Aspen’s unique character and history give this resort destination a distinctive small-town feel for the biggest little city in the West. With 6,700 year-round residents, Aspen’s population grows to well over 25,000 in peak seasons with second homeowners, seasonal work force and visitors. Known for more than its world class skiing, Aspen has become a year-round destination for outdoor adventures along with a vibrant cultural and arts scene. The City of Aspen government is a diverse and dynamic organization, with over 300 employees dedicated to public service, thriving on a culture of teamwork, innovation and building a better tomorrow. Surrounded by rugged mountain and wilderness areas, Aspen is in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Valley is also home to Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, all served by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA). RFTA is the largest rural transit system in the United States, and a highly acclaimed public transit system. Aspen is approximately 205 miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles east of Grand Junction. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport serves the city, and Denver International Airport is about four hours away. The City of Aspen's mission is to engage with positive civil dialogue, provide the highest quality innovative and efficient municipal services, steward the natural environment, and support a healthy, sustainable community for the benefit of future generations and with respect for the work of our predecessors.