the 1940s, Aspen was also molded into a cultural center nurtured by
Chicago industrialists, Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke. It was their
“Aspen idea” of a complete person living in a community that nourishes
the mind, body and spirit of its citizens that has remained a core
value of the community ever since.
Pitkin County covers
975 square miles and is located in the heart of the White River
National Forest, surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Elk Range
in the northern Rocky Mountains. Pitkin County includes the communities
of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Old Snowmass, Woody Creek, portions of the
town of Basalt, Meredith, Thomasville, the outskirts of Carbondale and
the town of Redstone.