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Roaring Fork Valley - Aspen • Snowmass • Basalt • Carbondale • Glenwood Springs

The Golden Key Concierge Guide has been helping visitors to Aspen, Snowmass Village and the Roaring Fork Valley plan their vacation since 1991. Find recommendations for lodging, dining, shopping and activities neatly organized and easy to find here. Let the Golden Key be your guide!

Aspen Whitewater Rafting


Aspen Whitewater Rafting is owned and operated by longtime local guides who have a professional staff that has been guiding Colorado rivers for over 25 years. They offer amazing whitewater rafting and inflatable kayak (ducky) adventures on the Roaring Fork, Arkansas and Colorado rivers. Aspen Whitewater provides an outstanding whitewater experience for individuals, families, and groups. They run a variety of river trips from mild class II / III trips, which are perfect for families, to class IV / V adventures for those looking for more excitement. They provide top-notch service, professional guides, new equipment, delicious riverside lunches, and all the gear needed for the river. Phone (866)-37-RIVER or (970) 920-3511, or visit www.aspenwhitewater.com

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Ashcroft / Pine Creek Cookhouse


Located at the base of spectacular 14,000-foot peaks in Aspen’s Castle Creek Valley, the legendary Pine Creek Cookhouse serves gourmet lunches and dinners in a log lodge or outside patio. Ashcroft Adventure activities include guided tours on scenic trails and fishing the numerous beaver ponds. Visit the historic ghost town of Ashcroft…then hike to lunch & dinner along Castle Creek, an adventure for all ages. Sunset children’s activities include guided wildlife viewing, fishing lessons, and wagon rides. Reservations are suggested, for lunch and dinner. (970) 925-1044 or www.pinecreekcookhouse.com

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


Explore Aspen with ACES on our free Naturalist-guided hikes at popular spots like Aspen and Snowmass mountains, the Maroon Bells, and Snowmass' Ice Age dig. Or discover the Ashcroft Ghost Town and enjoy lunch or dinner at Pine Creek Cookhouse on our Green World Day Hike or River Run Sunset Hike. Sign up for our camps and classes for an exciting summer of outdoor exploration for all ages, or hire a guide for a private, build-your-own Aspen adventure! Visit Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, or Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, offering Farm Tours at 11AM. While you're there, stock up on RBR chicken, pork, lamb, eggs, vegetables, and cut flowers! Join ACES for a variety of community events this summer including the Raptor Fair at Hallam Lake and our Farm to Table dinners at Rock Bottom Ranch. Visit www.aspennature.org for more information. (970)925-5756

Aspen Music Festival and School


The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States' premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season, from June 26-August 17. Led by Music Director Robert Spano, the institution brings together 630 pre-professional students from more than 40 countries, joining them with over 200 guest artists and artist-faculty members. This signature mix of uniting education and performance gives Aspen events a special energy that permeates all the Festival offerings including symphonic and chamber music concerts, solo recitals, vocal programs, fully-staged operas, children's programs, public master classes, lectures, and backstage tours. In 2014, the Aspen Music Festival and School explores the great sweep of Romanticism in music, starting in the eighteenth century and continuing on through the brilliant "New Romantic" composers of today. For concert and ticket information: (970) 925-9042 or www.aspenmusicfestival.com.

AMFS photo by Alex Irvin

Aspen Art Museum


The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Exhibitions: 590 North Mill Street—Ernesto Neto (June 6–September 2, 2014); Beginning August 9 at the New AAM / 637 E. Hyman Avenue—Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture (through October 5, 2014), Cai Guo-Qiang (through October 10, 2014), Tomma Abts (through October 26, 2014), Rosemarie Trockel (through October 26, 2014), Yves Klein/David Hammons (through November 30, 2014), Jim Hodges: With Liberty and Justice for All (through January 15, 2015), Special Event: New AAM Grand Opening Celebration (August 9, 2014) FREE and open to the public beginning at 5pm. Museum Hours (590 North Mill location): Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, Thursday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, noon-6pm. Thursdays 5-7pm, AAM admission is free courtesy of Amy and John Phelan. (970) 925-8050, www.aspenartmuseum.org.

Photograph: Karl Wolfgang. Rendering: Courtesy of the AAM and Shigeru Ban Architects.


