If you’ve fallen in love with Aspen Snowmass in winter, odds are you’ll love it just as much in summer. The area’s incredible mountain biking, scenic hiking, river recreation and easy access to the beautiful Maroon Bells area are mingled with the constant excitement of the town of Aspen and Snowmass Village. Discover what your summer vacation can be.
In summertime, Snowmass’ deep stashes of powder give way to waist-high wildflowers and tranquil aspen forests. Things literally shift gears, as mountain bikers of all abilities ride up the Elk Camp Gondola and gleefully ride down its 50 miles of trails. Hikers can take a nature tour and families can enjoy endless fun at Camp Aspen Snowmass. New this year is the Lost Forest, complete with the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, a ropes course and zipline.
As you board the Silver Queen Gondola in the heart of downtown Aspen, you’ll quickly discover how different this legendary mountain is in summer. Saturated in all shades of green, the mountain’s slopes take on a whole new meaning. Access hiking trails, enjoy yoga and bluegrass from the mountain top, or simply bask in the Sundeck’s view with a delicious lunch. The mountain is calling.
Note: the Silver Queen Gondola will be undergoing routine maintenance throughout June and will be closed during this time.
For the first time, Buttermilk will be open for a period of time this summer (2021). That's because, while the Silver Queen Gondola undergoes routine maintenance in June, we will shift operations to the mountain that's become famous for its mountaintop views of Pyramid Peak. Enjoy lunch at the Cliffhouse, go on a hike, or play a round of disc golf. For the first half of summer, it's happening at Buttermilk!
The soul of a mountain town, the heart of a city. What is true with Aspen in winter is certainly true in summer. The season kicks off with one of North America’s most celebrated foodie festivals, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, an event that underscores this town’s culinary cred. Arts and culture (such as the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet), outdoor concerts, excellent shopping … there really is no limit to what you can enjoy with an Aspen summer vacation.
Meanwhile, summertime in Snowmass Village is synonymous with gorgeous mountain-bike trails, on-mountain activities at Elk Camp, al fresco dining, and a low-key vibe conducive to deep relaxation. Here and there, special events — such as the Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival and a free outdoor concert series through the summer — liven things up. Hiking, the summer Rodeo and hot-air balloon rides simply take your summer vacation to a whole new level.
From the twin striated-peaks of Maroon Bells to the alpine wonderland of Independence Pass, the Roaring Fork Valley that surrounds Aspen Snowmass offers boundless opportunity for exploration. Hikers and photographers delight in national forest trails profuse with wildflowers, while cyclists love the valley’s scenic and challenging roads for Tour de France-style bike rides. Running through the heart of the valley is its namesake river, which offers anglers, kayakers and SUPers several stretches of pristine water.