Aspen Journals

Aspen Valley

A travel journal to Aspen by IWW639

Rifle Falls Photo, Aspen, Colorado More Photos
Quote: My best friend lives in Glenwood Springs which is in The Aspen Valley, about 45 minutes from Aspen proper. I've been to visit him a few times since he moved there about a year ago, there's more to Aspen than just the skiing.

Aspen Valley

Overview

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Aspen in the off season, that is when the snow is gone and it's not summer, is like a ghost town. I didn't see any celebrities, but I saw their homes. Jed, my friend, works for the Harley-Davidson Dealership in Glenwood Springs and occasionally delivers motorcycles to the homes of stars. Jim Carey has a home up there and so does Goldie Hawn. Even if you don't know who owns the homes, they are interesting to see. The town of Aspen is fun to walk around in shopping or just browsing among the mountain resorts seemingly unatainable properties. Quick Tips: Aspen is, to me, the ultimate moneysucking tourist trap. If you plan on spending time in Aspen City bring money to lose. Acc...Read More
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This is the place to stay! The rooms are semi-luxurious and it is right in the heart of Aspen Valley (about 45 minute drive to Aspen Mountain). The pool is the largest mineral pool in the world and with the other facilities on site you may never leave the motel.

Mini golf, gym, massage center all that good stuff. Prices range from $65 to $120

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Hot Springs Lodge and Pool
415 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
(970) 945-6571

Harley-Davidson

Attraction

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For a price, you can rent a Harley and see the mountain roads without a windshield. You may also choose to ride without a helmet, a liberty that most states have restricted. Colorado has some of the most beautiful byways, if you know where to look. Ask Jed for a good ride route, he rides his bike to work year round and in shorts! If he doesn't ride his bike he's in his huge 4x4. Jed is the most popular biker around (his boss, Chuck, would disagree). They can hook you up with exactly what you need. Don't forget your Aspen Valley t-shirt.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Harley-Davidson
2922 South Glen Avenue
Aspen, Colorado 81601
(970) 928-7493

Rifle Falls

Attraction

Rifle Falls Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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Hike up to the top of the falls and back down. It's not much of a hike, we took our young kids along. The top affords a great view of the valley, while the bottom allows access behind powerful falls.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Rifle Falls
1313 Sherman Street
Aspen, Colorado 80203
(303) 866-3437

The Springs

Attraction

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It's like a regular Western bar. It has its share of cowboys and a**holes, but what bar doesn't? Maybe you're one of them! Who cares, everyone is welcome, and you might just see a fight out front. The downtown area is true to its roots with old buildings and historical markers. The Springs is located in a line of small bars. Try hopping; I bet you end up at The Springs more than once.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

The Springs
Downtown
Aspen, Colorado

Hot Springs Lodge & Pool

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Attraction | "Hot Springs Pool"

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Doc Holiday, famous unhealthy cowboy, visited the springs here in hopes of curing his ailements. He is buried in a nearby cemetery. So much for healing powers, but if you want to swim in a huge pool with hundreds of other people with stinky water, go on ahead. Maybe try a night swim for a reduced price. This is a resort, have your wallet handy.

Personally, I prefer a hippy-dip.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 28, 2000

Hot Springs Lodge & Pool
Sixth Street and Highway 82
Aspen, Colorado 81602
(970) 945-6571

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My friend, Jed, and his partners just opened the second tatoo shop in town. The artist (a woman) closed up shop in California to reopen here. Jeds wife does some piercing as well. If you have some down time from the slopes or rafting nearby stop in and let them ink you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2000

Hole in the Wall Tatoos
710 Grand Avenue
Aspen, Colorado
(970) 928-7426

Fruita PG

Story/Tip

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Fruita, Colorado isn't really near Aspen, but it's on the way from California. It's located near the border of Utah. The reason I visited Fruita was a bit of folklore worth mentioning. A four foot headless cock! Back in the forties a local Fruita farmer went out and killed a rooster for his dinner or something. He chopped the head, the normal way to execute a chicken. He left it over night and found that it was still alive, the story goes. He felt so guilty that he decided to try to keep it alive. He fed the beheaded chicken with a eye dropper. THIS IS A DOCUMENTED STORY! He kept it alive for about 6 months before it finally died. A world record! It m...Read More