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The John Denver Sanctuary

near Rio Grande Park, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-920-5120
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A perfect memorial!

Just beautiful - we visited whilst it was covered in snow and although it meant I couldn't see all... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Kathryn R
London, United Kingdom
Peaceful part of Aspen

This is a really nice walk, even in lots of snow. Roring Fork River runs close by and some of John... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Newcastle, Australia
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near Rio Grande Park, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-920-5120
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Just beautiful - we visited whilst it was covered in snow and although it meant I couldn't see all of the lyrics it just added to the beauty. It also mean that my 7 year old step-daughter who was traveling with us had an excellent...More

1  Thank Kathryn R
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is a really nice walk, even in lots of snow. Roring Fork River runs close by and some of John Denvers songs are carved into rocks. Well worth a visit.

Thank pricej51
Reviewed 14 February 2017

One of my all-time favorite spots in Aspen. A beautiful small sanctuary where the roaring fork river and small estuaries connect...take a stroll and read all over John Denver's gorgeous poetry (songs) engraved on large rocks, sit on the lawn and read or write, listen...More

1  Thank Shelly81612
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Pros: A very beautiful and moving tribute to the late John Denver. The Fall colors were amazing. I imagine the Spring would be even better! The drive from Aspen to Colorado Springs (Hwy 82) was breathtaking! Cons: Road construction down Main Street made it difficult...More

1  Thank LeeMcg2016
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful/ tranquility at its best. It's just a peaceful full place to spend some quality time to find a little peace.

1  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The John Denver Sanctuary was an unexpected find when we visited Aspen. The grounds are very pretty, with open areas, flowers, ponds, and various rock formations. There are a number of rocks that have some of John's more well known song lyrics on them, which...More

1  Thank bpbombers
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I love coming down to The John Denver Sanctuary. Been going for years, and yet, each time I am moved by the quotes on the rocks, the river slipping by, and quite often the solitude. A place to regroup, and be quiet. I often leave...More

1  Thank julian h
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This special place is easy to miss, since it's tucked in behind Rio Grande Park in downtown Aspen, but it's SO worth the effort to find it. I've visited in all seasons, and it's great, but it really shines when there isn't any snow cover...More

2  Thank Andrea2525
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Heard about but unfortunately closed in winter. Nice walk in snow, beautiful trails and rocks with Denver lyrics. Very enjoyable and just outside downtown. Easy walk.

1  Thank SpikerMom
Reviewed 28 November 2016

My husband worked at Windstar and John in the 80s, was so pleased about this Sanctuary, very moving and peaceful.

Thank jtfranco
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Claire B
When is the earliest time I can come into the sanctuary?
27 April 2017|
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Response from Sscharin | Reviewed this property |
Open all the time,,
Greta B
Where do you park?
15 April 2017|
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Response from Kathryn R | Reviewed this property |
There is a multi story public car park next to the park.
Janet M
Hi I would like to know if it is possible to have a bench placed in memory of John Denver in the sanctuary for the 20th anniversary in October of John's death? Who would be in charge of this and what would the cost be? Fans of John Denver would like to have this done. Thank you for your time.
11 March 2017|
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Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest contacting Willie Hoevers, who is also making plans for the 20th anniversary of John Denver's death. Willie is also on Facebook. My wife Diane tells me she knows you from Facebook. We live up in Wisconsin.