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Top 10 Spots to Capture the Perfect Instagram in Aspen

Your friends are sure to “double tap” on these year-round, Insta-worthy locations in Aspen.

John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen
John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen
The Maroon Bells near Aspen
The Maroon Bells near Aspen
Historic downtown Aspen
Historic downtown Aspen

Maroon Bells
As one of the most photographed spots in North America, these twin fourteeners (peaks 14,000 feet or higher) and their surrounding open meadows, lakeside sunrises and alpine landscapes are a sure way to get your likes to hit double digits. 

Smuggler Mountain Observation Deck
With spectacular vistas of Aspen Mountain rising out of town, show your followers that the hike to the summit was worth it for a stunning snapshot. Bonus: Hike up just in time for sunset to see picturesque hues of orange and pink set the town aglow.  

Continental Divide/Independence Pass
The midway point between Aspen and Twin Lakes provides ample parking and a sprawling 360-degree panorama, so you have multiple chances to catch a flawless Rocky Mountain scene.  

Top of the Ute Trail
If you’re able to conquer the difficult 1,000 vertical feet in a 0.9-mile climb, show off to your athleticism to followers and showcase a view of Aspen looking up Independence Pass. 

Dancing Fountain
Not only ideal for cooling off on a hot summer day, this water feature also offers an opportunity to shoot your family and friends dancing in the waters of the Hyman Avenue Fountain.  

Hyman Avenue Bear
While we don’t recommend getting a picture with a real black bear (see wildlife safety tips here), we do suggest taking a selfie with the “nail bear” located on Hyman Avenue Mall. 

Top of Aspen Mountain
Hiking or riding the gondola up to the top is a must for anyone interested in bagging spectacular views of the town and surrounding peaks.

Historic Downtown Aspen
Immerse yourself in Aspen’s signature culture by posing at iconic spots such as the Wheeler Opera House or in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome.

Red Butte Trail
This quick 0.6-mile trail offers gorgeous sights of red-hued mounds, downtown Aspen and the Aspen Golf Course, not to mention views of the surrounding summits that will make any follower envious.

John Denver Sanctuary
Named after the acclaimed songwriter and environmentalist, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular things to see in Aspen. Featuring a large perennial flower garden and lyrics from the artist’s most beloved songs etched in stone, it’s easy to snag a flawless image.

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A version of these article originally appeared on Aspen Chamber’s website.