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Make Fall Count in Aspen

Make Fall Count in Aspen
3 days
Fall in Aspen: The weather gets a little crisper, the elk begin to bugle and migrate, and the colors change, blanketing the entire valley in a spectacular yellow gold. With multiple events and outdoor activities to choose from, Aspen is a fall no-brainer.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local: There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Insider's Tip

Getting Around is a Cinch:

Aspen's downtown is about six blocks. If you have the time, you can walk from the east end to the west end in about 15 minutes. The WE-Cycle is bike-share program offers the first 30 minutes of every ride for free. Downtowner is a free electric shuttle that offers rides through the app. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) represents an unparalleled community commitment to public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFTA offers frequent, clean and free transportation to and from the airport, downtown, Woody Creek, the Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village.

Day 1
Activity

John Denver Sanctuary

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The sanctuary's location near the Roaring Fork River makes it an ideal spot for quiet meditation or a family picnic. The Song Garden features many of the iconic singer's lyrics etched into... Read More

Lunch

SO Cafe at Aspen Art Museum

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With unprecedented views of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass, SO features an innovative, rotating weekly menu of local ingredients. Read More
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Ride the Gondola

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Take a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to experience the Aspen’s fall foliage from a bird’s-eye view. If you prefer more of a work out, hike to the top of Ajax, you can always take the gondola back down for free. The Silver Queen Gondola runs on weekends through October 7 from 10am–4pm.
Dinner

Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop

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Located on Restaurant Row in Aspen, Colorado, Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop is a hybrid specialty food store and restaurant. Dine with us in the restaurant or let our culinary team in the... Read More
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Ashcroft Ghost Town

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Once home to two newspapers, 20 saloons, a school and many homes, the silver mining ghost town features the remains of several historic buildings. Seasonal docents from the Aspen Historical... Read More

Lodging

Hotel Aspen

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Breathtaking mountain views. Four mountains for every level of skier. Superb hiking, biking, fishing and more. World-renowned boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Spacious, delightfully... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Spring Cafe

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At Spring Café we believe that food should be beautiful, delicious and fun... Read More
Activity

Aspen Saturday Market

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From mid-June to mid-October spend your Saturday mornings at our Aspen Farmer's Market. It has now become a local's Saturday tradition to stroll through the market and get your fresh veggies... Read More

Insider's Tip

About the Market: The Aspen Saturday Market vendor criteria are very strict — allowing only Colorado-made, grown and produced items.
Lunch

Pyramid Bistro

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Pyramid Bistro is the healthiest restaurant in Aspen. Read More
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Go on a Leaf-Peeping Hike

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One of the easiest and boundless ways to leaf peep in Aspen is to lace up your hiking boots and go! The Capitol Creek valley is stunning in the fall. It’s blanketed in enormous stands of butterscotch aspens that rise up to the jagged, snow-capped Capitol Peak. Hikers can opt to loop onto the Ditch Trail for a 6-mile hike, or push on all the way to Capitol Lake for a full-day, 13-mile out-and-back hike.
Dinner

Bosq Aspen

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Think modern alpine getaway, a clean space with grey washed tones and layers of rich detail to absorb. A space you come to sink into, escape and explore, with waves of intense flavors and smells,... Read More
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Belly Up Aspen

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Belly Up is Aspen's premier live music venue and bar with concerts and events from the biggest performers in the world. Experience the best of Aspen nightlife! Read More
Lodging

Mountain Chalet Aspen

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Aspen's cozy, family-run hotel, located in the heart of town. During your stay you will enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, a fitness... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Jus Aspen

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A small juice bar and cafe serving fresh juice, wraps, sandwiches and salads to smoothies, and acai bowls, all in house, using locally sourced ingredients. Jus also offers homemade goods... Read More

Activity

Aspen Paragliding

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Summer, winter and fall tandem flights off Aspen and/or Snowmass mountains. The average paragliding experience last approximately 2 hours round trip. In-Air flight time depends on conditions but... Read More

Lunch

Ajax Tavern

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The Tavern comes to life at lunch, and the party rolls on well into the night. If you go no further on the menu, try the truffle fries and Ajax double cheeseburger – they earned their reputation.... Read More
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Go Bike Ridin'

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Bike down to Woody Creek Tavern via the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen. The easy 10-mile ride is mostly downhill and leads you along the Roaring Fork River with beautiful views throughout the ride. Locals and visitors love to hang out and enjoy lunch or drinks in this comfortable atmosphere. The home-cooked hideaway in Woody Creek serves up steaks, burgers, Mexican food, and mixes a mean margarita. Rent your bikes from Bike Butlers and call them when you're finished for a transfer back to town if you just want to ride one way.
Dinner

Cache Cache

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Unrelenting emphasis on table service, wine service and the highest quality food which they have never sacrificed.

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Aspen Film Fest

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Check out what's playing during Aspen FilmFest (each September). Aspen Filmfest is an intimate affair that allows participants to view new releases, sneak previews, surprise films and favorites from the festival circuit. Other special events include post-screening dialogues, presentations and opportunities to interact with the filmmakers.
Lodging

The Inn at Aspen

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The Inn at Aspen is Aspen's most affordable, family-friendly resort hotel and is the only ski-in, ski-out hotel located at the base of the Buttermilk Ski Resort (home of the Winter X Games).  It... Read More