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From old coal mining towns to real western dude ranches, you can get a dose of history and a bit of exercise on side trips away from the average Aspen routine.

Day Trips from Aspen

Pine Creek Cookhouse/Ashcroft Ghost Town

Travel to historic Ashcroft, once a bustling mining town. From there, ski or travel by horse-drawn carriage to Pine Creek Cookhouse for regional delicacies like seared elk tenderloin.

11 miles south of downtown, Castle Creek Rd., CO, 970-925-1044,
Tags: family | historic | outdoors | day trip


Explore this 19th-century coal mining town on the edge of the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area. Peruse the quaint shops and take a tour of the century old tudor-style Redstone Castle.

48 miles east of downtown, CO, 970-963-3408,
Tags: family | historic | day trip

T-Lazy-7 Ranch

Situated at the base of Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America, this working ranch is a great place to come for snowmobiling, horseback riding, and lunch.

5 miles west of downtown, 3129 Maroon Creek Rd., CO, 970-925-4614,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

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