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While you'll have no trouble finding ways to fill your time in Aspen proper, you would be remiss if you visited the Roaring Fork Valley and didn't make a stop in Glenwood Springs. Sitting about 40 miles northwest of Aspen along Route 82  near the junction of I-70  Glenwood Springs offers just as many spots to hike as its more popular neighbor, not to mention fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities. The town is also home to an intricate collection of caverns that are worth exploring

But it's not caves and trails that earn Glenwood Springs a good reputation among travelers in-the-know  it's the town's legendary hot springs. Formerly known by regional Native American tribes as the Yampah Hot Springs, the Hot Springs Pool has been used by Native American tribes for centuries; and the bubbling pools have catered to such legendary clientele as President Theodore Roosevelt, the unsinkable Molly Brown and the notorious Al Capone. Swimmers today mention that a visit to the pools can be pricey (adult rates range from $15 to $22, depending on the season; bring your own towels to save some money). However, the admission fee allows you to stay and soak for as long as you like. Travelers say a soak in the hot springs is quite relaxing and rejuvenating after a few days of skiing; some previous visitors also recommended visiting during the evening for a less crowded experience.

You can reach Glenwood Springs by car or by bus; the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provides public bus service from Aspen for about $7. For more information about Glenwood Springs' attractions, check out the town's website.

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#1 Maroon Bells Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery. In fact, Maroon Bells' jagged peaks and ... Read more » Alaskan Dude / Flickr

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#3 Snowmass Aspen's largest and most popular ski area is the ultimate destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Comprising 3,332 acres of skiiable terrain, this massive complex features 150 miles of ... Read more » AspenSnowmass.com

#4 Aspen Mountain It's this mountain – first opened to skiers in 1947– that put Aspen on the map. And with spectacular summit views and slopes that will make even the most advanced ... Read more » Nathaniel Wilder / Aspen Snowmass

#5 Glenwood Springs While you'll have no trouble finding ways to fill your time in Aspen proper, you would be remiss if you visited the Roaring Fork Valley and didn't make ... Read more » Courtesy of the Glenwood Hot Springs

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#8 Buttermilk With 21 miles of open, stress-free trails, Buttermilk is the perfect spot to try your first run or to teach your kids to ski. According to visitors, all the beginner ... Read more » Courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Board

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