If you are driving to Aspen, consider taking the long way over Independence Pass, the highest paved State Highway in Colorado (Hwy 82). Golden aspen trees give way to brilliant reds and oranges of the alpine tundra and amazing views of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest mountain. But don’t let the outdoors get all of the attention. Fall is full of festival annual events like the Snowmass Balloon Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival and more!


Aspen’s wining and dining scene is world-renowned, covering the full spectrum from haute cuisine to old-time saloons and everything in between. With the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado’s Western Slope nearby, there’s no shortage of craft foods and farm-to-table menus. But if you could pick any weekend to experience fall in Aspen Snowmass, it would have to be September 18 for the annual Snowmass Wine Festival. Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of nearby Snowmass Village, the Festival's 3.5 hour Grand Tasting event offers a wide array of the world’s top wines as well as cuisine from the Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite restaurants.


It’s not enough to just look at golden aspen trees. You need to hear them. That’s right, populous tremuloides, also known as Quaking Aspen or Quakies for short, make a spectacular shivery sound when the wind shakes the dry autumn leaves. For the best effect, hike the Maroon Lake Scenic trail, take a few selfies with the Maroon Bells behind you, and then stand in the midst of a thick grove of aspen trees and have a listen. It’s as soothing as listening to ocean waves.


Fall is the perfect time to treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment and facial – and with any luck, you can find some amazing packages peak season prices. Exfoliating scrubs with cinnamon and brown sugar, or perhaps an organic pumpkin masque might be just the thing to right the wrongs of summer’s fun in the sun. Check out the Rémede Spa, voted #1 Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure, with its steam rooms, cold plunges, hot tubs and Confluence waterfall.


Make time to explore the immaculately preserved ghost town of Ashcroft. Surrounded on all sides by canopies of aspens, this ghost town in the mountains is immaculately preserved. The historical buildings located here, combined with a stunning autumnal backdrop, are well worth photographing. Head up around 9:30am, once the sun has fully illuminated the area, for spectacular fall photos.

With all of these great sensations, you’re going to need a relaxing and comfortable place to stay. We are an Aspen pet-friendly hotel that enjoys hosting every member of the family! So bring your four-legged hiking buddies and make some memories that will last a lifetime.