Activities in Aspen, CO

Aspen, one of Colorado's most wonderful year-round resort areas, is situated at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley and the Roaring Fork River. With a pleasant climate, beautiful scenery, challenging outdoor recreation, and abundant cultural activities, Aspen is a place for everyone. Aspen is world renowned for its downhill skiing and advanced mountain terrain. Its unique location offers plenty of outdoor activities and non-stop events during both summer and winter!

14th Annual Aspen Arts Festival

July 23rd, 2016 - July 24th, 2016

Come join in the fun of Aspen's largest annual Arts Festival. Experience and become inspired by the hundreds of vendors selling a wide range of creations among the beautiful Aspen views.

Jazz Aspen Labor Day Experience

September 2nd, 2016 - September 4th, 2016

Enjoy three nights of music by performers such as Train, The Killers, and Stevie Wonder, and more. Indulge yourself with food vendors and bars from your favorite Aspen restaurants.

Golden Leaf Half Marathon

September 24th, 2016

Experience what Trail Runner Magazine calls one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races.” The Golden Leaf Half attracts runners from across the country excited about the opportunity to run in one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies. The high-energy event draws in plenty of visitors and is sure to be a fun day for the whole family.


The Aspen area offers four resort mountains, each with its own unique features and required skill sets. With a majority of the mountains focusing on intermediate to advanced skiing, Aspen is the true pinnacle of skiing.


Challenging terrain and awesome outlooks define the Aspen wilderness areas. Aspen has plenty of mountain biking and road biking trails that range from beginner to advanced, including trails to the popular Maroon Bells.


Most of Aspen is wilderness, with hundreds of hiking trails. From lakes to rivers to mountain peaks, trails can take hours or days to complete. Aspen is truly a hiker's paradise!

Popular Trails/Trailheads
  • Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
  • Conundrum Hot Springs
  • Grottos


From exclusive private clubs to public municipal courses, Aspen has a variety of challenging courses. Some were designed by Arnold Palmer and other golf luminaries.

Top Courses
  • Aspen Golf Club
  • Maroon Creek Club
  • Snowmass Club

Horseback Riding

Aspen outfitters offer regular tours and horseback riding trips. Because of the steep and difficult terrain of the Aspen mountains, horseback may be your preferred method to explore the popular vistas and peaks overlooking the valley.

Other Activities

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