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The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen

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Pay your respects to the famed singer and songwriter, or simply take a stroll among the flowers and gardens of the tranquil site--with inspirational quotes inscribed in the stones--at The John Denver Sanctuary. Walk through the sanctuary and find lyrics engraved in the rocks, providing an atmosphere of serenity that complements the beautiful landscape. The inscriptions of quotes, song excerpts, and tributes to the singer glisten in the sun, even in the winter. Stroll in the sanctuary, which is the largest perennial flower garden in the area, and admire its plants and greenery. Using our online itinerary creator, Aspen attractions like The John Denver Sanctuary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A very tranquil walking path that is both interesting and peaceful. Easy for all ages, mostly shaded. 
    A very tranquil walking path that is both interesting and peaceful. Easy for all ages, mostly shaded.  more »
  • Stopped to visit since it was my bucket list item, loved John Denver. A portion of the Sanctuary was undergoing renovation at the time of our visit. I think best time to go is early to mid-morning.....  more
    Stopped to visit since it was my bucket list item, loved John Denver. A portion of the Sanctuary was undergoing renovation at the time of our visit. I think best time to go is early to mid-morning.....  more »
  • The entire grounds are beautiful with flowers, streams and large boulders with interesting quotes on them. Exactly the kind of place you would expect John Denver to love. Treat yourself and spend....  more
    The entire grounds are beautiful with flowers, streams and large boulders with interesting quotes on them. Exactly the kind of place you would expect John Denver to love. Treat yourself and spend....  more »
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  • Love this place. Serene walk among engraved rocks with John Denver poetry. Not wheel chair accessible, but easy to do for 2+ y.o. kids. Plenty of flowers to look at and smell
  • it was a small area that was full of plants and beautiful different routes to take. We took our dog and he had a blast , next to the sanctuary there is a big field where we ran around. There is bathrooms and everyone was friendly, there seems to be a concerts going on at the same park but we didn’t have tickets for the show. Overall it was nice and i recommend.
  • This is a wonderful tribute. The path is a little rugged for those with mobility issues. It is located beside the Roaring Fork River on the SE side of Aspen. The giant bolers with John's lyrics are easily found and places provide for quiet contemplation.
  • What lyrics describe the ineluctable glory of the Rocky Mountains better than John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High"? I assume that's why Aspen's Parks and Open Spaces department decided to create the John Denver Sanctuary. (In case you forget the lyrics, they are engraved on a large boulder.) Some of John Denver's other songs are also engraved on stones as is the wisdom of Carl Sagan. The Sanctuary sits between the gloriously green Rio Grande Park and the mighty Roaring Fork River (which does indeed roar.) The sanctuary part is a grassy area with stones arranged in a semi-circle amphitheater style. It's the perfect place to sit and contemplate. Be still and you can hear the rush of the river mix with the happy chirping of birds. Somehow those Colorado skies are a sparkling azure blue. I like to walk on the paved path riverside. It gently meanders along the river banks. Beautiful flowers add vivid splashes of color. Whenever life becomes a battlefield, I like to along the river in the Sanctuary. Somehow the river washes away the anger and I feel ready to take the @#$%! A must if you show up in Aspen.
  • Absolutely beautiful and tastefully done sanctuary honoring him and his life and music. Perfect location in a beautiful public park in Aspen with great scenic views and lots of nature as I'm sure he would have loved it. 5 Stars for sure!!!

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