Snowmass isn't just for skiing
Summer is a fabulous time in the mountains of Aspen/Snowmass. Enjoy the fresh air, deep blue skies, and breathtaking beauty of the flower and mountain scenery. Summer brings plenty of adventure and fun with walking, hiking, biking, rafting, festivals, concerts, and being outdoors.
Mountain biking and boarding at the resort
Snowmass welcomes mountain bikes, mountain scooters and mountain boards. The Burlingame Lift will transport you and your equipment up the mountain, where you can discover miles of trails of every kind - from gentle roads to challenging singletracks.
Cycling, Road and Mountain
Backcountry roads and trails traverse the entire Aspen/Snowmass area, including a path that links Aspen and Snowmass, taking you through pastoral ranchlands and aspen-lined mountain settings. There are many designated bike paths in the valley, making it safe and enjoyable to get from one village to the other. Try one of the scenic road rides up Maroon Creek to the Maroon Bells or Castle Creek to Ashcroft. Mountain biker? Go for the Government trail back toward the Snowmass/Maroon Bells Wilderness area. This is why mountain biking is so much fun! Bike rentals and accessories are easily available.
Experience the high country's breathtaking beauty on foot. Whether you're looking for a casual stroll or a tough uphill climb, the Aspen/Snowmass area offers trails of all types. Plan your trip from mid-July to mid-August and catch the high alpine meadows with the wildflowers in full bloom.
Ascend a 14,000-foot peak and discover the thrill of technical rock climbing, alpine mountaineering, expedition training and backpacking trips. Rock climbing opportunities abound throughout the Aspen/Snowmass area - visit the locals' favorite areas up Independence Pass.
Voted "Best New Course" by Colorado Golf Magazine, the 18-hole, par-72 Snowmass Club Golf Course boasts 7,008 yards designed by Jim Engh. Amenities at this semi-private course include a learning center, practice area, clubhouse and the Black Saddle Bar & Grille. Five other golf courses are within a 45-minute drive.
The Snowmass Club features 11 outdoor courts surrounded by breathtaking views of the Elk Mountain Range. USTPA pros offer private, semi-private and group lessons, and the full-service Summer Tennis Pro Shop offers an extensive variety of apparel, shoes and racquets, as well as racquet repair, rentals and demos.
Rodeo Celebrating its 38th season, the Snowmass Rodeo is the oldest continuously running community rodeo in Colorado. Authentic western fun for the whole family includes cowboys and cowgirls showing their daring skills in bull riding, team roping, barrel racing and bronco riding. Lil' buckaroos can compete in the calf scramble and in mutton bustin'. Shop for western merchandise while the kids explore the petting zoo, take a pony ride and ride the mechanical bull. Enjoy the best ribs and BBQ chicken in the West provided by Aspen's famous Hickory House. Full bar also available. Enjoy a campfire cowboy sing-along and marshmallow roast complete a perfect Colorado evening.
An ideal camping destination, Snowmass is surrounded by magnificent wilderness areas, including the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Hunter Frying Pan Wilderness and Lost Man Wilderness areas.
Whether you're looking for a calm day on easy, gentle Class I water, or an exhilarating trip down powerful and intense Class IV rapids, you'll find half-day and full-day trips of all levels on the Roaring Fork, Arkansas and Colorado rivers. Whitewater rafting is one of our most popular summer activities. Our outfitter has years of experience and is located across the street from our own Stonebridge Inn.
Take off down the river on a sledge, a sturdy plastic board specifically designed to help navigate the rapids. Invented in New Zealand, whitewater sledging is a little like river boarding and a little like body boarding.
Choose from wild to mild on the Roaring Fork River, which offers everything from extreme excitement through the action-packed Slaughterhouse rapids to easy stretches of gently moving water from Woody Creek to Old Snowmass.
Experience the thrilling art of casting for cutthroat trout in the Aspen/Snowmass area's streams, nearby alpine lakes and the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers. If you've never fly fished before, local companies offer overnight and 1-1/2 day trips that will teach you what you need to know and take you where the fishing's good.
Enjoy forests of aspen and pine as you climb to wildflower-carpeted high alpine meadows where the views seem to go on forever. A backcountry, four-wheel drive excursion gives you a terrific sense of the scale of the country around you and top-of-the-world scenery you will never forget!
Take a guided horseback tour across Snowmass Mountain, giving you the opportunity to explore aspen forests and wildflower meadows and see exquisite views of the Roaring Fork Valley and Mt. Daly. Half-day, full-day and overnight trips are available through a variety of outfitters. Old timers say it's the way to see the mountains!
Soar over the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains in a hot air balloon and experience panoramic views of the rugged landscape, 14,000-foot peaks and wildlife in the alpine meadows below. You can go ballooning year-round, with each season presenting its own unique allure.
With no experience necessary, adventurers of all ages can soar on the currents of the wind with a professional United States Hang Gliding Association-certified tandem pilot. Enjoy the unique sensation of free flight, along with breathtaking views of the area's magnificent alpine scenery. For this absolutely unforgettable experience, don't forget to bring your camera!
Try your hand at this unique sport, which features an 18-hole course on Snowmass Mountain. Start at the top of the Burlingame Lift and work your way down to the Snowmass Village Mall, trying to hit each hole - basically a netted basket - with Frisbees of different sizes.
Test your mountain climbing skills in a safe environment where all climbers are harnessed and supervised. Our 25-foot rock-climbing wall, located at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall, is open daily.
Capture the stunning alpine scenery surrounding Snowmass at these top photo spots, accessed by mountain bike or four-wheeler:
- Elk Camp summit - Get a wide-open view of Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells, along with stunning views of the West Willow Basin on the backside of the Snowmass ski area.
- Top of the Cirque - Take the short walk from the Cirque Poma to the high point directly ahead, where the views are 360 degrees.
- Cliffside, half-way down Sneaky's and Big Burn - Enjoy views of the rugged drainage between Garret's Peak, Mt. Daly and Mt. Sopris.
- Top of Sam's Knob - Here you'll have sweeping views of the Brush Creek Valley, Wildcat ranch and up the mountain to the Big Burn.
Find anything you want and more at the Snowmass Village Mall, whose multiple shopping levels climb right up the ski slope. Mall retailers offer everything from jewelry, clothing and home accessories to sportswear, eyewear, quilts and salon services.
Summer of Free Music Series
Bring a blanket and picnic basket to Fanny Hill on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and enjoy free concerts featuring everything from reggae to rock to R&B.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Take a self-guided tour of the studios, where ceramics and sculpture, furniture and woodworking, painting and printmaking, photography and digital imaging are created.
The Crystal Palace
Laugh non-stop at Aspen's original comedy fest, a dinner theater that begins with a sumptuous meal served by professional actors, followed by a hilarious revue of today's headlines - where no topic is sacred and no public figure is safe.