Although Aspen is known for mountains for days that you can ski on till your heart's desire, there is much more to it! It’s time to put those skis away and set your sights on places that are just as beautiful and entertaining as the rocky mountains with your snowboard! Here are 5 amazing sights you won’t want to miss on your Aspen trip:
![alt](/content/images/2018/09/Lazy-Ranch.png) ###T-Lazy-7 Ranch This ranch has been around since the 1900s, passed down from generations to generations. It may be on a mountain, but there is a lot more than just skiing going on! Take a snowmobile tour, ride a horse or go fly fishing on this historic ranch. The experiences you take back with you will not be forgotten.
![alt](/content/images/2018/09/Independence-Pass.png) ###Independence Pass Take the time to drive through the curvy roads of Independence Pass. It doesn’t get more scenic than this! We recommend you bring snacks during your trip -- it’s long but definitely worth it. And when you finally get to the top, get ready for a spectacular view! Don’t forget to make stops on the way also, for the views aren’t just beautiful at the top. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some furry friends!
![alt](/content/images/2018/09/Sanctuary.png) ###The John Denver Sanctuary Just take a deep breathe and revel in the most peaceful area of Aspen. From the flowers and ponds to the running river, you won’t find anything as calming as this sanctuary. Take a moment to read the rocks, listen to the sounds of the creek and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. It is truly a gem and a nice break from your skiing adventures.
![alt](/content/images/2018/09/Environmental-Studies.png) ###Aspen Center for Environmental Studies A self-guided tour through this preserve is something you never knew you needed until you experience it. Learn a thing or two at the Environmental Learning Center or take part in one of the many programs that are held all year round! It’s a great place to bring children and have an adventure through the nature trails.
![alt](/content/images/2018/09/OperaHouse.png) ###Wheeler Opera House Not only can you enjoy wonderful performances at the Wheeler Opera House, but it is also an architectural beauty. This historic building is over a century old and the attention to detail is incredible. Even if you're not watching a show, just looking at the building is enough to satisfy you.