Aspen offers one of the most beautiful mountain settings in the world. From the mountain peaks to deep in the Roaring Fork Valley, there are so many stunning views. The winter season snow brings out something truly special in Aspen. Here are some of my favorite scenic spots this time of year:
Independence Pass is already closed to cars for the winter season and won’t reopen until around the end of May. However, if you want to see the Continental Divide, mining ruins and some of the most breathtaking views, you can still park at the gate and snowshoe or cross-country ski up the road. Earmark the location for your summer visit, as this is a popular destination for bicyclists and sightseers. At the peak the elevation is over 12,000 feet above sea level and is truly breathtaking! Learn more.
One of the most iconic scenes in the Aspen/Snowmass area is the Maroon Bells. Millions of pictures are taken of the mountains and Maroon Lake all year round. The winter snow blankets the slopes and makes the views here even more amazing. Learn more.
Silver Queen Gondola
The Silver Queen operates all year long and takes you up to 11,000 feet with glorious views of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley throughout the journey. The ride is comfortable and fun for the whole family (unless you are afraid of heights). They offer different sightseeing packages and gondola rides for the winter season. Learn more.
John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary is located next to Rio Grande Park and near the Roaring Fork River. It’s a popular picnic spot in the summer, but they also offer some wonderful things to see and do in the winter season. It will be easy to understand what inspired the song “Rocky Mountain High” when you see the views here. Check out the rocks inscribed with John Denver lyrics.
Skiing & Skinning
Of course, the best way to immerse yourself in some of the best Aspen views is to hit the slopes. Aspen’s four world-famous mountain resorts offer incredible sights and snow activities for visitors of all skill levels. You can go skiing or snowboarding at the resorts. Or, you could take a skinning adventure up one of the mountains and then ski down a fresh trail with awe-inspiring scenery everywhere you look. Learn more.
Not all Aspen hiking trails are accessible during the winter, but there are a few you can visit and learn about the local wildlife. Snowshoeing is also a great way to get around and see some incredible sights. It’s also an excellent workout! ACES offers some wonderful snowshoe nature tours. Learn more.
Dining Al Fresco
Many local restaurants offer outdoor dining in the winter, as well as indoor seating with open views of the mountains and valley. The Sundeck Restaurant and Plato’s are a couple I highly recommend for some of the best views and cuisine on a bluebird day!
Whether you want a relaxing way to enjoy the pristine winter views or you want to immerse yourself in wintertime adventures, there is something for everyone in Aspen.
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