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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 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 memorial slab.

John Denver Sanctuary

The John Denver Sanctuary is a beautiful space! There is a skateboard park, and playground nearby. Walking trails and beautiful places to sit and just be. I am so glad we stopped here!

[Heather, 08/12/2020]

John Denver Sanctuary.

John Denver Sanctuary

Beautiful to see when the flowers are in fall bloom. The John Denver Sanctuary is peaceful -- take a picnic and find time to smell the flowers.

[Ginny, 02/10/2018]

... and pause to admire the chrome bison.

Rocky Mountain High monument.

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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