The trails in and around Aspen offer the visitor a fantastic workout, with amazing views to boot. One of the most popular hikes is the Maroon Bells. This trail is famous for its twin 14,000-foot peaks – a beautiful sight. In the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Cathedral and American Lakes are two popular trails. In the original Wilderness Act of 1964, this area was one of five spots in Colorado designated as wilderness.
Biking is a very popular summer activity in Aspen – for good reason. The area offers mountain biking trails suitable for a wide range of abilities. Bike on paved paths, dirt roads, or rocky single and double track trails. The Rio Grande bike path is a two-mile paved trail running along the Roaring Fork River. Another great option, The Government Trail runs almost 10 miles from Aspen to Snowmass Village. It is one of the area's most popular bike trails.
Fly-fishing is a sport locals and tourists alike enjoy in the Aspen area. In fact, the fishing is top-notch. Sections of the Fryingpan, Crystal, and Roaring Fork Rivers are considered Gold Medal.
White Water Rafting
If you enjoy white water rafting, Aspen has no shortage of challenging runs to explore. The Colorado, Roaring Fork, and Arkansas Rivers offer a range of experiences, from relaxing trips to raging white water rapids.
The Aspen Music Festival and School is known around the world. A popular attraction, 100,000 visitors come to the town each summer to take in the sights and sounds of the festival. Many internationally acclaimed students come to play in the Aspen Music Tent, which offers seating for 2,000 people.
Enjoy delicious food and sip on a fine wine while sitting outside on the lawn, listening to concerts at the Aspen Music Festival - for free.