Aspen is a town where there’s always someone out doing something fun. Locals and visitors alike are attracted to Aspen for its endless array outdoor activities. From fishing, hiking and rock climbing to skiing and snowmobiling, there are a vast number of activities to enjoy in the surrounding mountains year round. The beauty of owning a property in the Aspen area is that activities will be available right out your back door.
Summer activities in Aspen include fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and rafting. Come winter, trade your bike and hiking shoes in for skis and hit the slopes at one of the four world-renowned Aspen ski areas. Other popular winter sports include cross country skiing, hiking up the ski area (or “up hilling” as it is commonly called in the winter), ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and more.
The rivers around Aspen are some of the best in the country for fly fishing. The Roaring Fork, which starts high on Independence Pass, offers everything from slow, clear sections to the massive winding river closer to Glenwood. Find out more about Aspen fly fishing.
Drive up the road to Independence Pass in the summer and you’ll likely see climbers scaling the many cliffs scattered on either side of the valley. The Pass offers a great variety of climbing, from traditional multi-pitch routes to cutting edge sport climbs. More information on rock climbing.
When the snow recedes up into the highest reaches of the mountains for the summer, an endless array of hiking trails opens up. From short day trips like Crater Lake and the Ute trail, to longer day hikes to Snowmass Lake, and even multi-day adventures like the 4-Pass Loop, there’s something for everyone. The wildflowers in July and August are often incredible, and it will take your breath away when the Aspens and Scrub Oak turn colors in mid-September. More information on Aspen hiking.
Whether you prefer mountain or road biking, you won’t run out of options in Aspen. Road warriors can test their skills on the windy and beautiful mountain roads of Independence Pass, Castle Creek, and Maroon Creek. For the mountain bikers, Sunnyside, the Rim Trail, and Government Trails offer some of the best riding in the Valley. Find out more about Aspen biking.
Access the Aspen backcountry by horseback, where you'll find incredible views from alpine meadows with summer wildflowers to high mountain peaks still capped by snow. Enjoy an afternoon trailride or plan an overnight, multi-day trip for a real adventure. The terrain around Aspen provides some of the most scenic trails you'll ever find on horseback. Learn more about Aspen horseback riding.
The Aspen area is home to several great rivers for rafting including the Roaring Fork, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. The Roaring Fork River is home to several excellent rapids, as it winds its way down from the top of Independence Pass to join the Colorado River near Glenwood Springs. Slaughter House is one of the most popular rapids, with non-stop action only 5 minutes from town. As you head further downvalley and to Glenwood, you'll find water that is a bit more mellow and suitable for float trips and families. Find out more about Aspen rafting.
Experience the thrill of a hot air balloon ride over the Roaring Fork Valley. With flights launching in the morning, the adventure and stunning views from the hot air balloon will be a highlight of your time in Aspen. Be sure to bring a jacket as temperatures can be chilly early in the morning. More information on hot air balloon rides.
Experience the peace and serenity of snowshoeing in the Aspen area. Take a trip into the backcountry for some beautiful mountain scenery and amazing fresh mountain air. Guides can be hired for a snowshoeing adventure, or feel free to travel one of the many well-marked and groomed routes on nearby golf courses and around town. More information on snowshoeing.
When your day's activities are complete, go soak in the Glenwood Hot Springs or visit one of the luxurious area spas including Remede at the St. Regis or the Aspen Club Spa.