Your First Aspen Summer

Couple enjoys the mountain views on their first Aspen summer visit

Aspen Snowmass is a mountain resort located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In winter, it is famous for four mountains of skiing and riding. But by summer, snowy slopes are replaced with meadows of wildflowers, and activities shift to mountain biking, hiking, ziplines, ropes courses, family-friendly camps, and the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, 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.
Get oriented with our special guide for your first summer visit, broken down by the most popular interests.
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.

The Perfect Place for Families

A young girl smiles while climbing the climbing wall at the Lost Forest

A young girl smiles while climbing the climbing wall at the Lost Forest

At Aspen Snowmass, your family will discover so many unexpected things. For your little one, it might be a new sense of independence at the ultrafun Camp Aspen Snowmass. For your teen, it could be the confidence to conquer a mountain biking trail, or overcoming a fear of heights on the Lost Forest's rope course. Your vacation memories will go beyond the mountain, too, with special events tailored for tastes of all ages. Get more information with our dedicated Family Guide for Summer.

Family Guide

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Three friends enjoy the view at Aspen Mountain

Aspen Snowmass on a Budget in the Summer

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.

The Season of Adventure

A cyclist navigates the trails at the Snowmass Bike Park.

A cyclist navigates the trails at the Snowmass Bike Park.

There are many ways to measure summer adventure at Aspen Snowmass. How high can you climb? How fast can you go on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster? How much dirt do you have to wash off your bike? No matter your measuring stick, Aspen Snowmass has the right amount for you. And we’ll make it easy for you to find it. For all-things-adrenaline, consult the following adventures.

Snowmass Bike Park

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Food & Culture

Aspen Snowmass food and culture

Aspen Snowmass food and culture

For a town its size, Aspen’s credibility among foodies and culture vultures is enormous. On matters of taste, few events in the country compare to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic in June. But long after the parties have ended, Aspen sustains its culinary cred with farm-fresh produce and the innovative chef community that pushes our restaurant scene forward. Mix in world-class ballet, art, and concerts, and you will quickly realize what all the fuss is about.

Dining Guide

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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.

Relaxation

Mountaintop yoga on Aspen Mountain

Mountaintop yoga on Aspen Mountain

Rejuvenating the human spirit has long been an integral part of the Aspen Snowmass experience, both in winter and summer. True, you can have as much adventure as you like at Aspen Snowmass, but why not have it both ways? Start your day with mountaintop yoga, take a walk along the Roaring Fork River, or treat yourself to a spa day. Taking care of your mind, body and spirit is what it’s all about.

The Aspen Way

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