Best Outdoor Activities in CO - Aspen

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Cradled in the heart of the Rockies, Aspen has cemented its name as one of the top winter and summer destinations in Colorado. Aspen offers outstanding outdoor experiences all year round – from the four famous ski mountains in the winter, to the miles and miles of trails to explore biking and hiking in the summer. Top it off with colorful music festivals, exciting apres-ski parties, excellent hotel and dining choices, and possible celebrity sightings, and you have the makings of an unforgettable mountain getaway. Just 3 hours away from Denver, you can easily include an Aspen trip to your Colorado adventure itinerary.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Resort make this ski town a world renowned ski destination. Aspen Snowmass has tons of terrain at 5517 skiable acres and is perfect for adventure-seeking skiers – its trail breakout is 6% beginner, 43% intermediate, 17% advanced, and 34% expert. With an average 300 inches of snow annually, you’ll get your much-needed pow fix.

In summertime, Aspen becomes a popular destination for biking enthusiasts. When the snow melts, the mountains’ entire 3000-vertical feet reveals almost 350 miles of biking trails. With 44 trails for beginners and families, 62 trails for intermediate riders, and 2 trails for black diamond fans, there’s a trail for everyone in Aspen.

Road biking is also front and center in Aspen, with high-altitude climbs and beautiful scenery that make every ride a unique experience. The best paved biking trails to check out include Owl Creek to Snowmass, The Rio Grande Trail, and the ABC Trail to the Airport.

E-bikes are quickly becoming popular in Aspen. They’re great for commuting and for exploring the area without having to strain at this altitude. E-biking is allowed in Owl Creek, Rio Grande, Aspen Mass, Basalt Old Snowmass, Crystal, Emma, Lazy Glen, and East of Aspen trails.

Aspen is known for its adventure-filled landscapes – it will be hard to run out of things to do. This adventure hub can be pricier compared to other Colorado destinations so it pays to plan ahead. Prime months for visiting Aspen are from December to March, and prices are higher during this time. Opting for a summer trip means prices dip nicely, temperatures increase, are outdoor events multiply.

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