Let’s just start with Maroon Bells. It’s so famous as a picture post card spot. It’s so majestic. It’s just so OMG! We’re happy to say that Doug’s picture of Maroon Bells made the local news.
Go very early in the morning. Go at sunset. Just go. The times we have been there it has been very un-populated with local spectators. It has been remarkably shy of people. This is what makes this place soooo amazing. There is the lake. There is the beaver lodge. There are the trails. There is Crater Lake. There is the wildlife, like blue heron, and geese. There is an abundance of flora and fauna. There is peace and tranquility. Don’t ever come here without a camera.
You can hike here. You can fish here. If you are especially outdoor/hiking inclined, you can backpack in here. You can walk and you can hike. You can just stand at the lake and look at the Maroon Bells and just take it all in. This is Colorado at it’s finest. This place alone is worth the trip to Aspen.
The town of Aspen is like none other. It has all the high priced stores you’ve heard the names of. There are plenty of restaurants. (Our Favorite is Little Annie’s Eating House) There is an abundance of gazillion dollar homes. There are also many back streets that have such charm and Victorian homes that make walking the streets a sensory trill. Try not to look at the price tags on the homes for sale. Look at the architecture. Look at the gardens. Look at how they decorate the gardens.
Did you know there is actually camping – Forest Service Camping Grounds in Aspen??? The Difficult campground is really nice. It has all the amenities of most Forest Service campgrounds. Along Maroon Creek, leading up to Maroon Bells also has campgrounds but you’ll need reservations in the summer. Camping will make your trip to Aspen much more affordable. While there are many rental condos/homes available – it is, afterall, Aspen, and it can be expensive. I’ll recommend Snowmass (the ski village right next door) as a less expensive alternative if you’d prefer a condo for your stay. The place we love is the Crestwood Condos. They have great package deals and it has been recently renovated inside and out!!! One time we stayed at Silvertree Hotel which was also nice.
I encourage anyone who is vacationing in Colorado to make the stop in Aspen. It’s beautiful. You’ll probably never see a movie star, but there is so much more to experience there. It’s definitely one of my favorite places go to.
Aspen has 4 world class ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass (the second largest ski area in the USA).
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