The last thing you want happening on a group vacation is people getting bored. Thankfully, that is a virtually impossible outcome when visiting Aspen Snowmass. With hundreds of fun things to do in Aspen Snowmass and the surrounding mountains, finding enough time to squeeze in all the fun becomes the issue.
We rounded up 15 of our favorite summer activities in Aspen Snowmass to help you prioritize activities for your next large group trip.
Visit the Maroon Bells
Explore the views of America’s most photographed mountains just 30 minutes outside of Aspen. Once you get there, take a hike to Crater Lake or just enjoy the views. The easiest way to get to the Maroon Bells
is by jumping on a shuttle from Ruby Park Bus Station in downtown Aspen.
Ride the Silver Queen Gondola Up Aspen Mountain
Purchase tickets in the Gondola Plaza and take a scenic ride to the top of Aspen Mountain
. When you arrive at the summit, enjoy delicious food at the Sundeck while taking in stunning views of Mt. Hayden and the surrounding Elk Mountains.
Rent Bikes and Go For a Ride
Visit one of the dozens of bike shops throughout Aspen Snowmass and rent bikes for the day. Explore the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen or take a cruise from Snowmass Village down to Woody Creek.
Visit the Aspen Art Museum
Take a free tour of the Aspen Art Museum which hosts exhibits from some of the best artists in the world. After you’re done taking in the art, stop by the rooftop cafe for some great views of Aspen.
Travel Back in Time at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
See fossils of ancient mammoths, sloths and other animals that called Snowmass home during the last ice age.
Take a Jeep Tour
Pile in a jeep with family and friends and see why the Elk Mountains are considered some of the most gorgeous in Colorado. There are many companies that offer jeep tours in Aspen
Go Rafting on The Roaring Fork
Partake in an adrenaline-filled rafting adventure
down the Roaring Fork River with one of the many expert rafting companies in the Valley. Rivers run the highest and have the largest rapids in early summer.
Play at the Aspen Recreation Center
Play inside on a rainy day at the Aspen Recreation Center
. This local favorite for family fun has a pool, waterslide, lazy river, gym, climbing wall and all sorts of other fun recreational opportunities the entire family can enjoy.
Visit T Lazy 7 for a Horseback Ride
Explore the western heritage of Aspen with a horseback ride at the T Lazy 7 Ranch
. Few locations around the valley have views of Pyramid Peak as good as those at T Lazy 7.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side with ACES
Learn about the flora, fauna, and natural environment that surround Aspen Snowmass with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Their naturalist-led hikes are a great way to experience the outdoors.
Catch a Show at the Wheeler Opera House
The Wheeler Opera House
is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the Roaring Fork Valley. From concerts to stand up comedians and film festivals, there is always a good show on the calendar.
Visit the Aspen Saturday Market
Spend a Saturday morning exploring amazing handcrafted local food and goods in downtown Aspen while interacting with the community that makes this destination so unique.
Explore the Grottos and Weller Lake on Independence Pass
Take a trip up Independence Pass to explore Grottos Trail and the unique caverns carved into the mountains by millions of years of runoff. While you’re there, do the hour-long round trip hike to Weller Lake.
Attend a Music Festival
Listen to amazing tunes from some of music’s biggest artists at the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
. If you have a trip earlier in the summer, there are dozens of other music festivals and concerts in Aspen and Snowmass for you to check out.
Go to the Rodeo in Snowmass