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History Buff

History Buff

One of the biggest differences that set us apart from many mountain resorts is our rich history. Want to know a bit about the mining days? Or the wild west? Or how World War II was influential in making Aspen, Aspen? Follow our tips below and find out!

 

10 am

Hike the Hunter Creek Loop starting on the Hunter Creek Trail and connecting with Smuggler Mountain Road for the downhill portion of the loop. This will bring you past the historic Smuggler Mine at the base of Smuggler Mountain Road just before you finish your hike.  

12 pm

Pack a picnic to enjoy at the ghost town of Ashcroft, located at the end of Castle Creek Road, or the ghost town of Independence for lunch and to explore the remains from Aspen's mining days. 

1:30- 2:30 pm

Take an Aspen Historical Society tour of the Hotel Jerome. $15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) / Free for Hotel Jerome guests. Tuesdays and Thursdays Only. On Wednesday’s enjoy the free tour of the Wheeler Opera House.

4 pm

The Aspen Historical Society's Wheeler-Stallard Museum and Holden Marolt Mining Museum are both wonderful options to spend the afternoon glancing back in time at the good old days in Aspen.

6 pm 

Catch a show at the historic Wheeler Opera House, Aspen’s favorite year-round performance venue, for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera and more.  

8 pm

Enjoy dinner at the Hotel Jerome’s historic J-Bar or their fine dining restaurant, Prospect.

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