By The Numbers: Annual Aspen Fact Sheet

Life in the 81611: The Who, What, Where, Why & How of Aspen






Located in Pitkin County, Aspen is nestled in the heart of the White River National Forest surrounded by the peaks of the Elk Mountain Range in the central Rocky Mountains.




More than a century ago, silver prospectors braved the wilderness of the upper valley of the Roaring Fork River, entering a favorite summer hunting ground of the Ute Indians to discover one of the richest silver lodes in the world. In a few short years, Aspen’s silver mines would produce nearly $100 million of silver ore.


Aspen was founded in 1880. By the time the first ski runs were developed in the late 1930s, the town already had a 60-year-old history marked by its surroundings, historic buildings and character. This establishment and the visionary guidance of community leaders in the 1940s and 1950s made Aspen an enclave for art, science and culture.


Sister Cities:

Aspen Sister Cities’ mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and community members from Aspen and Aspen’s respective sister cities. Aspen sister cities include Bariloche, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Davos, Shimmukappu and Queenstown, New Zealand.





Aspen is in the southeastern end of the Roaring Fork Valley, 220 miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles southeast of Grand Junction.


Highway 82 is the major roadway leading in and out of Aspen connecting to Interstate I-70 at Glenwood Springs to the north and 12,095-foot Independence Pass to the south.


Another scenic route from Denver is 1-70 West to 91 South, through Leadville, to 24 South, then west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass. (The Pass is open only from May through October.)



7,908 feet / 2,422 meters at Aspen’s base elevation


Mountains: Aspen is home to seven 14ers: North Maroon Bells, South Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capitol, Castle and Snowmass in the Elk Mountain Range and La Plata, located just over the Independence Pass.


Rivers: Roaring Fork, Castle Creek, Hunter Creek, Maroon Creek


Airline Access:









Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is the local airport, located only three miles from downtown Aspen.


Aspen is served by United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.


Aspen is a 30-minute flight from Denver International Airport (DEN) via United Express, which offers six to 11 daily flights, or is a 3.5-hour, 220-mile drive from Denver.


There is also non-stop service from Los Angeles on United Airlines and American Airlines and seasonal service from Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul to Aspen on Delta Air Lines. In addition, there are flights from Dallas to Aspen on American Airlines and from Houston to Aspen on United Airlines.


On-demand air charter service is also available through Aspen Base Operation, the privately owned component of Aspen’s air transfer.


A popular air service alternative is Eagle County Airport (EGE) located 78 miles from Aspen.

Ground Transportation:


Most hotels, shops and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance, and taxis, limos and hotel courtesy vans provide service to and from the Aspen airport and around town. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) provides extensive bus service between Aspen and Snowmass, as well as service to other Roaring Fork Valley communities including Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. RFTA shuttles depart from the Rubey Park Transit Station, located on Durant Avenue at least twice per hour from 6 a.m. – 2:15 a.m. daily. Service is free around town and as far as Brush Creek Intercept Lot / Snowmass.


Amtrak has a train station in Glenwood Springs, CO.


Size and Population:


The City of Aspen spans 3.66 square miles.


Year-round population of the City of Aspen proper is approximately 6,658, and the population of the upper Roaring Fork Valley including Aspen, Snowmass, Woody Creek and unincorporated Pitkin County is approximately 10,000.


High-season population is approximately 27,000.


The average daily population in Aspen is 20,871. Generally, the heaviest days for visitation during the summer occur during July and early August.

















Characteristic of high altitudes with dry air, low humidity and intense sunshine, Aspen boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine annually.


In the spring, temperatures during the day range from 50 degrees to 70 degrees and drop to 40 degrees and below at night.


Summer weather is warm and dry with temperatures occasionally as high as 85 degrees during the day. Brief afternoon showers and thunderstorms are frequent. Evening temperatures may drop below 50 degrees.


The last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October are noted for the intense fall foliage. Temperatures range from 60 to 70 degrees in the daytime, and evening temperatures range from 30 to 40 degrees.


Aspen offers approximately 50 lodging properties ranging from affordable to luxury.

Stay Aspen Snowmass is the official central reservations desk for Aspen and Snowmass. (; 888.670.0788)




400+ miles hiking and biking trails 


Fast Facts:


Restaurants/Bars: Approximately 80

Shops/Boutiques: Approximately 235

Grocery/Convenience Stores: 3



Summer activities in Aspen include: hiking, road and mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling, fly-fishing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, paragliding, and four-wheeling.





Aspen Recreation Center; Aspen Historical Society; Day Camps: Ajax Adventure Camp, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Theatre Aspen, Aspen Art Museum, Rio Grande Skate Park; Silver Queen Gondola rides.

Additional Amenities:


Dog friendly? Yes. Many lodges accept dogs.


Smoking regulations? Yes. In 2006, Colorado Governor Bill Owens signed the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars. Smoking is still allowed at The Cigar Bar in Aspen, a cigar-tobacco bar, exempt from the new law.


Marijuana – For information on recreational marijuana use in the Aspen area, which was legislated under Colorado Law Amendment 64, visit


Aspen Valley Hospital
Pharmacies – Carl’s Pharmacy, City Market Pharmacy, Clark’s Pharmacy
Recreation Centers (public) – Aspen Recreation Center, Red Brick Recreation Center
Golf course (public): Aspen Golf Course
Parks: 30
Skating rinks (public): Indoor rinks—Lewis Ice Arena and Aspen Ice Garden; outdoor rink—Silver Circle Ice Rink (seasonal) and ARC (seasonal)
Tennis court facilities (public): Numerous around town and Har-Tru courts at Aspen Golf and Tennis Club
Library: Aspen/Pitkin County Library is in the center of town and includes a children’s library on the lower level
Fitness facilities (public and private):  Aspen Recreation Center, Jean Robert’s Gym, Maroon Creek Club, 02 Aspen, Snowmass Club, Snowmass Recreation Center
Soccer fields
Sand volleyball courts
Alpine gardens
Outdoor amphitheater
Open space
Recreational paths


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