When traveling to your chosen destination, it crucial that you plan ahead. For example, if you are planning a Winter skiing trip to Aspen, it is important to regularly check weather reports. Due to the high altitude of this magnificent Rocky Mountain resort, sometimes access can be restricted. Unless you are a multi-millionaire that has the funds to charter a private helicopter or jet, it may be useful to familiarize yourself with the transportation options. So, here is a guide to airline access and general ground transportation in Aspen, Colorado.
In Aspen, there is one small airport called Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. Therefore, even getting direct domestic flights can be a bit challenging, never mind travelling from places like Australia. Other things to factor in are extreme weather conditions that could result in closures. Therefore, another option would be to hire a car and drive the four-hour journey to Aspen from Denver International Airport.
Another option from Denver International Airport is to take the shuttle bus to Aspen. Colorado Mountain Express (a division of Epic Mountain Express) runs a scenic bus service to many of the main resorts like Snowmass and Glenwood hotels. Once you arrive in Aspen, there is a free shuttle that will get you comfortably around the city.
During the Summer months, the temperature in Aspen is really pleasant. Therefore, I would recommend renting a bicycle to appreciate the city in its entire picturesque splendour. For the more energetic, there is the option of riding the Rio Grande Trail, a 44-mile track between Aspen & Glenwood Springs.
Over the last few years, I have become very passionate about walking, and in general, the numerous health benefits that accompany it. Aspen is a relatively small city with a central area (Downtown) spanning only 6-blocks. Therefore, you can amble around at a leisurely pace in less than 30-minutes.