The Roaring Fork Valley is not solely a destination for adventurers: It’s a place for lovers. From multigenerational locals to high-profile celebrities—such as Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka—nearly-newlyweds can reconnect in Colorado’s heart-racing atmosphere: sparkling ski slopes, starry skies, and a sharp panorama of peaks.
If the idea of proposing in Aspen sparks your interest, know that there are countless options, some need only sunsets and champagne; others require planning and perfect timing. Whichever seems more your style, Aspen is an idyllic place to choose forever.
Here are a handful of the most spectacular Aspen proposal ideas with backdrops for settling onto one knee:
Gorgeous Gondola Ride
Get cozy side-by-side in the quiet ambiance of the Silver Queen Gondola: it’s the perfect nook for a one-on-one surprise. The ride is about 10 minutes long, the perfect amount of time to prep and pop the question. Request a private gondola car in advance, and you could probably arrange the gondola to stop as you float up the mountain.
Sunset on the Sundeck
If you prefer to wait after the gondola right, the top of Aspen Mountain boasts sweeping views of Aspen Highlands, Highland Bowl, and the 14,000-foot Maroon Bells. Nestled against the Elk Mountains, the Sundeck is an exquisite choice for an Aspen proposal in the summer or winter.
Elevated New Year’s Eve
Sparks will fly as fireworks soar. Each New Year’s Eve, Aspen celebrates with extravagant parties and stunning fireworks. If you’re the partying type, plan to attend The Nell’s famous Dom Perignon NYE Party. You’ll have many options: Wait for the clock to strike twelve, propose in front of fireworks, or drop (a knee) on the dance floor.
Crown of Independence Pass
This trip idea is a perfect choice for local Coloradans and road trippers. First, get pumped and de-stress on a human-powered adventure via bikes to the top of Independence Pass. Bonus: Beforehand, pack a cooler with rosé and leave it at the top where you plan to stop and propose.
Not a duo who enjoys cycling? A drive to the top of the pass from Denver is equally stunning. After the engagement, have a surprise weekend booked in Aspen to celebrate.
Do note that Independence Pass closes during winter, so you should pop the question between May and September. Check the road conditions before setting out.
Ring in your magic moment with the Maroon Bells as your backdrop. Plan an early-morning hike, scenic horseback riding trip, or off-road stargazing or sunset tour.
Mysterious Red Light Lounge
The Little Nell’s Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy will lead you through the wine list to select a delicious pairing for your multi-course meal. Weave the golden question into the one-of-a-kind date.
Your Fairytale Vision
The Little Nell can transform your Aspen proposal idea into reality. With full access to Aspen Mountain and a desire to make our guest’s requests come true, dreams are made possible. Do you want to rent a snowcat, drive up Aspen Mountain at midnight, and ask your significant other beneath the moonlight? Do you want to propose in a hot air balloon with soaring views of Aspen and the surrounding peaks? Is your idea even crazier? Don’t hesitate to contact The Little Nell. We support your love.
Capture the Memory
Contact local commercial and adventure photographer Dylan H. Brown to capture your special moment (firstname.lastname@example.org; 435-263-1441) via film or photography. View a sample of his work @dylan.h.brown.
After your Aspen proposal idea has come to fruition, bask in the bliss of engagement for a few weeks. Then continue the trend and make it official in Aspen.