I'd heard much about the beauty of Aspen in the winter when skiers and snowboarders congregate to navigate the nearby mountains. I wanted to experience it in the summer when the warmth of the sun brought non-skiers out to hike and experience downtown Aspen.
High on my to-do list was the John Denver Sanctuary and I was delighted to find it to be so accessible to everyone. My husband and I visited the Sanctuary three times in two days because each visit brought something different. The song lyrics on the massive rocks were a reminder of more thoughtful days. Many people came and went during our visit, each one with a different reason for being there. Children climbed on the stones while their parents ran their fingers along the engraved words. Dogs played in the river while their owners sat and enjoyed the park.
We also stopped by the Windstar Nature Conservancy in Aspen to view the statue of John Denver and learn about his work for the environment. It was also spectacular.
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