Planning Your Trip to Aspen Ideas: Health

It’s never too early to begin planning to get the most out of your Aspen Ideas: Health experience!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Aspen, Colorado for Aspen Ideas: Health 2023! The event will take place June 21-24 on the Aspen Institute’s beautiful 40-acre campus. Please find the information below to assist you in making your plans.

2023 Attendee Guide

For details about attending Aspen Ideas: Health — from where to pick up your pass and how to get around campus, to where to eat and what to wear — check out the Attendee Guide.


While the final Aspen Ideas: Health agenda will be released in June, attendees should plan for programming to begin around 3:00pm MT on June 21 and conclude by 12:00pm MT on June 24. We encourage attendees to consider arriving a day early to acclimate to Aspen's altitude.


Lodging in Aspen books quickly, so we encourage Aspen Ideas: Health attendees to make their reservations early to secure a space that best meets their needs. Below you will find a list with some options. Please contact the properties directly to book your stay. Hotels offering discounted rates are indicated with an asterisk (*).

If you would like assistance in finding accommodations, we are pleased to work with specialists at Ski.com and Stay Aspen Snowmass for travel and lodging needs in the Aspen area. Please contact Marcie Cutler with Ski.com at marcie@ski.com or 970-900-8827 or Pam Urig with Stay Aspen Snowmass at purig@aspensnowmass.com or 855-203-4942. 


Aspen Square | 617 E. Cooper Avenue | call 800-862-7736

Hearthstone House | 134 E. Hyman Avenue | call 970-925-7632 or 888-925-7632, or email info@hearthstonehouse.com

Hotel Jerome | 330 E. Main Street | call 855-331-7213

The Aspen Mountain Residences | 415 E. Dean Street | call Tim Car: 970-379-9935, Tami Brown: 585-205-8732, or Main number: 970-429-9100

The Little Nell | 675 E. Durant Avenue| call 855-920-4600

Independence Square Hotel and Frias Properties of Aspen | 404 South Galena Street | call 970-920-2010 or email Reservations@FriasProperties.com

The Inn at Aspen | 38750 CO Highway 82 | call 970-925-1500

Limelight Aspen* | 355 S. Monarch Street | call 866-987-0352 or email aspenreservations@limelighthotels.com

(*Mention the group name – Aspen Ideas Festival Health SA – at booking for a 5% discount off the posted rates. Minimum 3-night stay required.)

Limelight Snowmass* | 65 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village | call 855-369-2460 or email snowmassreservations@limelighthotels.com

(*Mention the group name – Aspen Ideas Festival Health SA – at booking for a 5% discount off the posted rates. Minimum 3-night stay required.)

The St. Regis Aspen Resort | 315 E. Dean Street | call 970-920-3300

W Aspen | 550 S. Spring Street | call 970-431-0800

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

Rental Homes and Condos:

Attending Aspen Ideas: Health with a group? The following agencies can assist you in finding a rental property that meets your needs. 

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 970-920-2010 or email erin@friasproperties.com

Alpine Property Rentals | call 866-208-2407 or email info@alpineproperty.com


Flying to Aspen
We encourage participants to book their flights into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), which is approximately 10-15 minutes from the Aspen Institute’s campus and hotels throughout Aspen. During the summertime, direct flights to Aspen are available from Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Complimentary airport transportation is included at many of the hotels above and should be coordinated directly with the property.
Driving to Aspen
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 Aspen
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 Aspen Ideas: Health to bring attendees from hotels in downtown Aspen to campus (less than 1 mile). The shuttles will make continuous loops between campus, event venues, and downtown hotels during key event hours. A shuttle schedule will be available at registration and in your program book. If you have special transportation needs, our event services team will be available to assist you.

Weather and Altitude

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.

Aspen is situated at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. 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. Check out the Aspen Chamber’s Tips for Getting Adjusted to the Altitude to help you acclimate. 


Contact the Aspen Ideas: Health team at aih@aspeninstitute.org.

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