A Summer Sunday On Aspen Mountain
The essential Sunday itinerary in Aspen includes mountain-top views, exercise and good food, but it really centers around free bluegrass concerts at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola.
Featuring brands from around Colorado, the bluegrass concerts run every summer Sunday (June 18 through September 3) from 12pm to 3pm, and are free to the public. Make a day out of it and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Take The Gondola
Insider tip: Snag one of the red gondolas and choose your own music playlist by connecting your smartphone.
- : accessible from town by foot (head down Ute Avenue until you see the trailhead on the right) most hikers stop at Ute Rock approximately .9 miles up the trail. If you venture beyond this spot for 2.2 miles you finally reach the top of the gondola. Be warned that this is a steep one, but the majority of it is shaded, so you can usually stay cool. The Ute Trail
- : Head up Ajax Trail until you hit the convergence with the Aspen Mountain Summer Road. The Summer Road climbs roughly 3,000 feet over roughly 4.9 miles— it’s less steep than the Ute Trail, but still a lengthy uphill.Aspen Mountain Summer Road
Pickin' a Perfect Lineup
Some of bluegrass' most celebrated bands and musicians will be heading to the Sundeck this summer to strum at altitude and serenade the wildflowers. Among many of the highlights: Dave Carrol from Trampled by Turtles will be joining the Jay Roemer Band on July 30. Get the full schedule the link below.
At The Top (Besides The Tunes)
The Sundeck RestaurantTreat yourself to lunch while you listen to the music. Choose from options like made-to-order stir fry, pizzas, hand-tossed salads and plenty of beverages in a cafeteria-style setting.
Bring a PicnicMaybe you’re more inclined to eat lunch halfway through your hike, or bring a blanket and set up your own smorgasborg. Stop at a downtown shop like Meat & Cheese for a selection of (you guessed it) meat and cheeses, or The Big Wrap for to-go sandwiches. Pretty much everything tastes better at 11,000 feet.
Play disc golfThis might be one of the few sports that won’t make you feel winded at such a high elevation, and the views are nearly impossible to beat. With 18 total holes, the top nine are suited for all playing abilities, while the back nine will provide more challenge. Disc golf is free with the purchase of a gondola ticket.
Tackle an obstacle courseFor the small humans feeling restless, check out the free obstacle course as a way to get the wiggles out between sets. Fun play areas for kids ages 1 to 8 abound as well.
Après Spots (Downtown Aspen)
Ajax TavernSip Veuve Cliquot by the glass and watch the people go by at this sunny spot on the gondola plaza.
Limelight Hotel AspenWith Happy Hour from 3–7pm daily, this is an obvious choice for a post-hike drink. Enjoy select discounts on beers and wine, or try a house margarita, mule or mimosa for $6.
Around DowntownThroughout downtown, you will find several excellent restaurants, many with surprising happy hour specials. A local institution founded in 1892, every trip to Aspen needs at least one stop at The Red Onion. Or join the locals at the popular Aspen Brewing Company for a cold pint.
Published June 2017