"The grounds are extraordinarily beautiful in a special way. The lawn, divided by gentle streams, with aspen trees and views of the mountains, is among the most beautiful and special conference venues anywhere.”
Although the Center is within walking distance of downtown, 4.25 acres of open spaces and pleasantly landscaped grounds surround its three buildings. There is an auditorium for 100, a seminar room for 40, several breakout rooms, a patio meeting area shaded by an old grape arbor, a small-group meeting room with chalkboards and a TV for reviewing computer images and forty-three double offices each facing idyllic landscaping. The library provides additional quiet space. For discussions there are two alcoves, four small patios and benches and tables throughout the property. A volleyball court offers an immediate change of pace anytime, and a picnic area provides group lunch space and barbeque opportunities throughout the week.
The Aspen Center for Physics is located on four peaceful acres in one of the most beautiful small towns in America. First the summer home of the Ute Indians, then a silver boom town and winter ski town, Aspen became the site of the Goethe Bicentennial in 1949. The Aspen Institute grew from the Bicentennial and the Aspen Center for Physics and the Aspen Music Festival and School soon followed. In 1968, the Physics Center became an independent non-profit corporation and continues to share seventy pastoral acres with the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival and School in the residential west end of town.