Over the last few months, I have written a number of articles about Aspen, and am now absolutely captivated by this city. Prior to ever visiting, I had a preconception about this luxurious ski resort city. However, this amazing place has a rich history dating back to the Colorado Silver Rush in the late nineteenth century. It also has a broad range of activities for all seasons and age groups. That is why it attracts millions of tourists a year, who flock to this historic city to revel in the vibrant atmosphere.
Here are 15 fun facts about Aspen that will almost certainly entice you to travel to this exciting city in the very near future.
Even though Aspen has an abundance of small-town charm, there are many exclusive boutiques like Prada and Gucci for shopaholics.
Geographically, Aspen might not be a particularly large city, but it does have around 100 bars and restaurants that cater to all demographics.
The Hotel Jerome
The Hotel Jerome was opened in 1889 in downtown Aspen, and was the first establishment to install an elevator west of the Mississippi.
Legendary singer, John Denver was so captivated by the beauty of Aspen, he resided there and even wrote a hit song called “Rocky Mountain High.”
Aspen’s primary skiing area, Snowmass is so large you could fit 36 Disneyland resorts in it quite comfortably.
Due to the Silver Boom in 1887, Aspen became the first town in Colorado to supply electricity to the whole of its 8,000 residents.
Impressively, Aspen’s formidable Independence Pass has a summit of 12,095 feet making it the highest mountain pass in Colorado.
‘The Shining Mountains’
The Ute Indians affectionately called Aspen ‘The Shining Mountains’ because of its silver mines.
As well as being the world’s largest mineral pool, Glenwood Springs (also known as Yampah by the Ute Indians) is also one of the hottest in Colorado.
Aspen Winter Weather
Aspen is situated 7,945 Feet above sea level so the weather in Winter can drop to a chilly 0°F.
Average Aspen Snow Fall
One of the main reasons that tourists flock to Aspen is for skiing activities. In an average year, this luxury resort town can expect about 300 inches of snowfall.
Even though Aspen attracts tourists from around the globe, the town only has a modest 5,914 permanent residents.
Tuesday Cruise day
Tuesday Cruise day is a weekly bike ride hosted by the Aspen Brewery. Every week, hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists enjoy a cold beer (or two) while taking in some wonderful local scenery.
Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains that are an absolute favorite with budding photographers.
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen Art Museum attracts contemporary artists from around the world and was designed by renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban.