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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 Art Museum

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The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Exhibitions: 590 North Mill Street—Nick Relph (November 14, 2014 – March 1, 2015); Agnes Martin (November 14, 2014 - March 1, 2015); The Future Yesterday (November 14, 2014 - November 30, 2014); Gabriel Kuri (December 19, 2014 - March 15, 2015); Décor: A Conquest (December 19, 2014 - March 1, 2015). 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.

Aspen Music Festival and School

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The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States' premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical events every year. During music festivals 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. For concert and ticket information: (970) 925-9042 or www.aspenmusicfestival.com.

AMFS photo by Alex Irvin

Air Denver Charters

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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

T-Lazy-7 Ranch

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T-Lazy-7 Ranch is Aspen's premier snowmobiling tour operator. They offer frequent two-hour snowmobile tours to the world-famous Maroon Bells, with hot refreshments served overlooking Maroon Lake and the majestic "Bells." Also popular is the Klondike Lunch Tour, which leaves twice a day and takes you to a small, cozy cabin offering stunning views of 14,000-ft. Pyramid Peak. The Klondike Lunch Tour is known for its natural, grass-fed beef hamburgers. No experience is necessary. Call early for reservations. Closed on Sunday and Monday, except holidays. Call (970) 925-4614www.tlazy7.com

Aspen | Vail Shuttle & Snow Limousine

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Aspen | Vail Shuttle & Snow Limo offer stylish SUV's and coaches, and knowledgeable drivers make your trip relaxed and fun. With decades of Rocky Mountain driving experience, well-maintained vehicles, and unsurpassed knowledge of the area, their team is dedicated to helping you create your most memorable Colorado experience. Whether you are looking for private services, family excursions, or group and wedding coordination, you can count on Snow Limo's one-of-a-kind Roaring Fork adventures and tours. Call (970) 544-6475 or (877) 634-SNOW or visit www.snowlimoaspen.com.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

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Explore and learn about the Aspen area on guided snowshoe adventures with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)! Join an ACES Naturalist for daily snowshoe hikes on Aspen and Snowmass Mountains, and at the Ashcroft Ski Touring Center. Ski a run with a Naturalist on a free downhill tour offered daily from the Wapiti Wildlife Center at Snowmass. Or, hire an ACES naturalist for private, custom snowshoe hikes! Also at ACES, experience the world travel slide show series, Potbelly Perspectives, on Wednesday evenings, and the ecology-based lecture series, Naturalist Nights on Thursday evenings. For bird watching and more visit Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, or Rock Bottom Ranch, an educational ranch between Basalt and Carbondale. Call (970) 925-5756 or go to www.aspennature.org.

Glenwood Hot Springs

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Welcome to the world's largest hot springs pool. 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)

The Aspen Institute

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The Aspen Institute offers a variety of programs on a range of topics. 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.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

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Nestled in the heart of Snowmass Village, Anderson Ranch is a magical place in the winter. Throughout the fall and winter, the Ranch is open to the public for ongoing gallery exhibits, guest lectures and other events. Join them for these exciting events: December 17 – Holiday Open House (studio tours/shopping, kids' activities, gallery exhibits and a holiday dinner); December 17 – March 30 – Children's Art Program at Snowmass Base Village. January 9 - 11 – Wintersculpt; Most Tuesdays late October through late March – Art Après (tour studios, visit the gallery and shop in their ArtWorks gift store while enjoying winter beverages); Self-guided Ranch Tours – Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; ArtWorks Gift Shop is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

For information, events, workshop calendars and more, visit www.andersonranch.org, or call (970) 923-3181. M-F, 9am – 5pm.

Ashcroft / Pine Creek Cookhouse

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Ski Ashcroft...ski to lunch....ski to dinner... join the sleigh ride adventure with giant horses. This premiere cross-country ski area is located in a pristine Aspen valley. The resort is surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Elk Mountains. Miles of groomed trails offer ski terrain for all levels and there are dedicated trails for snowshoes. Rentals, lessons and guided tours are available.

Pine Creek Cookhouse, the culinary center of the resort, is renowned for mountain gourmet lunches and dinners in the ambiance of the beautiful log lodge. At night, the legendary Aspen adventure is a guided cross-country ski or snowshoe tour by miner's lamp, or sleigh ride, to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Lunch starts at noon... Dinner tours begin at 6:30pm. Star Peak Cabin, a luxury 5 bedroom log lodge, is available for the ultimate overnight adventure.

For reservations and information: (970) 925-1044www.pinecreekcookhouse.com or www.starpeakcabin.com

Western Adventures

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Western Adventures offers snowmobile tours from Lenado, north of Aspen and Snowmass, to Kobey Park, one of Colorado's most scenic areas. Kobey Park has panoramic views of all four ski areas, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capital, Daly and Sopris Peaks. Tours travel on miles of groomed trails with open parks available for some free ride time with a more customized feel. Daily "go on your own" rentals are also available. Tours have U.S.F.S. approval. Phone (970) 923-3337

Aspen/Snowmass On-Mountain Activities

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With over 5,300 acres, a variety of terrain and four unique mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – there's something for everyone at Aspen/Snowmass, and not just on the slopes. If there's a winter playground with a bigger selection of off-snow activities and entertainment, we haven't heard of it. Headliner concerts and events, award-winning family activities and programs, endless shopping and over 100 bars and gourmet restaurants will keep you occupied 'til the wee hours. If you could, you would stay all winter long. (970) 925-1220, www.aspensnowmass.com

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Rock Bottom Ranch Fall Event Oct. 18

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Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver

photographic-works-of-John-Denver-2-thumbThis exhibition features never-before-seen photographs taken by the late singer-songwriter John Denver.

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

Glenwood-caverns-adventure-park-Sunset-Three-Tram-thumbGuests can purchase Funday Passes in advance for $20 by calling (970) 963-9647

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Music 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

1ACES Ed is off to an amazing start to the 2014-15 school year with an expanded staff of 9 full-time Educators.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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