Aspen is well-known for its beautiful scenery and nature—in both colder and warmer months. Explore eight ways to have fun in Aspen’s great outdoors this summer, all while keeping you and your family safe by following COVID-19 guidelines.
There are also numerous trails that are wonderful for hiking and taking in the views. One popular hiking trail is 1.7 miles long and will take you all around Maroon Lake. Other trails lead to other lakes, too, such as Crater Lake.
Maroon Bells is also home to wildlife such as moose, deer, and beavers, so keep an eye out! To get there, you will need to take a shuttle bus (with a limited number of other people because of COVID-19). Make sure you make a reservation online here to visit this stunning spot safely.
White Water Rafting
Another exciting outdoor activity is white water rafting in the Roaring Fork River. With many levels of difficulty available from which to choose, this is the perfect activity for beginners and more experienced rafters alike. Kids can also join in if you’re looking for an activity for the whole family.
Aspen’s Saturday MarketSince opening in 1988, Aspen’s Saturday market has been adored by both visitors and locals. Enjoy the outdoors while getting your shopping fix by browsing 35 different vendors that sell locally grown fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. Additionally, you can browse and purchase art, crafts and more from talented Colorado artisans. There are even animals like alpacas and goats that you can feed.
The market takes place every Saturday morning from 8:30 am-1 pm. The market requires every individual to wear a mask and to social distance so that everyone can browse safely during this time.
North Star Nature PreserveThe North Star Nature Preserve is 245 acres of scenic flatland in Aspen where you can go and experience a variety of activities in nature. Float down the North Fork River while trying out stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing. The preserve is also home to plenty of wildlife, such as moose and beavers, and is known for its birding. You might even be able to spot some great blue herons while you’re here!
Snowmass Bike Park
Silver Queen Gondola
Aspen is known for its mountains, so what better way to enjoy the outdoors this summer than to go up one? Aspen Mountain is over 11,000 feet tall, and the Silver Queen Gondola will take you right up to the top! The gondola is a great way to breathe in the mountain air and get a view of the entire city from up high—without having to climb it all. Here, you will be able to see a spectacular view of the White River National Forest, the Elk Mountains, and the Highlands Bowl. The gondola ride is 14 minutes long and spans over 11,000 feet, making it one of the longest gondola rides in America.