"Aspen Beauty" Aspen by painterdave

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Special Place in Colorado

Aspen has always been a special place in Colorado. It has tried to keep a quality image and not pursue the plasticity of a tourist trap. It has basically succeeded, but on the other hand, it is a place for mainly the well to do.
The surrounding mountain area of Aspen is well worth a visit, especially Maroon Bells. This place has been set aside, and its maintenance is paid for by a small entrance fee. Expect to stay a whole day and picnic. There is a great hiking trail and several lakes along the way.
In the other direction you can drive up to an old ghost town called Independence.
I have place photos of each below.

Independence...ghost town

On Independence Pass just out of Aspen you will find this old gold mining town. Most of the houses are gone now, but you can walk down to the few that are still here.

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  • Pros:Beautiful Scenery
  • Cons:Expensive for lodging/hard to get to
  • In a nutshell:One of the best parts of Colorado
  • Last visit to Aspen: Aug 2007
  • Intro Written Dec 27, 2007
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