Aspen where the cowboy spirit of the Wild West meets high-end glitz and glamour.
Cowboys and ski bums and bunnies mingle alongside Business, Hollywood elites and extreme sports enthusiasts.
They come together to enjoy some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the US from snow capped mountain peaks, rushing rivers and tree-lined roads.
Aspen was founded as a Silver mining town in the 1800’s, and was named for the abundance of Aspen trees growing in the area. These trees are famous for their tall, thin trunks and golden leaves that in the Fall.
Aspen becomes an entirely new town in each season.
In the Fall, the city dresses up in golden foliage, while Winter sees blankets of snow.
Spring brings the wildflowers and brisk air, and melts into a gorgeous Summer where it’s impossible to stay indoors.
From classical concerts and festivals like Aspen Ideas in the Summer, to endless ski runs in the Winter, each season offers countless opportunities for fun.
Just be sure to check conditions ahead of time to make sure your favorite activities are being offered.
In April-May some resorts close down and hiking trails can be closed, so plan ahead.
Summer is really lovely in Aspen
Summer offers the best of all worlds, and you will want to take advantage of every moment of Sunlight to pack in a wealth of activities.
Get to the famous Maroon Bells before the Sun comes up so you can enjoy the colors illuminating the 14,000-ft peaks over the water.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, like hiking, mountain biking, and swimming.
Hike to the Grottos, a series of waterfalls and river caves where you can set up a picnic and take a dip in the cold waters.
Get an elevated perspective by crossing the Continental Divide at Independence Pass, the highest paved pass in North America.
End your day with the Aspen petal bikers who ride from one brewery to another every Tuesday night in the Summer, cheering and enjoying the cool Summer nights.
Independence pass is closed for a large part of the year. So start your research of activities to book before you arrive because space can be limited.
Please read and obey all signage and wilderness information, it is there for a reason. Respect Nature, always!
In the Fall the Leaves turn to Gold
The Aspen trees that surround the town turn gold in the Fall. Drive or bike the Castle Creek Road, which is lined with these glittering trees. End at Ashcroft, an abandoned mining town where you can experience that Fall feeling on a hike through empty buildings.
To get a full view of the trees dressing up the region, ride the Silver Queen Gondola from downtown to the top of Aspen Mountain.
When night falls, make your way to the Aspen Art Museum, then check out who’s playing in the clubs around town that feature live music.
Aspen is a Winter Wonderland
Aspen is most famous for its 4 Top-quality ski resorts: Buttermilk, Snowmass, Aspen, and Aspen Highlands.
In the Winter, ski buffs of all abilities ascend on the chairlifts. Hardcore skiers should check out Aspen Highlands for some of the steepest terrain in the region, while mainstream skiers should head up to Snowmass to access a variety of runs.
Buttermilk is for beginners.
If you are not comfortable skiing, sign up for a snowshoe tour. End a long day of outdoor adventuring with a visit to a spa, and let expert hands work you over at 1 of the many luxury resorts.
In the Spring
In Aspen Spring starts off cold and slowly melts into a beautiful but short season.
In early Spring enjoy the last of the season’s skiing, catching a tan on your way down the mountain.
As the hiking trails start opening up, go hunting for wildflowers peeking out of the ice.
For a mellow day cast a line and fly fishing in Roaring Fork River.
Late Spring is also perfect for white water rafting, as the melting Winter snow will yield incredible rapids for a wild adventure.
Après Ski Delights
A day in Aspen starts with fueling up for all the adventures ahead.
Poppycock’s cooks up delicious breakfasts to start your morning off the right way. Hit the slopes or the trails, and be sure to carve out time for the best meal in town: après-ski.
Apres-ski is the time between the ski lifts closing and dinner when adventurers pop the champagne and turn up the music.
For many, dinner means indulging in one of Aspen’s many incredible restaurants. like the White House Tavern, Casa Tua, and Crêperie du Village.
Where to Stay
When it Snows
It’s all about the ski resorts in Aspen, with the St. Regis Aspen and The Little Nell throwing their bids for top luxury experience.
Both feature world-class spas and endless amenities to make you feel like mountain royalty.
If you want something less Grand, consider renting a quaint cabin in the mountains, so you can curl up next to your own roaring fire at night.
If you are around in the Summer and long of a night under millions of stars, there is lots of space to camp out too.
What to Pack
Dressing the part is a must in Aspen. It is not easy looking great when on the 5th mile of an alpine hike or biking down the side of a mountain.
Musts for your Aspen packing list.
1. Rugged, stylish, and featherlight hiking boots get the job done on and off the trail. You must keep your feet warm
2. A good hoodie will keeping out a Colorado breeze, it is an Aspen necessity.
3. Aspen is so bright you will need sunglasses to keep the Sun out of your eyes when you are flying down the slopes.
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