What To Do in Aspen: Outdoor Adventures, Cultural Delights, and More!

bicycle propped up during winter in downtown Aspen at night-time

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is a renowned destination that offers unforgettable experiences for every kind of traveler. It is a top-notch ski town that thrives on its culture and sense of belonging. In fact, "Defy Ordinary" is an unofficial motto for the community and perfectly captures the attitude of both residents and visitors. And if you're looking for what to do in Aspen, we have something for everyone, whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural delights, or indulgent relaxation. All ages can enjoy our excellent mountain town full of surprises and inspiration.

This page details Aspen's best activities and attractions, from world-class skiing and snowboarding to vibrant arts and entertainment. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Aspen and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Aspen Snowmass in Winter

From Thanksgiving weekend until mid-April, the Aspen Snowmass ski resort is open for the winter. With four mountains in the resort (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass), skiers can access over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain with one pass.

With its legendary slopes and abundant snowfall, Aspen Snowmass is a dream destination for winter sports enthusiasts. For beginners, start at Buttermilk Mountain. For advanced skiers, head to the Highland Bowl for the steepest inbound skiing in North America.

But Aspen Snowmass isn't just about skiing and snowboarding. There are many activities for the non-skier, including sightseeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, or shopping. The après-ski scene is equally captivating, with cozy mountain lodges, vibrant bars, and gourmet restaurants offering indulgent experiences for relaxation and socializing all winter. 

Best Winter Activities 

  • Skiing/Snowboarding

  • Gondola Sightseeing 

  • Snowmobiling

  • Tubing/Alpine Coaster

  • Uphill Skiing

  • Cross-Country Skiing

  • Pine Creek Cookhouse Dinners

  • Exploring Downtown Aspen or Snowmass Base Village

  • Ice Skating

  • Snowcat Rides

  • Sleigh/Carriage Rides

  • Snowbiking

  • Live Concerts at the Wheeler Opera House

Best Winter Events

  • X Games Aspen

  • Wintersköl

  • 12 Days of Aspen (Holiday Celebrations)

  • Ski World Cup

  • Mountain Closing Days

  • NASTAR Nationals

  • Gay Ski Week

  • Aspen ShortsFest

  • Audi Power of 4 Race

Powder Skiing on the backside of Aspen Mountain

Aspen Snowmass in Summer

From June until October, Aspen and Snowmass Village are alive with the summer season. Summer in Aspen Snowmass unveils a whole new side of this mountain paradise. The warm sunshine beckons outdoor enthusiasts to explore the countless biking and hiking trails that crisscross the mountains. 

Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are some outdoor activities that await adventure seekers. The rivers and lakes, from Independence Pass to Glenwood Springs, offer fly fishing, paddleboarding, and whitewater rafting opportunities, providing refreshing escapes from the summer heat.

As the days grow longer, the vibrant arts and cultural scene come alive with festivals, concerts, and outdoor performances. Aspen becomes a hub of creativity and adventure, from open-air music concerts to art exhibitions during the summer months. 

Best Summer Activities

  • Maroon Lake, Maroon Bells, and Crater Lake Tours (at the end of the Maroon Creek Road)

  • Hiking (especially Crater Lake Trail and Grottos Trail)

  • Biking (Mountain or E-biking)

  • Rafting

  • Golf

  • Fly Fishing

  • Aspen Saturday Market

  • Paddleboarding

  • Sailing the Skies with Aspen Paragliding

  • Gondola Sightseeing

  • Ashcroft Ghost Town (11 miles up Castle Creek Road)

  • Horse Riding

  • Wheeler/Stallard Museum

  • Independence Ghost Town

  • Jeep Tours

  • Snowmass Lost Forest Adventure Center 

  • Disc Golf

  • Visiting the John Denver Sanctuary

  • Engaging with Nature at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) at Hallam Lake

  • Taking a scenic drive over Independence Pass

Best Summer Events

  • Ruggerfest
  • Food & Wine Classic
  • Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Snowmass Balloon Festival
  • JAS Aspen
  • Snowmass Free Concert Series
  • Aspen Music Festival & School
  • Aspen Film-Fest
  • Annual ArtCrush Gala at the Aspen Art Museum

Beautiful Panorama of the Rocky Mountains near Aspen

Is Aspen, Colorado, worth visiting?

Yes! Aspen, Colorado, is certainly worth visiting. This charming Rocky Mountain town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and luxury escapes. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, an art lover, or a foodie, Aspen has something to captivate every visitor on all budgets. For more information about visiting Aspen, contact us today! 

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