Aspen Colorado Summer Vacations & Activities

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Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice! Aspen, Colorado beckons you with a list of activities that's endless (hiking, biking, paddling, rafting, golfing . . . ). There's an adventure suitable for every fitness and skill level.

Make your Aspen summer vacation one to remember by including any of these activities on your itinerary:


With nearly as many miles of terrain open for ATV riders as for hikers and bikers,  Aspen offers unbeatable recreation opportunities for those who want to get off their feet and onto a 4WD vehicle.


Hundreds of miles of trails await those interested in road and/or mountain biking. There's something for the novice as well as the ultra-competitive rider (and everyone in between!).

Climbing & Mountaineering

Locals with decades under their belts are still hard-pressed to say they've done it all. Imagine what that means for the traveller looking to take a hike! Bag a "fourteener," take a multi-day, multi-peak trek or spend the afternoon exploring routes on the Grotto Wall.


Grab your flyrod and waders! Aspen, surrounded by gold medal winning trout streams, is a fisherman's paradise. Come, live the dream.


Aspen offers award winning public and private courses with unparalleled scenery. Check out which course best suits your vision of a day on the links.

Guides & Tours

Make the most of your outdoor adventures by hiring one of the area's many experienced guides. Local expertise cannot be beat!

Hiking & Backpacking

The world is your oyster! And Aspen's many nearby mountain peaks are the pearls! Customize your adventure by taking a half-day, full-day or multi-day trek into the surrounding wilderness lands.

Horseback Riding

There's no adventure more authentic to Colorado than a Western-style trail ride, and local outfitters offer rides that will give you a glimpse into Aspen's Wild West past!


Whether you have your sights on big game, small game, game birds or waterfowl, the wilderness lands surrounding Aspen offer hunting grounds for them all. Just be sure to educate yourself on permits and season dates, as well as other rules and regulations, before you head out.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Put-in at Ruedi Reservoir for paddling fun or head to Roaring Fork River to test your whitewater kayaking prowess. Options are endless for those seeking a new experience and an athletic challenge.

Motorcycle Tours

Approaching from all directions, Aspen offers mountain pass roads that will leave even the most road-worn biker in awe of the area's beauty. Independence Pass road is just one of several epic roadways worthy of a ride.

Scenic Flights

Looking for a new perspective? How about a bird's eye view? Professional outfitters can suit you up for some tandem paragliding, a scenic flight, a glider ride or a hot air balloon ride!

Whitewater Rafting

The ultimate summertime activity, whitewater rafting offers thrills and chills. It's the perfect way to beat Colorado's summer heat. Contact any local outfitter for a trip down a stretch of the Roaring Fork, Arkansas, or Colorado Rivers.

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