Aspen Snowmass on a Budget
Because of this, it is also easy to stretch your dollar and find plenty of fun, engaging and enriching things to do on a budget. Here are a handful of ideas to help you plan your winter vacation for less.
Cross Country Skiing to Maroon Lake
If you are keen for a strenuous and scenic workout, rent a pair of cross-country skis and head 10-miles up Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Lake at the foot of the majestic Maroon Bells. If that’s too much of a haul, the Roaring Fork Valley and the area surrounding Snowmass Village is traversed by several trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to delight in. Gear rentals are available in town.
Aspen Center For Environmental Studies (Aces)
One of Aspen’s most beloved local institutions, ACES offers up several ways for visitors to engage with nature and learn about the precious Rocky Mountain ecosystems that surround us. Stop by their 25-acre preserve at Hallam Lake where you can view an indoor trout stream and meet a golden eagle, or visit their Rock Bottom Ranch facility for a farmyard tour. ACES also offers snowshoe naturalist tours on Snowmass Mountain everyday.
Shopping on the Cheap
Sure, you’ll find a few noteworthy fashion houses in downtown Aspen, selling the latest fashions fresh from the runways of Paris and Milan. But you’ll also find a handful of exceptional consignment shops, offering high-quality second-hand goods at great prices.
Arts and Culture
Aspen Art Museum
For more than 35 years, the Aspen Art Museum has been the cultural vanguard in town. In fact, many major metropolitan cities in North America would envy the quality of this innovative and immersive institution. The museum's new building (open since 2014) houses exhibitions and educational programs and has garnered national attention for its architecture. The AAM has been a champion of permeating art across the community, with installations around town, and even on Aspen-Snowmass’ lift tickets.
Location: 0861 Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO Admission: $17.20 / adults; $15.20 / youth; $7.60 / seniors
Where To Eat
Published February 2016