Entries by mickbird

Leaves are Peaking in Aspen & Ashcroft

It’s time to look at leaves! Taken earlier this week, these photos show that the fall foliage around Ashcroft should be peaking in gold, orange and red this weekend.  The weather is supposed be great – sunny and in the ’70s – both Saturday and Sunday before dropping into more fall-like conditions early next week. So, take […]

History Mystery: Cabin in the Woods

Where near Aspen is this? Does that structure look familiar? Sometimes it’s a little tricky to pinpoint the location in a photograph, so we’ve picked out a few that have less-than-obvious sense of place.  Show off your skills and send us the right answer and the first correct respondent will receive two passes to any tour of your choice […]

Leaf Peeping at Ashcroft

The bite of fall is in the air and that means the leaves will start to change. The historic ghost town of Ashcroft is regularly named one of the top places in Colorado to see fall colors by newspapers and magazines. While visiting Ashcroft, 11 miles up Castle Creek Rd., take a walk through history with our docents who […]

History Mystery: In the Forest

  Where near Aspen is this? Does that forest look familiar? Sometimes it’s a little tricky to pinpoint the location in a photograph, so we’ve picked out a few that have less-than-obvious sense of place.  Send us the right answer and the first correct respondent will receive two passes to any tour of your choice (History Coach, West End Walking […]

Tour Time

This summer our Time Travel Tuesdays have a twist: they’re tours. It’s like field-trips for adults. We’ll be hosting seven weeks of tours, every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. They’ll take participants all over the upper Roaring Fork Valley and explore iconic  and lesser-known parts of our our history. Walk through time with us! July 15: West […]

History Mystery: By the Yard

  Where in Aspen is this? Does that house look familiar? We get donations all the time of old photographs that need identification, including people and place. Our archives team is great at their job, but  even they can get stumped. Like this photo. Help us figure out where this is, and the correct answer […]

New Historic Bike Tour

WE-cycle has bikes and we’ve got history. It’s the perfect  recipe for a  historic bike tour. We’ve partnered with Aspen’s bike-sharing system to offer a unique tour once a week. The pleasant 90-minute cruise begins at Paepcke Park, loops through the grounds of the Aspen Institute and winds through town to the original Lift One. Participants will learn […]

Ghost Towns Open this Weekend for Summer

Did you know that Ashcroft was once more populated than Aspen and home to more than 2,000 people? There were two newspapers, a smelter, a school and 20 saloons. But, after the area’s shallow silver deposits proved to be disappointing, the miners left for greener pastures and endeavors (Aspen).   The relics of 10 buildings […]

Mining History by Jeep

You may know about the Smuggler Mine, but did you know there are even more silver mines above that? The remnants of several of them can be found beyond the observation deck on Smuggler Mountain, and our new tour, the Smuggler Mt. Open Space Historic Jeep and Trail Tour, will take visitors to these by jeep and on […]

History Mystery: Where’s Kelly’s Mom?

We get donations all the time of old photographs that need identification, including people and place. Our archives team is great at their job, but  even they can get stumped. Like this photo. We know that the picture is of our executive director’s mother in the 1950s (because Kelly donated it), but we can’t nail […]