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Old 06-07-2017, 07:38 PM
 
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Among the places I have never visited in Colorado is Aspen. It should be about a three hour drive across to Buena Vista and up over Independence Pass.

My wife and I thought we would make a day trip over there sometime - any time really - during the last couple of weeks in June. If all we do is drive over and back we will enjoy the scenery, so it will be a good day if we do nothing else. But is there anything in particular that we ought to check out while we are there? We do not want to stay overnight, but the days are long this time of year and do not mind to start early and return late.

Non-technical hikes, history, a decent place for lunch, and scenic spots would all be of interest. We are not big on shopping, but if there are one or two must-see stores....

Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:10 PM
 
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springtime in the rockies is all you need to justify a trip to the area ... the scenery is spectacular throughout the region.

numerous decent restaurants to choose from in town.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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You cannot go to Aspen without visiting the Maroon Bells. Iconic Colorado scenery! Check the shuttle bus times and location for pick up since you can't drive there after a certain date.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:21 PM
 
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You cannot go to Aspen without visiting the Maroon Bells. Iconic Colorado scenery! Check the shuttle bus times and location for pick up since you can't drive there after a certain date.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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The John Denver gardens along the river are nice. Definitely try to go to the Maroon Bells.

btw, I don't think the above picture is of the Bells. If it is, it's from a weird angle.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:09 AM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions. I had thought about Maroon Bells, but may decide to come back to spend a day there specifically. Possibly right after Labor Day.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:06 AM
 
Location: South of KC
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Aschroft Ghost Town is neat. It is 11 miles south of Aspen.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:53 PM
 
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Sorry for the delay on the report.

We went to Aspen on Thursday last, as planned. It was one of the most enjoyable days of my life.

The big event for me was the drive from Twin Lakes across Independence Pass and on to Aspen. What a spectacular drive! To me it was more scenic than Rocky Mountain National Park. We did most of it, I think. Hiked around Independence ghost town, saw the cascading snow melt waterfalls, walked up to the lookout at the pass, and watched a couple of moose.

Aspen itself was, well what can you say? You either get it or you don't. I don't. Parking was surprisingly difficult considering it was still early in the season and a weekday (we ended up parking in Buena Vista, if I remember correctly). The visitor center people were very helpful, and we left quite quickly for "******** Ghost Town" and our picnic lunch. This was a great side trip as the scenery was beautiful and the short, easy hike around the site was just wonderful. The day was quite hazy, however, and I was not up to a shuttle up to what was bound to be a fuzzy view of what is reputed to be one of the finest views in Colorado. We will come back in mid October unless the pass closes early.

It was then back to Aspen for a look around the town. Parking was again an issue, but I found a spot near Crested Butte and hiked back. It is interesting to see what can be done with Victorian houses and buildings when hundred dollar bills are be used as a building material. Seriously, the results are literally better than new and I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to see such amazing restorations. We walked somewhat aimlessly around the pedestrian areas and finally threw fiscal cautions to the wind, buying a frozen yogurt apiece. And very good it was, too.

I had wanted to see the Art Museum, but apparently last year's contemporary art was no longer contemporary enough and they were closed for restocking. Or something.

The return drive across Colorado 82 was no less interesting than the trip over. Even the moose were still in place. And so to bed.

High points: Twin Lakes, Independence and "******** Ghost Towns", wildlife, the delightful people at the visitor center, hiking along Castle Creek, dozens of waterfalls, an infinity of wonderful mountain views.

Big surprise: Moose. Signs on Co 82 stating "Road Narrows".

Biggest surprise: The road really does get narrower! For the uninitiated, this is accomplished by the simple expedient of eliminating the centerline. Vehicles meeting oncoming traffic are expected to work something out for themselves.

Low point: None, really. I do not ever have to see the actual town of Aspen again, but it is obvious from the crowds that I am in a distinct minority. And I do plan to go back to see Maroon Bells, if nothing else.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:58 PM
 
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Does anyone - the Moderator, say - have any idea why I cannot post the name of the A S C H R O F T ghost town?
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Old 06-27-2017, 10:05 AM
 
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Does anyone - the Moderator, say - have any idea why I cannot post the name of the A S C H R O F T ghost town?
Probably due to one of these Urban Dictionary meanings of the word: http://tinyurl.com/y8zckke3
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