Holden Marlot Mining & Ranching Museum, Aspen, Colorado
40180 Highway 82nd, Aspen, Colorado 81611| Map |
Aspen was built on mining and ranching, and the Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum is a great way to explore the area’s rich history. In the 1800s, this lovely spread of land along Castle Creek was a thriving silver mining operation. A cutting- edge mining operation at the time, it went bust after the government demonetized the metal. Years later, the former mining site was purchased by the Marolt family, who converted it to a sheep and cattle ranch. Today, the museum features more than 20 different exhibits and displays throughout the original structures, including short videos that feature local historical characters. Guides are also present to help visitors experience the mining and ranching equipment, and can tell kids lots of fun facts about these rustic implements. Younger visitors get especially excited about the phosphorescent rock room. When the lights go off, these mined rocks literally glow! As an added bonus, admission to the Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum also covers a visit to the Wheeler-Stallard Museum, plus kids under 12 get in free.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Kids will love watching the busy beavers in the nearby pond at Aspen’s T Lazy 7 Guest & Horse Ranch.
Address: 40180 Highway 82nd, Aspen, Colorado 81611| Map
Hours: Jun 12-Oct 6 1 pm - 5 pm Tue-Sat More Info
Price: Adults (13+): $6; Children under 13: Free; Seniors: $5 More Info