Silver Queen Gondola in summer with wildflowers

Your First Summer in Aspen

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.
Silver Queen Gondola in summer with wildflowers
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Peak wildflower season is usually between late June and late July.

With a Sightseeing 3-Day Ticket, you can access all of the hiking trails, restaurants and live music on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass via the gondolas and lifts. Or, choose the right Lost Forest pass or bike park package for you to ramp up the adventure at Snowmass.

Beyond the resort, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails can be found in the valley and the pristine and spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass and Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness Areas. There are also plenty of festivals throughout the Roaring Fork 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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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? 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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Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells in summer with flowers

Maroon Bells in summer with flowers

It is one of the most essential sights to see in all of Colorado: the Maroon Bells. Located south of Aspen at the end of Maroon Creek Road, these duel 14,000-foot mountains rise above a picturesque lake. To get there during the day, you need to take the shuttle bus provided.

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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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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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