Should visitors rent a car in Aspen?

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Larry Olmsted

Only to get here and only if you are not flying into the very close but often weather affected Aspen airport. If you are coming from Eagle/Vail (90 minutes) or Denver (a 3 hour drive), you likely want a car, though there are some shuttle services available. From the Aspen airport, most hotels pick up and taxis are a short ride. Within the town of Aspen itself you can walk to everything easily, and there is a very efficient and extensive public bus system all throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Every day the bulk of skiers staying in Aspen who want to ski the outlying mountains of Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk find it easier to jump on the free bus than to drive themselves. Likewise, those staying out at Snowmass have little need for a car since everything is condensed on the mountain, and even shuttling between Snowmass and the town of Aspen, the longest route in these parts, is easy by free bus. Finally, top luxury hotels like the Little Nell and St. Regis have complimentary in-town car service for guests.

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