Air Denver Charters


Are you tired of long security lines, airline delays and/or cancellations? If so, contact Air Denver for your charter needs. Call for great Aspen "one-way" rates or from anywhere in North America. With over 18,000 aircraft to choose from, Air Denver can easily accommodate your needs. As a "Charter Referral Service", they make chartering affordable. There are no memberships, deposits, monthly dues or aircraft acquisition fees, just excellent service at the lowest price available. Office hours are 7am-5:30pm, Mountain Time, Monday-Friday. They are available 24/7/365 for your immediate needs at (800) 333-4057 or (303) 333-3332. www.airdenver.com, email: sales@airdenver.com

Anderson Ranch Arts Center


Anderson Ranch provides transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making, creative dialog and community. Located on a beautiful, historic 5-acre mountain ranch, the Ranch offers 145 summer workshops, artists' residencies, artists' lectures, exhibitions and public events. In summer, Lunchtime Auctionettes (selected Fridays) are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a barbecue lunch ($10) and purchase original artwork by faculty and visiting artists; the ArtWorks Store features artwork, gifts and art supplies. Top contemporary artists present their works in the Featured Artists Lecture Series. On Saturday, August 9th, enjoy the Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic, over 200 pieces of art by renowned artists in silent and live auctions with a picnic lunch. Starting in June, the Ranch Café is open to the public Monday-Friday for lunch, 12 - 1pm. For information, events, workshop calendars and more, visit www.andersonranch.org, or call (970) 923-3181. Visit/tour, M-F, 9am – 5pm.

The Aspen Institute


The Aspen Institute offers a variety of programs on a range of topics. The Aspen Ideas Festival (June 24 – July 3) introduces a 2 ½ day expansion, Spotlight: Health. Passes are available for this session as well as 50+ public events. The Institute continues its engagement with the Aspen community through the McCloskey Speaker Series, Hurst Lecture Series, Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series, and New Views Documentaries & Dialogue presented with Aspen Film. Past speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; Admiral Mike Mullen, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. The summer will also feature various seminars and the annual Summer Celebration Gala. All Aspen event information: www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents or (970) 544-7970. Tickets are available at www.aspenshowtix.com or (970) 920-5770.

Aspen Historical Society


The Aspen Historical Society operates four sites and offers weekly adult programming and tours. Explore the historic West End neighborhood with a walking tour or visit town in the comfort of an electric history coach. In addition, learn about Ute history and culture at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, visit the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, or take a guided tour in the ghost towns of Independence or Ashcroft. For more information, visit www.aspenhistory.org or call (970) 925-3721.

Blazing Adventures Activity Center


One stop shopping for the Valley's most popular activities. Whitewater Rafting ▪ Inflatable Kayaks ▪ Downhill/Single-track Bicycle Tours ▪ Backcountry Jeep/Scenic Tours ▪ Hikes ▪ Mountain Sunset Dinners ▪ Flyfishing ▪ Ballooning ▪ Horseback Riding and more. Professionally guided tours offered daily. The largest selection of raft and outdoor adventures catering to all levels. Outstanding guides and fully catered meal options. Locals' Choice Award: Favorite Rafting 2011 - Aspen Times. Bundle activities and save $$. The Valley's original rafting company since 1973. Located at the base of the gondola in Aspen and on the Snowmass Village Mall. (970) 923-4544 or (800) 282-RAFT (7238), www.blazingadventures.com

Western Adventures

Explore the backcountry with a four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle, an off-road dirt bike motorcycle, or side by side. Guide yourself with maps and outlines to popular destinations such as Marble, the Frying Pan, Redstone, Woody Creek or Independence Pass for a fun family adventure. Try their Honda Ruckus scooters that are great for around town or mild excursions into the back country. The scooters are street legal and don't require a motorcycle endorsement. Western Adventures supplies you with all you need for a scenic tour of your choice. Private lands are also available. You can pick up the vehicles at their yard (2" ball required) or rent a truck from them. Delivery is available (some restrictions apply). Weekend service available by advance reservations. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Contact Western Adventures at (970) 923-3337 for more information and reservations. Visa, Mastercard, Amex accepted.
Photo by DN

Glenwood Hot Springs


The world's largest hot springs pool celebrates its 125th birthday this summer! Whether you play for a day or stay for a while, there's a wide array of amenities to enjoy. Lodging includes unlimited pool access, complimentary full breakfast and discounts to the Athletic Club and the award-winning Spa of the Rockies. Family fun includes two water slides, 18 holes of mini-golf and a kiddie pool. The Sport Shop offers the largest selection of swimwear on the Western Slope, while The Grill dishes up poolside favorites from ice cream and burgers to healthy salads. Visit www.hotspringspool.com for special packages. Call (800) 537-7946 (SWIM)

Aspen/Snowmass On-Mountain Activities


Aspen/Snowmass puts its adventurous spirit on full display each summer, and for good reason. Set against the spectacular Elk Mountains, this world-famous ski resort takes advantage of its remarkable terrain by offering limitless on-mountain summer activities. Ride the Elk Camp Gondola for access to exquisite mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as paintball, disc golf, a dozen other fun pursuits, and locally sourced cuisine at Elk Camp. Or head up the Silver Queen Gondola, right out of downtown Aspen, to enjoy more hiking, outdoor yoga, lunch at the Sundeck or live music. The resort's Perfect Summer Package combines three days of gondola access (and all on-mountain activities), a guided bus tour of the Maroon Bells, plus a $10 lunch voucher for just $29. (877) 282-7736, (970) 923-1227 or www.aspensnowmass.com

Capitol Peak Outfitters


Join Capitol Peak and Aspen Wilderness Outfitters in the most beautiful backcountry Colorado has to offer. Their horseback, fishing and camping trips take place in the heart of the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness and the Hunter Frying Pan Wilderness areas. Experienced guides offer daily 2, 3, or 4 hour rides, as well as breakfast and dinner rides to their authentic tent camp. For the more adventurous, Capitol Peak offers full day and overnight pack trips, with great cooks, to backcountry western style camps. Ask them about adding spin or fly fishing to your horseback adventure. Non-horseback overnight camping trips to wilderness areas can also be arranged. Take advantage of the best horses, guides and scenery in western Colorado. Phone (970) 928-0723 or visit www.capitolpeak.com for more information.

