Aspen is the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Aspen is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles west of the Continental Divide. Aspen is now a part of the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom and later named Aspen for the abundance of aspen trees in the area, the city boomed during the 1880s, its first decade. The boom ended when the Panic of 1893 led to a collapse of the silver market. For the next half-century, known as “the quiet years”, the population steadily declined, reaching a nadir of fewer than 1000 by 1930. Aspen’s fortunes recovered in the mid-20th century when neighboring Aspen Mountain was developed into a ski resort, and industrialist Walter Paepcke bought many properties in the city in the 1950s and redeveloped them. Today it is home to three institutions, two of which Paepcke helped found, that have international importance: the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Aspen Institute, and the Aspen Center for Physics.
In the late 20th century, the city became a popular retreat for celebrities. Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson worked out of a downtown hotel and ran unsuccessfully for county sheriff. Singer John Denver wrote two songs about Aspen after settling there. Both figures popularized Aspen among the counter-cultural youth of the 1970s as an ideal place to live, and the city continued to grow even as it gained notoriety for some of the era’s hedonistic excesses.
Aspen remains popular as a year-round destination for weddings and elopements.
From a wedding ceremony with a picturesque backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to smaller intimate dinners, Aspen Colorado offers a variety of wedding options.
Aspen is a popular wedding and elopement location so be sure to contact an Officiant to help you find that just right spot to exchange I Do’s.
Colorado weather varies greatly depending on the month and regions. Each year can be very different. In Aspen, the summers are comfortable and dry, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 7°F to 73°F.
Most venues offer and indoor option in case of severe snowfall.
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