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Pitkin County

  • Pitkin County

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    Pitkin County, established in 1881, is home to some of Colorado's most popular tourist destinations, including Aspen and the Maroon Bells.
    Pitkin County
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    Pitkin County's seat is Aspen. The county is named in honor of the late Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin. It is famous for skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Population: 17,379 (2013) Area: 973 mi² Founded: 1881  
    Pitkin County on Google Map
  • Maroon Bells in Fall

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    Located in the Elk Mountains southwest of Aspen, the Maroon Bells are among the most photographed mountains in Colorado. The landmark consists of two peaks over 14,000 feet, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. In the summer and fall Maroon Lake is accessible via Highway 82 and Maroon Creek Road, with an available shuttle service. There are many easy and family-friendly hiking trails around the lake, but only experienced mountaineers are allowed to climb the peaks.
    Maroon Bells in Fall
  • Mt. Sopris

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    At 12,965 feet, Mt. Sopris towers over the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys and the nearby towns of Redstone, Carbondale, and Basalt. The mountain is named for Richard Sopris, mayor of Denver from 1878 to 1881 and member of the first European party to explore the Roaring Fork Valley.
    Mt. Sopris
  • Aspen

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    Aspen, established in 1879 by Henry B. Gillespie, began as a silver-mining town and developed into a hub for culture and recreation on Colorado's Western Slope. Today Aspen is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Colorado.
  • Mt Daly

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    Located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Mount Daly is the most prominent peak as seen from Snowmass Village, Colorado. It's elevation is 13,300 ft.
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“Pitkin County,” Colorado County Histories Notebook (Denver: History Colorado, 1989–2000).

Town of Snowmass Village, “History,” n.d.  

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US Forest Service, “Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness,” n.d.

US Forest Service, “Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness—White River,” n.d.

Additional Information: 

Paul Andersen, East of Aspen: A Field Guide to Independence Pass and the Upper Roaring Fork Valley (ERG Press, 2001).

Paul Andersen, The Story of Snowmass (Snowmass, CO: Snowmass Community Fund, 2013).

Aspen Chamber of Commerce

Aspen Historical Society

Aspen Skiing Company

City of Aspen

Abbott Fay, A History of Skiing in Colorado (Ouray, CO: Western Reflections, 2000).

Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Naguib Pellow, The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (New York: New York University Press, 2011).

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Town of Basalt

Franklin H. Wentworth, Aspen on the Roaring Fork, 3rd ed. (Denver: Sundance Publications, 1976).