Over 20 years after John Denver’s gone, his songs live on as people around the world hum those popular tunes whether as a group at karaoke parties, or alone in a shower. But it isn’t just these individual memories where Denver stays alive – Hollywood seems have to have rediscovered its love for the legend. As many as five of Denver’s songs found space in recent Hollywood movies, most famously the song Take Me Home, Country Roads that was featured in the popular movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Denver lived most of his life in Aspen, Colorado. You can even take a tour of his shrine, the John Denver Sanctuary, where his lyrics are etched into the Song Garden, a peaceful meandering rock garden with many of his legendary songs etched into the boulders.
Each year in October, a week-long festival celebrates the life and music of the country folk singer and songwriter. Simply called the John Denver Celebration, this is a great time to be in the city to enjoy outdoor music concerts, food and festivities.
Apart from Denver’s life and associated spots around town, Aspen is known for its outdoor adventure options, such as mountain treks and hikes, but in the winter it is especially attractive, when this becomes the hub for skiing, snowboarding and other popular winter sports. A particular favourite is Maroon Bells, an area of stunning natural beauty, which offers half day to full day trekking opportunities up to the twin peaks that ring the Maroon Lake.
Those who enjoy art and architecture must not leave town without enjoying a performance at the Wheeler Opera House, built in the 1800s, which still retains its old world charm while hosting the latest international acts.