Simply walking around idyllic, cobblestoned-downtown Aspen is an unforgettable expiernce. The town is a beautiful collection of Victorian-era buildings and homes with modern touches. Take in all the sights, shops, restaurants and bars on the two walking malls on Cooper Avenue and one on Hyman Avenue. Be sure to walk around this area at night, as the city of Aspen does an exceptional job decorating every single tree with twinkling Christmas lights. The lights stay up all winter long and look absolutely spectacular, especially when blanketed in fresh snow.
Historians and history buffs will enjoy learning about the city’s famous mining past on one of the Aspen Historical Society’s walking tours, and a horse-drawn sleigh ride around Aspen provides a unique view into how the miners used to live.
Top Aspen outdoor activities
- From the top of Aspen Mountain, adventurous skiers and snowboarders can set off on a snowcat-powered excursion with Aspen Powder Tours. Featuring untracked powder run after powder run, a gourmet lunch and a professional guide to help you find the best snow, Aspen Powder Tours is a must-do Aspen activity.
- Learn about the White River National Forest, which Aspen is surrounded by, in a naturalist-guided ski or snowboard tour.
- Enjoy the early-morning view of the mountains and start your day off fresh with a Yoga for Skiers class at Sundeck Lodge at the top of Aspen Mountain.
- Explore the 60 free miles of cross-country trails that run between Aspen and Basalt. Popular routes close to Aspen include the Aspen Golf Course, Marolt, the Aspen High School Trails and Owl Creek. It's even possible to cross-country ski along the Rio Grande to Basalt. At the Aspen Nordic Center, located at the Aspen Golf Course, you can learn more about the trails and the rent Nordic skis.