Aspen life

Where else in the world would you rather

Work and live

We admit it: We love Aspen. From the spectacular views to the vibrant lifestyle, from the crystal clear rivers to our friendly and adventurous residents, it’s home. We know you will love it as much as we do. Here are a few things that will help you discover this legendary mountain town.

Aspen has the charm of a small town and the amenities of a sophisticated, world-class destination. Located 200 miles southwest of Denver, Aspen sits at just below 8,000 feet high in the Rocky Mountains. And while it is a semi-remote area, it is still extremely accessible with its own airport and frequent flights through multiple major airlines.

Find your perfect fit

Housing for all needs and budgets

Our employees have numerous choices when considering where to reside. In addition to AVH employee housing, Aspen itself has many beautiful neighborhoods. Several fabulous and affordable neighboring towns are found only a short commute from Aspen.

Surrounding Towns

Approximately 65%-70% of AVH employees live in one of the many charming and fast-growing neighboring towns and for good reason. Housing in these close-knit communities is far more affordable and quality of life is just as high. These communities, which include: Basalt, Willits, El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs offer unique amenities, family-friendly activities, and abundant outdoor recreation.

25-30 Minute Commute

Basalt & El Jebel

Great family community, parks, access to recreation, culture, dining, etc.

35-45 Minute Commute


Great family community, parks, access to recreation, culture, dining, etc.

50-60 Minute Commute

Glenwood Springs

World famous hot springs, adventure park, and the shopping in the valley.

Aspen Area

Roughly 25% of AVH Employees live in Aspen or Snowmass. Aspen offers a diverse range of neighborhoods suitable for any lifestyle. Residents in these close-knit neighborhoods develop a connection as they live, work, and play together. While housing is pricier and more difficult to find within Aspen as compared to other areas of the Roaring Fork Valley, many believe it's worth the money.

For those who want to live in Aspen at lower prices your best opportunity at finding affordable housing is through The Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA). This Housing Authority is one of most robust employee housing programs in the United States. It provides people who work in Aspen with their best shot at securing affordable housing in the Aspen area.

Please contact APCHA office directly with any questions that can’t be answered on their helpful website site (link below).

Aspen Neighborhoods

The West End

The West End is historic and filled with exquisite Victorian homes along tree-lined streets. Only minutes from downtown, this area is home to the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival & School – two organizations vital to Aspen’s cultural activity and summer economy.

The East End

Aspen’s East End neighborhood is a mixture of single-family homes, scattered housing projects for locals, as well as condos. The views of Aspen Mountain from the East End are unrivaled and Snyder Park – in the heart of the neighborhood – is a veritable paradise for kids and picnickers. Bus service is available, and it’s a quick bicycle ride away from downtown.

The Highlands

Aspen Highlands is just a few miles from downtown Aspen and is serviced by shuttle. This neighborhood boasts expansive homes, townhomes and condominiums at one of North America’s premier ski mountains. With breathtaking views of the Maroon Bells, it’s no wonder Aspen Highlands has been the locals’ favorite for years.

Central Core

Aspen's Central Core is best known for its luxurious penthouses and high-end condominiums. The Central Core is the hub of shopping, dining and nightlife, and most importantly, the gondola up Aspen Mountain. Many units in town have breathtaking views of Red Mountain, Independence Pass, Aspen Mountain and all the way down-valley.

Cemetery Lane

Cemetery Lane is a wonderful family area less than one mile from Aspen, and on the free shuttle route. This area offers a mix of longtime locals as well as second-home owners and young professionals in duplexes. Enjoy great views and easy access to hiking and biking along the Rio Grande Trail and Roaring Fork River.

— Nearby Areas —

15 Minute Commute

Snowmass Village

15 Minute Commute

Woody Creek

20 Minute Commute

Old Snowmass

Employee Housing

Aspen Valley Hospital does have 28 transitional employee housing units which are available with an annual lease for up to five years maximum. These units are made available through a lottery when units come available. Transitional housing through the hospital is not something to count on but for those employees who are fortunate enough to win, these units provide affordable, clean, and well-maintained housing very close to the Hospital. Of the 28 units, 21 are pet friendly units.

