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“Rejuvinating Respite”

The John Denver Sanctuary
Ranked #4 of 107 things to do in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 2, 2009

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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Reviewed May 30, 2008

The John Denver sanctuary is not listed anywhere in the travel books but after asking at the visitor's center, we found it located on the river by Rio Grande park behind the soccer fields.

I had the good fortune to be in Aspen on the 10th anniversary of John's death (October 2007) so it was somewhat healing to read his words on the large rocks that were inscribed with his songs. All the favorites were represented: Annie's Song, Rocky Mountain High, Rhymes and Reasons, and eight or nine others. The sounds of the river, the wind in the trees, the absolute quiet of the area all added to the ambience of the place.

I definitely recommend all John Denver fans to ask around and go visit this sanctuary. It's something you don't want to miss.

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