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Things to Do in Aspen

Activities in Aspen

Aspen has a wide variety of activities for people to enjoy. If you like to be outside, we recommend fishing, hiking, mountain biking or visiting the Maroon Bells. If you want to self indulge, you can enjoy a spa day, or Aspen has amazing shopping and galleries, as well as some of the best food and wine in the country!

Visit Maroon Bells

Visit Aspen's iconic peak Maroon Bells. A reflective lake and two giant snow-striped mountaintops, named Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, anchor a blissful panorama exemplified by a symphony of color that changes with the seasons. Because the natural landmark is so popular, there is restricted access to the area during the summer and fall. Reservations are required this year to visit the Maroon Bells Scenic Area by personal vehicle or shuttle.

Maroon Bells Information 


Aspen is a hiker's dream and offers endless opportunities from beginner to expert to see the beautiful mountain scenery.

Hiking in Aspen

Beginners will be comfortable on the Rio Grande Trail , which starts behind the post office on Puppy Smith Road and follows a paved path most of the way along the Roaring Fork River. An intermediate option is a 1.5-mile trek up Smuggler Mountain Trail, leading to a lookout point with stunning views of Aspen below. Those ready for a challenge can take on the rigorous 8.5-mile excursion up to secluded Conundrum Hot Springs, while the trailheads in and around nearby Maroon Bells are a quintessential bucket-list item and encompass various difficulty levels. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to view abundant swathes of wildflowers in the summer: The Cathedral Lake and American Lake trails are just two prime spots for amazing color.

Check out for Maroon Bells and wildflower hikes.


Explore Aspen by bike! To venture on your own, Aspen Sports offers comfort bikes and downhill mountain bikes.

Biking in Aspen

One popular biking jaunt is the Rio Grande Trail, which goes all the way to Glenwood Springs. Stop off at Woody Creek Tavern for lunch about one-third of the way to Basalt. After you eat lunch, you can either bike back to town, or the bike shop will pick you and your bike up. Woody Creek is not to be missed, and the Rio Grande Trail is gorgeous.

If you prefer road cycling, there are plenty of fun expeditions to choose from: 22 mile round-trip on Maroon Creek Road to see the iconic wine-colored peaks of the Maroon Bells, a strenuous 40-mile ride over Independence Pass, or Castle Creek Road’s 24 mile round-trip to Ashcroft ghost town. Electric bikes make these jaunts much easier.

Horseback Riding

One of the most popular summer activities in Aspen is Horseback Riding. The Roaring Fork Valley has many outfitters offering scenic rides and tours.

Horseback Riding 

Thrill Seeking Adventures

Aspen already sits at about 8,000 feet in elevation, but daredevils who want to achieve even higher altitudes can do so with gutsy ventures. Aspen Paragliding’s certified pilots will take you on a tandem flight up to 18,000 feet for the ultimate bird’s eye view. (

Or, book an hour-long sunrise hot air balloon ride above the Elk Mountains via Above It All Balloon Co. ( .

Rock climbers can take to the routes around Independence Pass just east of Aspen and scale massive walls of granite, or stick closer to town at Gold Butte Climbing Area, accessible from the Sunnyside Trail parking area.

Fly Fishing

Colorado guided river wading trips have historically been the most popular way for visitors to experience guided fly fishing here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Fly Fishing guides take pride in their ability to provide an exceptional experience for veteran fly-fisherman, as well as for our guests who are first-timers.

Aspen Fly Fishing

Spas in Aspen

Enjoy a rejuvenating day at one of Aspen's many luxury spas. Remède Spa in The St. Regis has been named the world's best hotel spa by Travel + Leisure Magazine. O2 Life offers eco-chic luxuries for the body and soul with their holistic approach to health and wellness.

Remède Spa 

O2 Aspen 

Aspen Food Guide

It is no secret that Aspen is home to some of the best culinary experiences in the country.

Every street is lined with cuisine from all over the world that will be satisfy any pallet.

Aspen Food and Wine

Retail Therapy

Though downtown Aspen is relatively compact, it manages to fit in more than 200 shops ranging from consignment to eclectic boutiques and designer storefronts. Spend an afternoon strolling the pedestrian malls and browsing vintage apparel, fashion trends, accessories, art, home goods, unique gifts and more.

KemoSabe is not to be missed if you are looking for an authentic and personalized cowboy hat.


If you would like to pamper yourself on our wedding day, there are great salons in town for hair and makeup services.

Salon Tullio

Full Circle 

Ajax Hair Salon and Spa