Step back in time!

AHS offers seasonal guided tours of the historical sites and scenes around Aspen, a fun and and educational way to explore area history. From walking tours to iconic buildings to the ski areas and even an electric vehicle tour, we have something for every history fan!

For additional tours and events, visit the Activities Calendar.

Most tours require advance registration. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
During the off-season, select tours may be booked a private engagements, dependent on guide availability. Call to inquire 970.925.3721

Tours are offered seasonally

Click below to view the upcoming schedule and scroll for tour details.

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Upcoming Tours


Monday, July 22

Playing with the Past

Monday, July 22

Curator Tour: Decade by Decade exhibition

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Photo | Ollie Ro

Tuesday, July 23

Wheeler Opera House Tour

Seasonal Tours Menu

Historical Downtown Walking Tour

A guided walking tour of historical buildings in downtown Aspen, with interesting stories around every corner. This tour ends at the iconic Hotel Jerome.


  • 1.5 hours; weather dependent
  • Meets across the street from the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave.

Historical Neighorhood Walking Tour

A newly reimagined guided walking tour through Aspen’s historical West End residential neighborhood, a quiet gem of tree-lined boulevards around the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. Learn little-known facts about the neighborhood’s homes and the people who lived in them as you explore immaculate examples of Victorian and midcentury modern architecture.


  • 1.5 hours
  • Meets at the Wheeler/Stallard Musuem, 620 W. Bleeker St.

Hotel Jerome Tour

Bask in the history of Aspen as you relax in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Jerome, which has been at the center of community life since its doors opened in 1889. Includes a brief tour of the lobby and first floor area as you experience the history of Aspen as seen through the eyes of the Hotel Jerome.


  • 1 hour
  • Meets in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main Street

Wheeler Opera House Tour

Enjoy a guided tour inside the Wheeler Opera House,* the center of Aspen’s arts and cultural scene since it was built in 1889. This free tour offers an insider’s look at the iconic building, including its recent renovations, and storied past.


  • 1 1/4 hour
  • Meets in the lobby of the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.

Independence Ghost Town Tour

A guided walking tour exploring the Independence Ghost Town where, legend has it, prospectors struck gold on July 4, 1879 making the area the first mining site in the Roaring Fork Valley. Today, Independence is an archaeological preserve located just below the continental Divide and a “don’t-miss stop” on Independence Pass along the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway.


  • 1.5 hours
  • Meets at the Independence Ghost Town upper parking lot (16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82)

History Coach (Electric Vehicle) Tour

A driving tour of historic downtown Aspen in our unique electric vehicle! We’ll zip around Aspen’s downtown core followed by an out-and-back visit to the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum at the west entrance to Aspen. Guests gain a new understanding of the area’s transformations from mining town to ski town to year-round, world-famous resort!


  • 1.5 hours
  • Meets and ends in front of the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave.

Archives Tour

A guided “backstage” tour of the AHS Archives and research facility! The tour includes insight into the artifact accessioning process, a viewing of the Aspen Illustrated News display in the Community Gallery, access to the underground “vault” where much of the AHS Collection is stored, and close-up looks at artifacts of note.


  • 1 hour
  • Meets in the Archives Community Gallery, 620 W. Bleeker St.

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