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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 | Vail Shuttle & Snow Limousine


Snow Limo Aspen is a full service transportation and tour provider in the Aspen and Vail Valleys. They provide taxi-style door-to-door and airport services throughout the Aspen area including Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Luxury limousine, group and bicycle shuttle services are also available throughout Colorado. With decades of Rocky Mountain driving experience, well-maintained vehicles and unsurpassed knowledge of the area, their team is dedicated to helping you create memorable Colorado experiences. Whether you are looking for private or shared rides, family excursions, or group and wedding services, you can count on Snow Limo Aspen. Be sure to check out their selection of shuttles, adventures, and tours. Call (970) 544-6475 or visit www.snowlimoaspen.com

The Aspen Institute


The Aspen Institute offers a variety of programs on a range of topics. The Aspen Ideas Festival (June 25 – July 4) kicks off with Spotlight: Health, a three-day focus on innovations in 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. Past speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; General Ray Odierno, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. The summer will also feature various seminars and the annual Summer Celebration Gala. All event information: www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents or (970) 544-7970. Tickets are available at www.aspenshowtix.com or (970) 920-5770.

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 July 2-August 23. 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 2015, the program features Verdi’s Aida, violinist Joshua Bell playing and conducting, the Emerson String Quartet, Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires, Wynton Marsalis, pianist John O’Conor, and much more! For concert and ticket information: (970) 925-9042 or www.aspenmusicfestival.com.

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Aspen Historical Society


The Aspen Historical Society operates two museums and two ghost towns, and offers daily tours which include walking, electric vehicle, pub and cemetery tours. In addition, visit the new exhibit “Bests, Firsts & Worsts: Aspen in Objects” at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, learn about the valley’s dynamic history at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, or take guided daily tours in the ghost towns of Independence or Ashcroft. Or join AHS for community programs like Time Travel Tuesdays, Ice Cream Social and Chautauqua Aspen. 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

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


Explore Aspen with ACES on 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 meat, eggs, vegetables, greens, herbs and more, all grown and raised at the Ranch! Join ACES for a variety of community events this summer including the Raptor Fair and Astronomy Night at Hallam Lake and our Farm-to-Table dinners at Rock Bottom Ranch. (970) 925-5756 or www.aspennature.org for more information.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center


Anderson Ranch is a destination for art-making and a catalyst for critical dialogue in the contemporary art world. The Ranch is open to the public, offering an exciting array of experiences for artists and art lovers alike: 140+ summer workshops, Lunchtime Auctionettes (select Fridays), the eight-week 2015 Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations (featuring top contemporary artists and influencers June 24 – August 13), the Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic (August 1) as well as exhibitions and other public events throughout the summer. Starting in June, the Ranch Café is open to the public Monday-Friday for lunch, 12 - 1pm. Unique gifts, artwork and supplies are available in the ArtWorks Store. For information on workshops, events and more, visit www.andersonranch.org, or call (970) 923-3181. Visit/tour, M-F, 9am – 5pm.

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 destination takes advantage of its remarkable terrain by offering limitless on-mountain summer activities. Ride the Elk Camp gondola and chairlift for access to exquisite views, lift-served downhill mountain biking, hiking trails, as well as paintball, disc golf, and locally sourced cuisines at the Elk Camp restaurant. Or head up the Silver Queen Gondola, located in downtown Aspen, to enjoy more hiking, outdoor yoga, lunch at the Sundeck, or live music. The Perfect Summer Package is the best way to experience Aspen Snowmass for the lowest price, combining up to three days of gondola access, a Maroon Bells guided bus tour ticket, all on-mountain activities, plus a $10 lunch voucher for just $30. Bike rental options available. (877) 282-7736 or (970) 923-1227 or www.aspensnowmass.com

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Western Adventures, Inc.


