Tours

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

The winter tour schedule runs from December 14, 2021 through April 15, 2022. Additional details below.

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

Historical Downtown Walking Tour

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

DETAILS:
Wednesdays & Fridays, December 15 – April 15*
1:30 p.m. (1.5 hours)
Across the street 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)

*Weather dependent

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. Hear the history of Aspen, told through the eyes of the Hotel Jerome.

DETAILS:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 14 – April 14
1:30 p.m. (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, January 19 – April 13 (no tour January 26th)
1:30 p.m. (1 hour)
Meet in the Wheeler Opera House lobby, 320 E Hyman Ave

COST:
FREE in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House*

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

*Per the Wheeler Opera House venue protocols:
All tour attendees required to provide proof of vaccination (fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the event, 2 mRNA doses or one J&J dose) OR proof of same-day negative test. The venue’s rapid testing tent will be operating next to the Wheeler Opera House starting at 1:00pm. Tests are $25. 
Masks are required indoors.

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Aspen Highlands History Ski Tour with Aspen/Snowmass Ambassador

Ski with an Aspen/Snowmass Ambassador and volunteer historian to learn about Aspen Highlands’ “maverick,” innovative, and unique past.

DETAILS:
Mondays, December 13 – April 4
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
1 hour
Meet at the guest services cabin outside Merry Go Round

COST:
FREE courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass.

No reservations, lift ticket required, space limited subject to Aspen/Snowmass current policies and capacity restrictions

Aspen Mountain History Ski Tour with Aspen/Snowmass Ambassador

Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying beneath your boots as you tour Aspen Mountain with Tony Vagneur, an Aspen/Snowmass Ambassador, Aspen native, and volunteer historian.

DETAILS:
Fridays, December 3 – April 15
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
1 hour
Meet at the guest services cabin below the Sundeck and Gentleman’s Ridge Chair terminus.

COST:
FREE courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass
No reservations, lift ticket required, space limited subject to Aspen/Snowmass current policies and capacity restrictions

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 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:
Tuesdays, December 21, January 18, February 15, March 15
11 a.m. (1 hour)
Meets in the Archives Community Gallery, 620 W. Bleeker St.

COST:
Free, advance registration required.

The following tours are offered by appointment, based on guide availability. Call 970.925.3721 for prices and to book.
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:
by appointment, dependent on availability
1.5 hours
Meets at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W Bleeker St.

COST:
Dependent on booking details.

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:
by appointment based on availability
2 hours
Meets at 110 E Hallam St. at the corner of Aspen & Hallam (by the Red Brick Center for the Arts gymnasium)

COST:
Dependent on booking details.

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:
by appointment based on availability
2 ¼ hours
Meets by the fountain across from the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave.

COST:
Dependent on booking details. Limit 5 seats.