We were in Aspen during the government shut down. Really sad to miss the amazing Maroon Bells--we were in good company with many people wondering why a county road got shut down. The very special people at Silver Queen Gondola offered free rides to the top. The gondola was nicely enclosed and my height phobic husband with some claustrophobia issues rode with comfort. The light snow the day before contrasting with the amazing fall color was memorable especially for Los Angelenos.
Even if you do not ski, do not miss this ride, yes there is a cost but when you ride and appreciate the maintenance required, you won't want them to short a penn
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