As the days become longer, Aspen
Snowmass’ four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and
Snowmass and the surrounding peaks and valleys are transformed from snowbound
slopes to wildflower-dotted settings for biking, hiking, trail running,
horseback riding, on-mountain sunset dinners and more!
In the summer, historic
downtown Aspen hosts a stacked gamut of internationally acclaimed classical and
contemporary summer concerts and festivals. Aspen’s charming cobblestone
streets provide the perfect venue for al fresco dining and idyllic
window-shopping. Those seeking outdoor adventurers will find that basing their
summer vacation out of Aspen provides unrivaled accessibility to some of
Colorado’s most legendary vistas and trails.
In Aspen, hikers can choose
from trails convenient to the downtown area, atop Independence Pass and along
Castle and Maroon Creek roads, which feature views of iconic 14,000-foot peaks
(14ers). One of the post popular—and most photographed—14ers are the Maroon
Bells. Hikers can enjoy gentle, lakeside hikes at the base of the Bells or
high-alpine overnight summits that provide unique views of these gorgeous
In the summer, it’s even
possible to hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. Aspen and Crested Butte are only
about 12 miles apart, but steep peaks, wilderness land and winter road
conditions put winter travel time between the two historic towns at about 4.5
hours. When the snow melts and the days warm up, thousands of hikers make the
six-hour, 12-mile journey on foot over breathtaking mountain passes and through
fields of wildflowers.
A town steeped in all types
of biking culture, Aspen has a gamut of trails, routes and rides for every
level and stripe of biker. Those who want enjoy Aspen atop a trusty cruiser
bike, check out the local scenery and take some pictures will enjoy a guided
12-mile downhill cruiser ride from the famous 14,000-foot Maroon Bells through
the Maroon Creek Valley. Road cyclists can make their way to Aspen’s legendary
places of interest like the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass or Ashcroft Ghost
Mountain bikers can even
start pedaling right from downtown Aspen to access the vast Hunter Creek trail
system, Buttermilk’s Tiehack trails, or explore Snowmass Bike Park. Beginner to
expert mountain bikers can enjoy guided single-track mountain biking in Aspen,
which includes tips and tricks from the pros to help you improve your
Aspen horseback riding
Horseback riding in Aspen
provides the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful corner of the Elk Mountains at a more
idyllic pace. Atop your four-legged trail steed you can take in each wildflower,
enjoy the sounds of a babbling creek and marvel at Aspen’s famous 14er peaks.
Aspen jeep tours
Sit back and enjoy a
fun-filled, scenic ride on one of Aspen’s guided jeep tours. Excursions range
from full-day trips deep into the backcountry to half-day trips and on-resort dinner tours. During the ride, knowledgeable guides explain local history and point
out flora and fauna.
Aspen stand up paddleboarding
Stand up paddleboard the Colorado River
through picturesque Glenwood Canyon in a morning half-day guided tour. Not only
is SUPing a fun way to experience the river, but it’s also awesome exercise!
During the tour you’ll learn balancing, paddling, maneuvering and safety
techniques in gentle class I and II waters.