Your First Summer in Aspen

Everything you need to know to plan a perfect summer visit.

Couple enjoys the mountain views on their first Aspen summer visit

In winter, Aspen Snowmass is famous for 5,500+ acres of skiable and ridable terrain spread across four mountains. But by summer, snowy slopes are replaced with meadows of wildflowers, and activities shift to mountain biking, hiking, sightseeing, ziplines, ropes courses and more, all concentrated on Snowmass and Aspen Mountain.

Hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails can be found in the mountains surrounding the resort, including the pristine and spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. There are also plenty of festivals throughout the Valley—like the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the Snowmass Balloon Festival—plus weekly live music events, bike races, and more.

Read on to discover the endless possibilities of summer at Aspen Snowmass—your first of many.

A woman trail running near Maroon Bells

Get the Lay of the Land

Never been to Aspen Snowmass or the Roaring Fork Valley? Get a feel for where things are with our destination overview.

A Perfect Place for Families

At Aspen Snowmass, there's plenty to discover no matter your age. For little ones, it might be a new sense of independence at Camp Aspen Snowmass. For teens, the confidence to conquer a mountain biking trail or climbing wall. Grownups find new perspectives here too, whether riding the gondola or walking through the wildflowers. Here, families disconnect to reconnect—with the mountains, themselves, and each other.

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Plan your family's first summer vacation at Aspen Snowmass.
Three friends enjoy the view at Aspen Mountain

Summer at Aspen Snowmass on a Budget

Aspen Snowmass can accommodate nearly any summer vacation, including one that's on a budget. Check out our list of fun, affordable must-do's in the area.

Summer Adventures at Aspen Snowmass

There are many ways to quantify adventure here. How high can you climb? How fast can you go on the zipline or coaster? How much dirt do you have to wash off your bike? No matter your measuring stick, Aspen Snowmass has the right amount of adrenaline for you—and we make it easy to find.

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What to Do (and Eat) at Aspen Snowmass

For a town its size, Aspen’s credibility among foodies and culture vultures is enormous. Aspen sustains its culinary cred with farm-fresh produce and an innovative chef community that pushes our restaurant scene forward. Mix in world-class ballet, art, concerts, and shopping, and you'll quickly realize what all the fuss is about.

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Plan your summer vacation meals and activities at Aspen Snowmass.
Food & Wine Classic at Aspen

What It's Like: The Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Considered by many to be the premier food and wine event in the country, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic is a fixture on our annual culinary calendar.

Summer Relaxation at Aspen Snowmass

Rejuvenating the human spirit has long been an integral part of the Aspen Snowmass experience, no matter the season. Start your day with mountaintop yoga, take a walk along the Roaring Fork River, and let the fresh air bring fresh perspectives. Taking care of your mind, body and spirit is what it’s all about.

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