Hands-On Education

Outstanding Schools

Both the Aspen and Roaring Fork School Districts have impressive educational opportunities for students and have much to offer families who are looking for a great place to settle and raise their children. Recently, Aspen High School was ranked the No. 1 high school in the state and 59th overall high school in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Aspen also provides unique academic experience through both the Outdoor Education (K-8) and Experiential Education (9-12) programs in which students are encouraged to explore, investigate, and relish the intrinsic joy of learning – in an outdoor setting.

The Roaring Fork School District including the communities of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, provides impressive achievements throughout the district. In particular, Basalt Middle School recently received their highest achievement scores ever and was recognized with the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for the fourth year in a row. Basalt also offers the option for students to engage in Dual Language Bilingual Programs at all grade levels, beginning in kindergarten.

Getting started is easy


Getting Around the Valley


The Roaring Fork Valley has one of the best bus systems in the nation. Aspen Valley Hospital employees enjoy significantly discounted bus passes on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), Aspen’s public transportation system. RFTA operates year-round with designated routes between Aspen and Snowmass as well as other Roaring Fork Valley communities, including Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and beyond.

Bus stops are easily accessible from almost anywhere and in most cases can get you to work in the same amount of time (or less) as driving from down valley communities. That being said, a large percentage of AVH employees take the bus to and from work.

The hospital subsidizes the cost of bus passes by 75%!

Employees can purchase a $40 bus pass for only $8, this will get you to and from work for an entire week.

Buses come by about every 8 minutes.

Visit their website for current shuttle schedules, stop locations, and available rates, and passes.

In addition to the bus system, AVH employees can participate in we-cycle for free.

WECYCLE is a community bike program and has bike stations at nearly every bus stop throughout the valley as a whole. Most people live only a very short walk from a we-cycle station.

The Perks of Living Here are Endless


Here in Aspen everyone will have something intriguing and engaging to do; something for every season, every budget, and every lifestyle.

Summer outdoor

Summer in Aspen is one of the best kept secrets. All the locals say “I came here for the winters, but stay here because of the summers” Outdoor recreation abounds in the summer including hiking, biking, swimming, whitewater rafting, kayaking, climbing, golf, tennis, and fly fishing. Outdoor concerts are abundant: Jazz Aspen Snowmass brings in some big names and the free weekly Thursday night concerts in Snowmass are popular with the locals.

Winter outdoor

Many people think of Aspen as a winter playground – and, it’s true. The area is most renowned for its outdoor recreation, including skiing at four different ski areas in the winter – plus the Winter X Games, a ski pass to access 4 mountains, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowbiking, and much more!

Arts, food & culture

Not only is the city filled with a rich and interesting history, but it’s a hotbed for year-round cultural activities including FOOD & WINE Classic, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Bluegrass Sundays, Gondola rides, Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as the Aspen Music Festival. Another popular attraction is the Wheeler Opera House, one of the nation's busiest and most creative performing arts facilities.


Aspen's pedestrian walking malls are the perfect place for a leisurely shopping excursion, where one can find fine art, clothing, and gear. For the fashion conscious, Aspen is a wonder to behold. Here, you can shop international fashion houses or pick up designer brands at an upscale boutique or consignment store.

We'll let the facts speak for themselves

The Facts

Aspen, Colorado is a name known worldwide. Its weather, food, activities, culture and even schools are widely renowned and awarded.

  • 7,908 Ft


  • #1

    High school in Colorado,
    59th in the country

  • 178.8 In

    Average snowfall

  • 6805

    2014 Population

  • 90/50

    The high & low temperatures
    during summer

  • TOP 10

    Places to go this summer -
    huffington post 2014

  • #1

    In travel & leisure’s favorite
    towns 2014 & 2013

  • TOP 10

    Fall trips for food lovers -
    FODOR 2014

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