Glenwood Springs#5 in Best Things To Do in Aspen
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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 multicolored slopes make it one of the most photographed sites in North America. The surrounding area features numerous trails and campsites, granting you a variety of viewing points from which you can capture the perfect shot.
Whether you choose to head toward the summit or to lazily stroll around the beaver-laden Maroon Lake, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your Aspen trip. Recent travelers praise the uninterrupted beauty of this area, calling the Maroon Bells "stunning," "awe-inspiring" and "one of the loveliest places on earth." Some say it's the perfect place for a day of hiking and a picnic lunch. Past hikers recommended getting to the mountains early as the area can get crowded.
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