The Aspen Center for Physics (ACP) is located in one of the most beautiful towns in America. Set in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Aspen was founded by silver miners in 1879. In 1949, soon after its transformation into a ski resort, it was the site of the Goethe Bicentennial, the forerunner of the Aspen Institute. Thus began Aspen's role as a center for intellectual and cultural pursuits.

The Aspen Center for Physics is in the far corner of Aspen's oldest residential district, the West End. Although it is within walking distance of downtown, it is a peaceful spot, facing broad open spaces on three sides and quiet homes on the fourth.

During the week-long SMB conference, participants congregate in ACP's wood-lined lecture hall. Breaks and evening poster sessions lead to extensive informal discussion in ACP's lounge, library, and numerous open offices.