Aspen Meadows Resort Staff Picks

Discover the top Aspen attractions and the most exciting local events in our monthly Staff Picks blog, where we’ll provide you with tips and tricks on how to get the most of your Colorado getaway.

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    Traveling Through the Independence Pass

    There’s no better time to drive through Colorado’s Independence Pass than in Autumn. Open from the Wednesday before Memorial Day, until the first big snow in November, Independence Pass is perfect for leaf peepers and site-seekers.

    The Independence Pass is not only a shorter and more scenic way to get to Aspen from places like Denver than via I-70 to Highway 82, but it is also the highest paved pass in all of North America.

    Many gems lie along the way of Independence Pass, including designated spots for you to pull over and take in the view. And the very top of Independence Pass is a spot worth stopping at for a photo op.

    If you’d like to stretch your legs and get out in the fresh fall air, try one of Independence Pass’s many hiking trails. Trails to explore include Grottos Trail (and its ice caves), Braille Trail, and Weller Lake Trail.

    Let the Independence Pass guide you through one of the most spectacular drives in all of the United States!

    Please be aware that only vehicles under 35 ft. long are allowed on the Independence Pass.

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    Journey into a Ghost Town

    Once a popular site to mine precious metals, the town of Ashcroft has long been abandoned for more silver pastures, but remnants of the once-booming destination still remain.

    On a tour of this authentic ghost town, you’ll explore the fantastically preserved remains of several historic buildings, such as the Blue Mirror Saloon, the View Hotel, and a post office, built between 1880 and 1885. These buildings once promised a profitable future, but today, they serve as a cautionary reminder of the consequences of greed.

    As quickly as Ashcroft boomed (the streets had been laid out in only two weeks), it collapsed. The mines, which once turned out 14,000 ounces of silver per ton, turned out to be shallow deposits. By the end of 1885, the mines were depleted and only 100 of Ashcroft’s previous 2,000 residents remained.

    Now, the empty town is a breathtaking site for adventure, nestled among alpine meadows and Colorado scenery. Experience a unique piece of our past at this National Register Historic Site, located at the headwaters of Castle Creek just twelve miles from Aspen Meadows Resort.