Start your morning in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, or Carbondale, but spend the rest of the day in Redstone and Marble. In Redstone, tour the opulent Cleve Holm Manor, visit the art galleries along Main Street, and walk over to see the coke ovens across the road.
Have lunch at The Grill in the Redstone Inn. Then drive to Marble down Highway 133, take a hike up to the historic marble quarry, and see the work of local marble sculptors.
DAY IN THE ROARING FORK VALLEY
Return this evening to where you started and enjoy dinner, live music, or a soak in the Glenwood Hot Springs.
Aspen Music Festival-Launched during Aspen’s renaissance in the late 1940s, this internationally renowned music festival is connected with the Aspen Music School. This extremely competitive summer school for younger musicians is taught by faculty from major symphonies, orchestras, and universities throughout the world.
From June through August, more than 150 public performances are given, 25 percent of which are free. Between November and April, the Winter Music Festival features 15 or more performances from some of the most talented musicians in the country. You can take travel and outdoor gears and gadgets to travel in here properly.
Reservations are needed for many of the special benefits, but otherwise, you can usually find a ticket for a performance when you get to town. Tickets range in price from $7 to $40 for different shows. The box office is located in the Gondola building at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Phone: (970) 925-3254.
Glenwood Hot Springs
This has always been—and always will be—the most famous attraction in Glenwood Springs. The Utes tell stories about their ancestors using the soothing mineral waters to heal ailments and aches and pains.
Miners from nearby coal mines soaked in the hot springs after a hard day’s digging. Today’s visitors are no different, except now they relax in two huge outdoor pools kept at constant temperatures, while the kids keep busy with the water slide.
The pools rent towels and even swim suits if you’ve forgotten yours, and the modern locker rooms have showers, hair dryers, and other amenities. You can also use the Hot Springs Athletic Club, with
weight machines, aerobics, racquetball, and an indoor Jacuzzi, for an additional fee. Admission to the pool is $6.25 for adults, and $4 for children 3–12; four rides on the water slide costs $2.50, or eight rides for $3.50. Summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Winter hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You can’t miss the springs from exit 116 off Interstate 70. Phone: (800) 537-SWIM or (970) 945-7131. (2 hours)
Marble National Historic District
The marble quarry for which this small town is named once yielded the largest block of marble ever quarried, used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The Colorado Yule Marble Company began extracting marble from this area in 1892, halted in 1942, and reopened again in 1990. To travel here safely you need to understand the are properly at first.
Today the marble is hauled by truck to Glenwood Springs and then shipped to points all over the world. Artisans come here to work on the marble, and you will see many sculptures in town. You can also take a 4-mile hike from town to the original Yule Quarry site. The Marble Museum, open daily from May to Labor Day, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is free. Address: 412 West Main Street. Phone: (970) 963-2143 or 963-3035. (2–3 hours)