Aspen, Colorado: John Denver Sanctuary

John "Rocky Mountain High" Denver is remembered with a series of upright slabs engraved with the lyrics of his hits.
427 Rio Grande Place, Aspen, CO
Park in the parking garage across from the Rio Grande Place Visitors Center, then follow the trail north along the creek. You'll quickly come to the Sanctuary.
$1.50 to park
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John Denver Sanctuary

Located in a peaceful nook of Aspen's Rio Grande Park is the John Denver Sanctuary. Many of the singer's songs are carved in stone. A must-see for any John Denver fan and a hidden gem -- great place to read or have a nice lunch on the grass. I was there on a sunny day and couldn't resist taking a picture by the "Sunshine on My Shoulders" monolith.

Every October fans gather at the sanctuary on the anniversary of his death.

[Lakita, 05/27/2013]

John Denver died in 1997 when he accidentally flew his experimental airplane into the Pacific Ocean.

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