How to Visit the John Denver Sanctuary

Singer John Denver died Oct. 12, 1997, at age 53 in a plane crash.
Singer John Denver died Oct. 12, 1997, at age 53 in a plane crash. (Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

John Denver fans can find the lyrics of some of the late musician’s hit songs like “Rocky Mountain High” etched on stones at the John Denver Sanctuary in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The sanctuary is at Rio Grande Park along the Roaring Fork River, a fitting, scenic spot to remember the popular singer and his devotion to the environment. Admission is free, and the park is always open.

At the Sanctuary

Boulders at the sanctuary form a natural amphitheater, which is often the site of concerts to celebrate the musician’s pop, rock, country and folk sounds. The amphitheater is also home to Theater Aspen’s summer outdoor performances. Visit the large, perennial flower garden, read lyrics from Denver’s chart-topping songs etched into large stones or explore a marked trail that cuts through the city park. Every October, Aspen marks the singer's legacy with John Denver Week, a series of concerts, sing-alongs and related events at the sanctuary and other venues. Leave your car at the nearby parking garage since there is no parking at the sanctuary.

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