass—a year-round festival of sound. And the Wheeler Opera House, one of Aspen’s most beloved buildings, will delight you.

FILM + THEATRE

Original content is king at Aspen Film. Since 1979, the organization has been a pioneer in featuring regional works that might not otherwise be available to a wider audience. Theatre Aspen is the home of theatrical productions, new play development initiatives and education programs.

SCENIC ATTRACTIONS

The most photographed peaks in North America are right here in our backyard. Surrounded by pristine National Forest, the Maroon Bells rise 14,000 feet above the glacial valley floor. Maroon Lake, encircled by fields of wildflowers, perfectly mirrors the Maroon Bells in its waters.

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ride and dine dinner series at the little nell in aspen
Ride and Dine
We invite all levels of cyclists to join us on a journey from The Little Nell by bike to arrive at Toklat Chalet in Ashcroft for an al fresco dinner, prepared by our element 47 chefs. The bike ride is 13 miles, with return transportation to The Nell provided.
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Summer Adventures
Sunny skies and blooming wildflowers set the ideal atmosphere for a Summer Adventure in Aspen! Cast your line into any of the Valley's Gold Medal Waters, elevate your perspective with an off road tour to the top of Aspen Mountain, or venture on a stargazing tour with our expert guide.
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Clip-In with Christian September 2017
Clip-In with Christian Cycling Camp Returns to The Little Nell in Fall 2017! Ride Aspen's most famed roads with Christian Vande Velde, Craig Lewis and Ryder Hesjedal. Camp includes luxury accommodations, dining, riding apparel, nutrition plan and more.


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