campus 2021 AIF

The Aspen Ideas Festival returns to Aspen, Colorado in 2022! Join us on our campus in the Rockies June 25 - July 1, 2022.

Location and Programming Snapshot

Festival sessions are held at venues on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows 40-acre campus, 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO 81611. Pass pick-up is on campus.

From expert panel discussions to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar. The intimacy of Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.

The Festival is broken up into two sections.

*Festival 1: June 25 - 28
*Festival 2: June 28 - July 1

Aspen Ideas: Health opens the Festival, June 22 - 25.

Where to Stay

We encourage attendees to book lodging early for the 2022 Festival. Aspen's lodging properties are experiencing increased demand, so finding available lodging is more challenging than in past years. Booking early allows you to take advantage of special rates and secure a space that meets your needs.

We're pleased to work with specialists at Ski.com and Stay Aspen Snowmass. For assistance in finding accommodations, contact Marcie Cutler with Ski.com at marcie@ski.com or (800)525-2052 ext. 3321 or Theresa Hernandez with Stay Aspen Snowmass at thernandez@aspensnowmass.com or 855-203-4942. 

Hotels

Aspen Mountain Lodge | 311 W. Main Street | 970.925.7650 or email aml@aspenmountainlodge.com

Aspen Square | 617 E. Cooper Avenue | 800.862.7736
**AIF Discount: Fireplace Studio reservations will receive a discounted rate based on availability, reference Aspen Ideas

The Gant | 610 S. West End | 800.549.0530
**20% discount with a book date by 2/28/22, use this booking link and the booking code, Ideas22

Hearthstone House | 134 E. Hyman Avenue | 970.925.7632

Hotel Jerome | 330 E. Main Street | 855.331.7213

Hyatt Grand Aspen | 415 E. Dean Street | 970.429.9100

The Little Nell | 675 E. Durant Avenue| 855.920.4600

Independence Square Hotel and Frias Properties of Aspen | 404 South Galena Street | 800.633.0336 or email Reservations@FriasProperties.com
**AIF Discount: 15% off available rates, reference Aspen Ideas

The Inn at Aspen | 38750 CO Highway 82 | 970.925.1500

Limelight Aspen | 355 S. Monarch Street | 855.925.3025
**AIF Discount: 5% off available rates, reference Aspen Ideas

Limelight Snowmass | 65 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village | 855.369.2460
**AIF Discount: 5% off available rates, reference Aspen Ideas

The St. Regis Aspen Resort | 315 E. Dean Street | 970.429.9543

W Aspen | 550 S. Spring Street | 970.431.0800

[Please Note: Lodging at the Aspen Meadows Resort on the Aspen Institute’s campus is reserved for speakers during the Festival.]

Rentals Homes and Condos

The following agencies can assist you in finding a rental property during the Festival. 

Aspen Signature Properties | Contact: Tracy Sutton | call 970.544.8001 or email tracy@aspensignatureproperties.com

Slifer, Smith, & Frampton Real Estate | Contact: Ann Wilkinson Smith | call 970.618.8591 or email awilkinson@sliferrfv.com

Aspen Luxury Vacation Rentals | call 970.205.9960 or email info@aspenluxuryvacationrentals.com

Whitman Fine Properties | Contact: Wendalin Whitman | call 970.544.3771 or email wendalin@whitmanaspen.com

Stay Aspen: Snowmass House Rentals | call 970.429.5046 or email info@stayaspensnowmass.com

Frias Properties | call 970.429.2441 or email erin@friasproperties.com

Alpine Property Rentals | call 866.208.2407 or email info@alpineproperty.com

Lift One Condos | call 970.925.1670 or email info@liftone.com

Getting to Aspen

Flying

We recommend flying into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), which is approximately 10-15 minutes from the Aspen Institute’s campus and hotels throughout Aspen. During the summer, direct flights to Aspen are available from Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Complimentary airport transportation is included at many hotels and should be coordinated directly with the property.

Driving

The drive from Denver to Aspen is approximately 4 hours depending on traffic and weather with two routes available either over Independence Pass (via Highway 82) or on Highway I-70 via Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs. Check cotrip.org for up-to-date information and any road closures.

Getting Around Town

Downtown Aspen is very walkable and the WE-cycle bikeshare program makes quick trips across town easy and fun. Additionally, complimentary shuttles will operate during the Festival to bring attendees from hotels in downtown Aspen to campus (less than 1 mile). The shuttles will make continuous loops between campus and downtown hotels during key event hours. A shuttle schedule will be available at registration. If you have special transportation needs, our event services team will be available to assist you.

Weather and Altitude

Weather

Daytime highs in the summer are typically in the high-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (21-26 C). Evenings are in the 40s F (5-10 C). The weather in Aspen changes quickly and summer rainstorms are common. Sunscreen is encouraged.

High Altitude

Oxygen levels are lower at high altitudes. That coupled with the dry climate can contribute to symptoms of altitude sickness. Avoid altitude sickness by staying well-hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and keeping physical exertion to a minimum.

Activities in Aspen

Hiking

Bike from Aspen to Woody Creek Tavern
Bike from Aspen to Woody Creek Tavern on the Rio Grande Trail. It is a flat gravel path. Woody Creek Tavern is a historic Aspen restaurant that Hunter S. Thompson frequented. The restaurant has outdoor seating. Take the bus and bikes back to Aspen to avoid the ride back!

Gondola Rides to the Top of Aspen Mountain
Ride the Silver Queen Gondola to 11,212 ft. to the Sundeck. Grab lunch, go for a quick hike, or just enjoy the view! It's quite spectacular.

Bike Riding with Blazing Adventures

Shopping in Aspen

Remede Spa - St. Regis Aspen

More Activities
For activities such as hot air balloon rides, horse back riding, paragliding, rafting, jeep tours, rock climbing, road biking, etc., take a look at the Aspen Chamber's website.

Childcare and Babysitters - Aspen Nannies: 970.376.4054 or A Mom's Day Off: 970.963.8558.

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