Rio Grande Park
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a 22-acre (10-hectare) wildlife sanctuary that hugs the Roaring Fork River. With a mission...
Aspen Volunteer Fire Department Museum
This gleaming new firehouse has a three-story wing devoted to shedding light on what is still largely a volunteer force, a force first...
A nonprofit theater and drama school that hosts classes, workshops and periodic productions (mostly in the summer and early autumn) from...
The original Colorado link in Matsuhisa Nobu’s iconic global chain that now wraps around the world. This converted house is more...
Rio Grande Park information
Lonely Planet review
Aspen's biggest public park runs along the river, and is bisected by the Rio Grande Trail for 2.1 miles. The park is home to an enticing skate park, outdoor basketball courts, a huge athletic field perfect for football or frisbee, an art museum and sculpture garden, and the John Denver Sanctuary.
Set in a grassy riverside meadow and punctuated by boulders that form a natural amphitheater, the sanctuary is a popular sunbathing spot. Some of the stones are engraved with Denver's lyrics including 'Rocky Mountain High.' This peaceful place, with the mountains looming beyond, may even tempt your snarky, protopunk brain to reevaluate the late artist's musical impact. Or not.