Explore the backcountry with a four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle, an off-road dirt bike motorcycle, or a side by side. Guide yourself with maps and outlines to such popular destinations as Aspen Mountain, Basalt Mountain, The Crown, Triangle Peak, Marble, the Frying Pan, Redstone, Woody Creek, and Independence Pass for a fun family adventure. Try the Honda Ruckus scooters that are great for around town or mild excursions into the back country. These scooters are street legal and don’t require a motorcycle endorsement. Western Adventures, Inc. 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 the Woody Creek location (2” ball required) or rent a truck from them. Delivery service is also available (some restrictions apply). Open Mon-Fri; Sat and Sun service is available by reservation only. Call Western Adventures, Inc at (970) 923-3337 for more information and reservations. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, and cash accepted.

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Air Denver Charters


Tired of airport security lines and airline delays/cancellations? Let Charters by Air Denver speed you on your way in comfort and style. In business for 34 years with a perfect safety record, we have access to more than 18,000 aircraft through some 3900 FAA Certified charter companies. Our prices are very competitive and we offer great Aspen “One-Way Rates” to/from anywhere in North America. Also, when the Aspen Airport closes, we have alternate airports for your use. Attention Fractional Owners – Charters by Air Denver provides the same services as Fractionals, but with availability in hours, not days, and minus the high costs and commitments. Why not let Charters by Air Denver show you how EASY and AFFORDABLE air chartering can be. (800) 333-4057 or (303) 333-3332 24/7/365 – Sales@AirDenver.comwww.AirDenver.com

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 or 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

Chef Megan Rainnie @ The Gourmet Girl on The Go

Gourmet-girl-on-the-go-Megan-Rainnie-thumbFind about Megan Rainnie the founder, personal chef at The Gourmet Girl on the Go, Aspen.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Kicks Off Mountain Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides and Haunted Cave Tours

Celebrate fall throughout October with family-friendly games, hayrides, pumpkins and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. During the last two weekends of the month, the Mountain Fall Festival will include haunted cave tours and Halloween games.


The Aspen Institute to Welcome Senator Mitch McConnell August 12

US-Senator-Mitch-McConnell at AspenInstituteUS Senate Majority Leader to be featured in Hurst Lecture Series conversation. 


Walter Isaacson to Discuss Latest Book, The Innovators, in Basalt, CO

Ann Korologos Gallery to host Aspen Institute President and CEO for book talk/signing. aspen-institute-logo


The Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Opens Saturday, July 18

Colorado's newest hot springs features 16 thermal mineral water soaking pools and a freshwater family pool with a whirlpool spa on the bank of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.


DogsFirst Fair to Benefit Aspen Historical Society

Aspen-Historical-Society-Dallas-Seavey"DogsFirst," a celebration of dog-sledding and its history in the valley benefitting the Aspen Historical Society on June 18, 2015.


Music on the Mountain Returns to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park for Seventh Season

The series begins Fri., May 22, with Beatles tribute band Doctor Robert. Guests can ride the tram and attend the mountain-top concerts free with the donation of canned food items for the LiftUp food pantry.


Aspen Art Museum: New Exhibits

Aspen Art Museum 90The debut of three new exhibitions begins with a free public reception this Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m.


Red Brick Summer Art Camps

20150314RedBrickSummerArtCamps smRegistration now open for our SUMMER ART CAMPS for Pre-Teens and Kids. We've got four exciting camps coming to the ARTfactory at the Red Brick! Our camps are small group style, with a maximum of 12 kids per camp.


AAM Presents Ali Subotnick

20150224 AAM Ali Subotnick smAli Subotnick: Curataor Talk.  


Presenting Time Travel Tuesday

20150223 Time Travel TuesdayAspen Historical Society welcomes you to Time Travel Tuesday.  Experts will be on hand to discuss the progression in gear and how it has changed the way we ski, and the types of injuries we experience.  



Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House for 2014

Anderson-Ranch-Holiday-Open-House-thumbHoliday Open House of Anderson Ranch is on Dec 16, 2014 from 4.30 pm to 7pm.


Renovation and Expansion Will Soon Be Underway at Pitkin County Library

pitkin-county-library-renovation-thumbFor the lasting benefit of the entire community, renovation and expansion of Pitkin County Library will soon be underway.


ACES Announces New Pop-up Farm Stand at Hallam Lake

ACES-RBR-Produce-thumbThe new Rock Bottom Ranch Farm Stand of ACES will be open at Hallam Lake on Fridays through November, feature local, sustainably grown meats, produce, honey, and more. 




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