Luxurious Destinations
Colorado
Destinations Within Colorado

Colorado Trip Itineraries

Top 8 Budget Activities in Aspen

Destination(s): Aspen

Many people think you need to break the bank to have a good time in Aspen but this is simply not the case. With an abundance of free natural beauty and several budget minded eateries and hotels, a trip to Aspen can be memorable for the drive up Independence Pass or a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola. Keep greenbacks in your pocket and enjoy these budget minded activities in Aspen. read more about Top 8 Budget Activities in Aspen

Independence Pass

Independence Pass

  • Highway 82
  • tel:+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611

Topping out at 12,095 ft, Independence Pass is one of the most spectacular mountain roads in America. Breathtaking scenery awaits on the myriad of switchbacks that wind from the Elk Range Mountains in Aspen over the enormous Sawatch Range, where Colorado's tallest peaks stand. There is a parking area at the summit for those who want to snap photographs of the amazing landscape or just take in the incredible panorama. Independence Pass is closed from mid-October to early spring due to heavy snowfall. When it is open, the well-maintained and fully paved road is accessible for all vehicles. read more about Independence Pass

Silver Queen Gondola

Silver Queen Gondola

  • Durant Street & South Hunter Street
  • (behind Ajax Tavern)
  • tel:+1 970 925 1220 / +1 800 525 6200 (Toll free)
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611

Summer is every bit as beautiful as winter in Aspen and the Silver Queen Gondola lets you see it all from the 11,212 ft. summit of Ajax Mountain. This relaxing lift ride takes you above the piney forest below to gorgeous alpine meadows, where wildflower season in late July is a photographer's dream. The Gondola is ideal for those who want to see the high altitude scenery but don't want to fizzle out their legs hiking thousands of vertical feet to do so. read more about Silver Queen Gondola

Boogie's Diner

Boogie's Diner

  • 534 East Cooper Avenue
  • At Hunter
  • tel:1 970 925 6610
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611
Government Trail

Government Trail

  • 806 West Hallam Street
  • (Forest Service Office)
  • tel:+1 970 925 3445
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611
St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums

St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums

  • 334 W HYMAN AVE
  • tel:+1 970 925 3220 / +1 800 817 2069(Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611
Su Casa

Su Casa

  • 315 East Hyman Avenue
  • tel:1 970 920 1488
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611
Independence Ghost Town

Independence Ghost Town

  • 620 West Bleeker St
  • (Aspen Historical Society)
  • tel:+1 970 925 3721 (Aspen Historical Society)
  • Visit website
  • Aspen, 81611

Boomtowns came and went in the 1800s and Independence was one of the more famous ones. Created in the summer of 1879 when local prospectors hit gold veins, the ore extracted from mines equated to over $500,000 in the short 11 year life span of Independence. By 1890, nearly all of the operations were gone and only 5 structures remain standing in the ghost town. Admission is free and the road is only open in the temperate summer months, located 13.5 miles east (towards Indepdence Pass) of Aspen along Highway 82. read more about Independence Ghost Town

Castle Creek Area

Castle Creek Area

  • 620 West Bleeker St
  • (Aspen Historical Society)
  • , 81611