- Karla Gadea
Aspen is a resort town located in Colorado and is situated in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains. Aspen is surrounded by mountains and wilderness areas on three sides making it a destination for year round activities! Visitors can hike, climb, ski, cross-country ski, enjoy rafting, kayaking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, and more.
Weather in Aspen is usually from 22-30 degrees Fahrenheit, in the winter, and from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit during summer. Aspen is mainly known for its winter activities, like Buttermilk Mountain, home of the Aspen X games, is a kids’ and beginners paradise. Aspen Highlands boasts the legendary Highland Bowl, and Snowmass offers the largest acreage and diversity by having something for everyone. Aspen’s beautiful scenery and open space also lends itself well to other types of winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, fly-fishing and even hot-air ballooning.
Hike to Conundrum Hot Springs: For families, try to go during the weekdays since this hidden gem is populated by college students and nude bathers over the weekend.
Hike or Snowshoe Castle Creek(Year round)(Intermediate): Snowshoeing Castle Creek is a very calming. You can also discover the 150 year old Ashcroft ghost town. At the round-a-bout that leads into the town of Aspen, take the Castle Creek Road exit. Follow this road for 12 miles until you get to the ghost town of Ashcroft. You can get amazing views of the West Elk Mountain.
Hike Grottos Trail(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): This is a very easy 1 mile loop but is also an adventurous hike. During the winter you can explore ice caves and waterfalls and forests year round. The hike starts just nine miles east of Aspen on Highway 82. The Grottos near Aspen were formed by rushing water of the Roaring Fork River making it a great place to explore with the family.
Hike Aspen’s Ute Trail(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): Aspen’s Ute Trail is a short 2 mile hike but the steep trail offers hikers a great workout. It’s a nice shady trail with ascending switchbacks. Hikers can get a great view of the surrounding city and enjoy a nice fresh breeze.
Summit Castle and Conundrum Peaks(Year-round)(Intermediate): One of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain ranges. A chance to get away from the crowds at the nearby Maroon Bells. This hike is a 14.5 mile round trip with a 4,850 foot elevation gain. To get to the trailhead start the trek up to Castle and Conundrum. The first step, however, is always go to the end of Castle Creek Road just outside of Aspen, CO. When the paved road ends, there is parking available right off the road for those who don’t wish to drive further.
Ski or Snowshoe to the Maroon Bells(Winter)(Intermediate): The mountain on this trip make for a beautiful 12 mile out-and-back trail and since the trail is not crowded you can enjoy the trip with peace and quiet. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with pine trees all around lightly covered in snow it is a winter wonderland.
Explore Aspen’s Foliage Along Government Trail(Fall)(Intermediate): Aspen’s foliage allows hikers to explore a scenic stroll through the woods from Aspen to Snowmass. The trees are most beautiful in the fall but this area can be explored year round. It’s a total of 10 miles point-to-point but hikers can decide when it’s time turn back.
Hike to Crater Lake(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): Hike to Crater Lake is only a 3.6 round trip hike. In the fall, the trail goes through a beautiful Aspen grove that ends at the Lake, which is at the bottom of the famous and awe-inspiring Maroon Bells. The Crater Lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and breaks off from the scenic trail; be sure to follow the signs for Crater Lake which head into the valley.
Climb North Maroon Peak(Summer-Fall)(Advanced): This is one of the most iconic Maroon Bells in Aspen. It has a 4,500 foot elevation gain and is a round trip of 9.25 miles with class 3 and class 4 climbing sections. It offers breathtaking views from above of the valley and surrounding mountains. This is a great hike and climb for the adventurer.
Hiking, Trails, Photography, Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snow Tubing, Snowshoeing, Hot Springs, Springs
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Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Logding Options
Sky Hotel (709 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611)
Phone: (970) 925-6760
Limelight Hotel (355 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611)
Phone: (970) 925-3025
Viceroy Snowmass (130 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615)
Phone: (970) 923-8000