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5 Free Aspen Attractions

After your ski day, join a fireside sing-along, tour an art gallery, visit Hallam Lake and enjoy other Aspen outings—for free.

 

Sure, you’re in Aspen to ski, ski, ski, but you’ve got to take a break some time. After spending a small fortune on passes and winter paraphernalia, you might be hesitant to pony up any more money for additional activities. But the good news is you don’t have to. There are plenty of things to see and do in Aspen—for free. Here are a few.

1. The Aspen Art Museum is free every day, but try to visit on a Thursday evening to take in the weekly reception and gallery tour. The museum presents new, important evolutions in international contemporary art. There are free artMAPs (museum activity packets) as well as art supplies on artCarts should you feel inspired to create your own masterpiece.

Tel. 970-925-8050, www.aspenartmuseum.org.

2. Ambassador Program, offered by Aspen Skiing Company, operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Ambassadors offer free mountain tours daily at 10:30 a.m. on all four mountains; depart from the on-mountain guest service centers. This is a super way to get insider tips on mountain history, nature, best trails and the surrounding area.

Tel. 800-525-6200, www.aspensnowmass.com.

3. Free sing-a-longs, storytelling and Kids Krafts (also courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company) occur weekly during the winter season by the campfire at Snowmass’ Base Village Plaza fireplace. Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (beginning Dec. 8) feature a sing-a-long; Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (beginning Dec. 10) is story time focused on the Old West. You’ll roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and warm up with other guests. Don’t miss Kids Krafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center where children can learn to make scarves and other handicrafts.

Tel. 970-922-2297, www.aspensnowmass.com.

4. Head to Hallam Lake, a property of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The preserve is a riparian community, an area adjacent to a river that supports diverse plant and animal life. You can walk the half-mile nature trail loop, which traverses wetlands, a marsh, a wet meadow, a river and a pond, and offers observation decks for viewing birds and mammals. Go into the nature center to see exhibits and visit the golden eagle, gold-tailed hawk and other creatures. On-site naturalists are happy to chat about the area.

Tel. 970-925-5756, www.aspennature.org.

5. The Red Brick Center for the Arts is a renovated elementary school located in downtown Aspen that is now home to 10 working artist studios, among other organizations. Check out rotating exhibits in Red Brick Gallery. You can watch artists at work, browse and shop. Every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. there’s a complimentary reception to introduce the next month’s show and artist.

Tel. 970-429-2777, www.aspenart.org.


Destinations: Aspen

Themes: Family Travel, Mountain Vacations

Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding


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