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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!

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.

Glenwood Hot Springs


Whether you play for a day or stay for a while, there's a wide array of amenities to enjoy at Glenwood Hot Springs. Lodging includes unlimited access to the world's largest hot springs pool, complimentary full breakfast and discounts to the Athletic Club and our award-winning Spa of the Rockies. Family fun includes two water slides, 18 holes of mini-golf and a kiddie pool. Our 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 hotspringspool.com for special packages. Call 1.800.537.7946 (SWIM)

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. 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

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.


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.

Air Denver Charters


Celebrating 33 years of operation with a perfect safety record! Are you tired of long security lines, airline delays and/or cancellations? Or are you a fractional owner? If so, contact Air Denver for your charter needs. Call for great Aspen "one-way" rates to 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 and EASY. 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

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.

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

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/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

Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring Visit Anderson Ranch

9D807BE1-46B6-4F21-A5F2-343EABDFCAEEAnderson Ranch Arts Center's popular Visiting Artists and Critics program brings two renowned art professionals to the Ranch this spring: Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring


Glenwood Caverns Hosts Easter Egg Hunt Sun., April 20

2tram webThere will be 3,000 eggs hidden around the Adventure Park, including six golden eggs, each with two Annual Thrill Passes tucked inside.




Theatre Aspen Summer Camps for Juniors & Teens

This yeaarticle 2r Theatre Aspen School offers a variety of 5-day camps for ages 5-7 (and one for ages 4-5), each with a different focus on three different areas of theatre. Singing, dancing, puppetry, masks, costumes, and of course, acting are on the menu of choices! 


Anderson Ranch Arts Center Staff Gallery Exhibit

Intertwining two art forms for one compelling show, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Aspen Writers' Foundation have teamed up for a unique exhibit at Anderson Ranch's Patton-Malot Gallery. The opening reception is March 11 from 5-7pm.


Creative Writing Workshops for Kids

611Registration is now open! Now in its 24th year, our Scribes & Scribblers creative writing workshops are designed to help kids discover that stories are everywhere. Join Aspen Writers' Foundation this summer for fun, creative writing classes.


Glenwood Caverns Extends Hours for Spring Break

2tram webConveniently located in Glenwood Springs within an hour of seven top Colorado ski resorts, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers spring breakers an affordable day of family fun. The mountain-top park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


Tyler Beard to Exhibit at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

22E0B6E6-0F44-4DB2-BB8E-E5C198E36A48Artist Tyler Beard's upcoming exhibition, Abstraction & a Few Whispers will be on view at Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Patton-Mallott Gallery, February 3-28, with a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, February 28 from 5 – 7 p.m.


New Ride at Glenwood Caverns

2tram webGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park will hold a Naming Contest for its Newest Ride. The new ride will swing around and around over Glenwood Canyon and will open this spring.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Extends Hours for the Holidays

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6, except for Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy the Iron Mountain Tramway, Cave Tours, Alpine Coaster, 4D Motion Theater, Laser Tag, General Store and Lookout Grille.


Holiday Events in Aspen & Snowmass

Christmas treeChristmas and New Year Events in Aspen and Snowmass Village are filled with holiday cheer. View our blog for the best of the best.


New Year's Eve Celebrations in Aspen Snowmass

new-year-fireworksRing in the New Year in style! From fabulous gourmet feasts at local restaurants to rockin' live music and dancing into the wee hours.


News from Town of Snowmass Village

TOSV-daily-dose-of-snowmass-thumbBlogs, events, news from the Town of Snowmass Village this season.


"The Exceptional Gift" Exhibition opening

Ann-korologos-gallery-logo-thumbArtists exhibition at Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt. Reception on December 7, 2013, 5 to 7 pm


High Speed Squad - Inspirato Magazine's coverage on Telluride Helitrax

telluride-helitrax-logoInspirato Magazine took a wide coverage on Telluride Helitrax a specialized organization in  heli-skiing in the Sanjuan Mountains.




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