Whether you are taking it easy or feeling adventurous Aspen has something for just you!  We recommend contacting your hotel concierge before your arrival to book memorable experiences - here are a few examples of all Aspen has to offer!! 

Taking it easy...

Basic needs

  • City Market - 711 E. Cooper Ave.
  • Aspen Grog Shop - 710 E. Durant Ave
  • Carl's Pharmacy - 306 E. Main St. (Make sure to go upstairs for fun trinkets!)

MUSIC

Jazz Aspen will have many wonderful musicians in Snowmass over Labor Day weekend. Daryl Hall & John Oates and Lake Street Drive will be playing on Friday night. Saturday night Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Keith Urban will be playing! In addition to headline performances on the main stage, two side stages keep the music going throughout the day. 

Aspen Farmers Market

Spend some time at the Farmers market where there is an impressive selection of fresh, local produce as well as art, crafts and other delicious goodies!  It is located on East Hopkins between Hunter and Galena and runs every Saturday 8 am - 3 pm.

Shopping

In Aspen shopping is a sport all of its own.  Aspen's pedestrian malls are the perfect place for a leisurely shopping excursion where one can find fine art, clothing and gear. The main shopping areas are along Hyman, Cooper, Durant and Mill Streets.

SPA

Gondola Rides

Ride the Silver Queen Gondola to 11, 212 ft to the Sundeck Restaurant. Grab lunch, go for a hike, or just enjoy the view! 

CULTURAL


Feeling Adventurous?

Maroon Bells

One of the most beautiful spots in North America. Maroon Peak (14,156 feet) sits just beside North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet) about 12 miles outside of Aspen next to Maroon Lake.  

Maroon Bells is only accessible by bus or non-motorized vehicles. From Aspen take the Castle/Maroon bus from Rubey Park to Aspen Highlands or just drive to Aspen Highlands and park for free.  Don't forget your camera and your water! 

Hiking

Rio Grande Trail – no elevation gain – runs along Roaring Fork River – great for strolling or running.  Can walk as far as you like and turn around.

Weller Lake Trail - Very easy hike (about 1 mile), located about 9 miles east of Aspen. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch by the lake

Crater Lake Trail - This is a great way to see the Maroon Bells and get in exercise (about 4 miles). 

American Lake or Cathedral Lake - Two of Aspen’s most beautiful hikes are American Lake and Cathedral Lake. Not treks for the faint of heart, both trails rise over 2,000 feet through Aspen groves, boulder fields and switchbacks for a 6 mile round trip adventure lasting 2-3 hours.   Be sure to bring water, snacks, proper layers and a good pair of hiking shoes.

Aspen Mountain – Over 3,000 vertical feet and approximately 2 hours of hiking straight up Little Nell Run from the base of the Gondola to Spar Gulch, to the top - this hike is for the super-fit!  The reward is the stunning views at the top, lunch at the Sundeck and a Gondola ride back down.  Other options are to hike up the Ute Trail and keep going to the top of Aspen Mountain or take Summer Road for a less steep option.  675 E. Durant Ave.  970-925-1220

Smuggler Trail - approximately 1.25 hours roundtrip -moderate elevation gain.

Hunter Creek Trail – approximately 2 hours round trip – moderate elevation gain.

 

Biking

Aspen and the surrounding areas are full of beautiful road and mountain biking paths.  Rent a bike and go for a ride on the Rio Grande Trail!   If you are really feeling adventurous, ride all the way to the Woody Creek Tavern for lunch at Aspen’s favorite local watering hole. Approximately 9 miles each way – you can take a cab for a ride back after a delicious lunch.  Four Mountain Sports, 520 E Durant Ave, 970-920-2337

 

Horseback Riding

Enjoy a guided horseback ride through the spectacular Maroon Creek Valley from the stables at T Lazy 7 Ranch.  The rides take you through fields of wild flowers along the banks of the Maroon Creek with stunning views of the Maroon Bells peaks.  Maroon Creek Outfitters.  970-920-4677

 

GOLF

There are a number of private and public golf courses nearby! 

 

FLY FISHING

With two gold-medal fly fishing rivers in the Aspen Valley – the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan – Aspen offers great river trout fishing, as well as high-alpine lake trout fishing. You might also do a scenic float trip on the Colorado River and the lower Roaring Fork, fishing along the way.

 

RAFTING & KAYAKING

Aspen is one of the top rafting and kayaking areas in Colorado. There's an incredible variety of terrain — from first-timer mild, to thrill-seeker wild. Contact a rafting/kayaking professional to reserve your adventure.

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 Aspen’s newest passion is the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) in the river.  Paddle up or down the lazy river at Stillwater.  It is an amazing thrill and an incredible core workout as well.  Aspen Bike Rentals, 430 S. Spring St.,970-925-9169

 

HOT AIR BALLOONING & PARAGLIDING