Mon Oct 20 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Nature and Me
Mon Oct 20 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
French Chat
Mon Oct 20 @ 5:15PM - 06:30PM
Yoga with Meggan Bly-Humphrey
Mon Oct 20 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Athens to Aspen: The Enlightenment, Shakespeare and the American Democratic Experiment
Mon Oct 20 @ 7:30PM -
The Skeleton Twins

Anderson Ranch Hosts Reception for Beyond Stasis

Anderson-Ranch-Andrea-Wallace-The-BraidPress release for Beyond Stasis by Andrea Wallace and Rick Dailey. The reception will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 5 - 7 pm at the Patton-Malott Gallery.


Rock Bottom Ranch Fall Event Oct. 18

untitled1WJoin ACES on Saturday, October 18 from 12 - 5 pm to celebrate fall at Rock Bottom Ranch with a truly unique event for the whole valley!


Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver

This exhibition features never-before-seen photographs taken by the late singer-songwriter John Denver and will be on view Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1 – 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Hosts Fundraiser for Carbondale Community School on Sun., Oct. 5

Guests can purchase Funday Passes in advance for $20 by calling 970-963-9647; 100 percent of the proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Carbondale Community School.


Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Wraps Up 2014 Series on Sat., Sept. 20, with The Missing Link Band

The Missing Link Band 2014Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Wraps Up 2014 Series on Sat., Sept. 20, with The Missing Link Band



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ACES Ed Update

ACES Ed is off to an amazing start to the 2014-15 school year! With an expanded staff of 9 full-time Educators, we look forward to our second year teaching full-time environmental science at Crystal River Elementary, our third year at Basalt Elementary, and over 35 years with the A1spen School District!

Our new education staff brings a strong and diverse background, with many Educators holding either teaching licenses, Masters degrees in education, or Spanish language fluency. Check out the bios of our team here.

This August we also launched a new partnership with Western State University, enabling ACES Educators to pursue a Masters degree program during their employment at ACES. Jay Slater is the first Educator to enroll in this professional development opportunity which we are thrilled to be able to offer our staff.

With field programs at the Maroon Bells, Hallam Lake, and Rock Bottom Ranch all starting in the coming weeks, ACES Ed looks forward to 2014-15 as our best year yet.

Plans are Underway to Redevelop Historic Iron Mountain Hot Springs at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

2tram webOwners envision a family pool and four smaller relaxation pools on the bank of the Colorado River at the site of the former Iron Springs Spa in Glenwood Springs.


Caleb Dean Band at Glenwood Caverns on Sat., Aug. 23

2tram webMusic on the Mountain Continues at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with the Caleb Dean Band on Sat., Aug. 23. Guests can ride the tram or bus and attend the concert free with the donation of canned food items for the LiftUp food pantry.


Already Gone Takes the Stage Sat., Aug. 16, for Music on the Mountain

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Glenwood Caverns guests can ride the tram or bus and attend the concert free with the donation of canned food items for the LiftUp food pantry. Can-for-a-tram rides begin at 4 p.m.; Already Gone performs from 6 to 10 p.m.


Anderson Ranch Arts Center presents Making the Change They Want to See

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As the final event of the summer series, on Wednesday, August 13 – Thursday, August 14, Anderson Ranch will host a two-day symposium on social practice art entitled Making the Change They Want to See.


Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Resumes Aug. 9 with Fifty50

Fifty50-K3Music on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Resumes Aug. 9 with Fifty50. Attend the concert free with the donation of canned food items for the LiftUp food pantry. Ride the tram free.


2014 National Artist Honoree Theaster Gates presents at Anderson Ranch

Anderson-Ranch-Theaster-Gates-thumbAnderson Ranch Arts Center will host Theaster Gates, July 19, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. at Schermer Meeting Hall.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Introduces Friday Afternoon Club on the Mountain

Glenwood-caverns-adventure-park-Sunset-Three-Tram-thumbThe Locals' Choice for Best Place to View a Sunset and Best Music Venue, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park hosts Friday Afternoon Club on the Mountain.


Anderson Ranch's NEW Conversation Series presents 'A Conversation with Debra and Dennis Scholl'

Anderson-Ranch-Arts-Center-Debra-and-Dennis-Scholl-thumbAnderson Ranch Arts Center presents A Conversation with Debra and Dennis Scholl, Moderated by Dean Sobel


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