Tours

Join AHS for guided tours of the historical sites and scenes around Aspen, a fun and and educational way to explore area history.

All tours require advance registration – book online using the buttons below. Tours will be capped at a maximum of 8 participants and current public health regulations will be observed. 

Private tours and guided experiences are offered based on guide availability, call 970.925.3721 to book.

AHS money-back guarantee “Learn something NEW, or we’ll give your money back to you!”
AHS offers a money-back guarantee for all guided tours! We’re confident you’ll learn something from our historians and trained interpretive guides, but if not, we’ll happily refund your tour fee.

Victorian West End Walking Tour

A guided stroll through Aspen’s Victorian West End residential neighborhood, with a focus on history and architecture. Learn little-known facts about the neighborhood’s homes and the people who lived in them.

DETAILS:
Thursdays and Saturdays (June 15 – October 2, no tour September 9th)
10:30 am
1.5 hours
Meets at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W Bleeker St.

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

Historical Downtown Walking Tour

A guided walking tour of historical buildings, sites, and stories around every corner in downtown Aspen.

DETAILS:
Wednesdays and Fridays (June 16 – October 1)
10:30 am
1.5 hours
Meets by the fountain across from the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave.

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

bauhaus architectural walking tour

a guided walking tour through Aspen’s West End residential neighborhood that explores explore examples of bauhaus and other modern design principles that continue to inspire local design. the tour ends on the grounds of the Aspen Institute.

DETAILS:
Tuesdays at 10:30 am (June 15 – September 28)
2 hours
Meets at 110 E Hallam St. at the corner of Aspen & Hallam (by the Red Brick Center for the Arts gymnasium)

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

Red Butte Cemetery Tour

A guided walking tour of one of Aspen’s oldest cemeteries, including insight into the lives of the locals who are buried there.

DETAILS:
Fridays (June 18 – October 2, NO TOUR SEPTEMBER 10th)
1:30 pm
1 hour
Meets at the Red Butte Cemetery front gate off Cemetery Lane

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

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.

DETAILS:
Saturdays (June 19 – Oct 2, NO TOUR SEPTEMBER 11th)
1:30 pm
1.5 hours
Meets at the Independence Ghost Town upper parking lot (16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82)

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

History Coach Tour

A guided driving tour of historic downtown Aspen in our unique electric vehicle – complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. Guests gain a totally new understanding of Aspen’s transformations from a mining town to ski town to year-round, world-famous resort!

DETAILS:
Wednesdays (June 16 – August 29)
1:30 pm
2 ¼ hours
Meets by the fountain across from the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave.

COST:
$25 adult / $20 senior & children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Limit 5 seats

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. Tour includes a brief tour of the lobby and first floor areas.

DETAILS:
Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 15 – September 30)
1:30 pm
1 hour
Meets in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main Street

COST:
$15 adult / $12 seniors and children 18 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) / Free for Hotel Jerome guests

Wheeler Opera House Tour

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

DETAILS:
Wednesdays (July 7 – September 29)
1:30 pm
1 hour
Meet in the Wheeler Opera House lobby
Masks are required inside the venue

COST:
FREE in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House;

No reservations necessary; space limited, first-come, first-served

Archives Tour

A guided “backstage” tour of the AHS Archive and research facility! The tour includes insight into the artifact accessioning process, a viewing of the display Maps Through the Decades 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.

DETAILS:
Third Tuesdays, June 15; July 20, August 17; September 21
11 am
1 hour
Meets in the Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St.

COST:
FREE