East Aspen stretches from the Roaring Fork River at the edge of Aspen Central Core to the wilderness of Independence Pass. East Aspen real estate features quiet neighborhoods with spacious homes within easy reach of downtown amenities. Aspen Grove, Eastwood, and Knollwood are located just across the river from Central Core. Homes in Mountain Valley and North Star Preserve lie further east of Central Core and are fully surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery and native wildlife. East Aspen’s bucolic setting provides residents with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Much of East Aspen’s real estate is comprised of large single-family homes with a variety of contemporary and older properties. The neighborhoods closest to Central Core also offer a mix of townhouses, duplexes, and condominiums. Most properties in East Aspen are on the north side of the Roaring Fork Valley, giving homes spectacular panoramic views of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass.
East Aspen homes are ensconced in Aspen’s stunning Rocky Mountains scenery. From fly-fishing and kayaking on lakes and rivers to traversing Independence Pass by bike, East Aspen has many fantastic areas and activities to experience and explore.
The Perfect Outdoor Destination
reaches an elevation above 12,000 feet and is the highest paved pass in North America. Driving or biking along the 32-mile pass takes in many scenic views overlooking the breathtaking surroundings, and rock climbing its great granite walls is a popular activity among thrill-seekers. The pass opens to cars from the Thursday before Memorial Day until late October or early November. Before the pass opens to cars for the season, cyclists can enjoy riding along and participating in the Ride for the Pass
race in mid-May. In February, the snow-covered pass sets for the stage for the 4.2-mile Ski for the Pass
race. There are also several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. The Grottos trail
is ideal for families; here, you’ll find picnic spots and scenery including a waterfall, rock formations, and an ice cave. The Ruby trail
takes in the Grizzly Reservoir and an abandoned mining camp and ghost town. The Lost Man Trail
is more challenging but traverses an attractive expanse of alpine lakes and meadows. These and other pass trails are dog-friendly and suitable for horseback riding.
Follow Highway 82 over Independence Pass to reach Difficult Campground
five miles to Aspen’s southeast. The campground features 47 campsites nestled within the dense White River National Forest and along the Roaring Fork River. Multiple hiking trails are accessible from the campground and it’s a hotspot for fly fishing on the river. Many visitors also raft along whitewater sections of the Roaring Fork near the campgrounds. North Star Nature Preserve
on the Stillwater section of the Roaring Fork River has flat, easy trails and idyllic scenery. Popular activities on the river at North Star include stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, and tubing.
A moderately difficult 14-mile trail
runs east from Aspen’s Central Core up Smuggler Mountain to Smugger Mine
. This historic silver mine has been in operation since the Colorado Silver Boom in the 1870s. Smuggler Mine was, at one point, responsible for almost a fifth of the global silver output. While almost a million pounds of ore is thought to remain here, Smuggler Mine is best-known these days for its guided tours.
For more entertainment, residents can visit shows and concerts at the Belly Up
or the historic Wheeler Opera House
. The area is also home to many delicious dining options, from Japanese food with a twist to Classic American comfort eats.
Aspen School District is ranked first in Colorado and is one of the best public school districts in the entire country.