Aspen Snowmass Summer Activities
The complete list of Aspen Snowmass Summer Activities is next to endless, so we’ve prioritized this guide to focus on those that longtime locals are likely to recommend.
Take in panoramic views of the Elk Mountains riding the gondolas at Aspen and Snowmass. At the top, you can enjoy gourmet dining, have a picnic, go for a self-guided hike, play disc golf, take a guided nature walk, or participate in the mountaintop activities unique to each mountain.
At the top of Aspen’s Silver Queen Gondola sits the Sundeck restaurant at 11,200 feet above sea level. It is famous for its stunning views of the Elk Mountains and a kids play area that both children and adults love. Those who just want to chill out when visiting the top of Aspen Mountain can indulge in the sweet sounds of live outdoor music and those looking for a more active experience can participate in morning yoga, disc golf or a nature walk.
There tons of summer fun waiting at the top of Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass every summer. After unloading from the gondola, riders have access to mountain biking trails, nature hikes, the Lost Forest, kids fishings and the Elk Camp chairlift which takes riders to the summit of Snowmass.
Once at the summit, soak in the views from the Maroon Vista Gathering Deck at 11,323 feet above sea level before heading back down to explore the Lost Forest. This new attraction is home to a challenge course, climbing wall, alpine coaster, zipline and other exhilarating activities. You are bound to be a bit hungry after all that fun. Thankfully the Elk Camp restaurant has exceptional food not to be missed.
Snowmass features a variety of mountain biking trails for all ability levels, accessible via the Elk Camp Gondola. Additionally, there are many less challenging but equally as impressive area rides for all types of bikers. Want to improve, advance, or pick up style points? Check out the bike clinics available throughout the summer. Rentals are available through Four
Mountain Sports in the Snowmass Village Mall.
Mountain Biking at Snowmass is typically offered from late June through September. If you are planning an early or late season trip, call Aspen Snowmass before you travel to make sure the trails will be open and lifts spinning.
Want to design your own customized Snowmass vacation adventure? personalized expeditions are available for all ages and abilities through Aspen Snowmass Guest Services. Adventure options include mountain fishing, private camping, run and gun paintball, and downhill mountain biking. Groups such as family reunions, birthday parties, and bachelor/bachelorette parties can also design their own events.
Reservations required so please call 970-923-1227 or 877-282-7736 to book your own custom adventure.
Engage with nature and learn about the beautiful Rocky Mountain ecosystems within the Roaring Fork River Valley and White Mountain National Forest. The 25-acre preserve at Hallam Lake features an indoor trout stream and resident golden eagle, while the Rock Bottom Ranch facility takes visitors on farmyard tours.
Check out the sights of Mount Daly, Capitol Peak, and the Elk Mountains from 2,500 feet above Snowmass. View wildlife like elk, deer, and fox from your lofty vantage for about an hour, then return to the ground for a champagne brunch. Above It All Balloon Company is the best in the business.
Whether you want a relaxed float trip or a more exciting whitewater rafting experience, there are multiple rafting companies in the Aspen Snowmass area that offer all sorts of river adventures. Options include whitewater rafting, inflatable duckies, kayaking, fly fishing, and stand up paddle boarding.
Both the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers have been designated Gold Medal fishing waters by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The two rivers account for 32 of the 322 miles of Gold Medal waters in Colorado. Anglers can also visit the Lower Colorado outside Glenwood Springs to try their luck at catching the large brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. If you want to make sure you end up catching fish, enlist an Aspen guide service to help you find them.
Explore the Elk Mountains surrounding Aspen Snowmass in true Wild West style on horseback. Rides typically vary based on experience and ability. Overnight pack trips are available in addition to half and full day trips, some of which include the option to fish creeks encountered along the way.
The Snowmass Rodeo, a local institution for over 45 years, is the longest running rodeo in Colorado. Visitors can experience this authentic western event every Wednesday evening through mid-August. The Rodeo is accompanied by a BBQ dinner and cocktails, vendor booths, live entertainment, and a marshmallow roast.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for family activities, BBQ, bar & shopping. The rodeo takes place from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Parking is free as is entrance for children under 11.
Rock climbing in Snowmass is available for all skill levels. Climb the Rocky Mountains on your own or with certified local guides who can show you the best climbs around the area.
Those who want to climb on their own will find amazing sport climbing between Aspen and Independence Pass. Those looking for a bit more guidance can pick from several mountain guide companies that cater to visiting climbers. Indoor climbing is available daily at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center as well as the Aspen Recreation Center.
The famous Golf Course at Snowmass was designed by award-winning architect Jim Engh and has tremendous views, especially those of Mt. Daly on the 11th hole. The clubhouse and pro shop have everything a golfer might need and tee time bookings are available three days in advance.
Those looking to hit the links a bit closer to Aspen can visit the City of Aspen municipal golf course or the Maroon Creek Club.
Pair up with USHPA Certified Tandem Pilot from Aspen Paragliding to experience unparalleled views of the Elk Mountains, Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells. Launch off the top of Aspen Mountain and ride thermal air currents several thousand feet above the summit, soaring to an altitude of 18,000 feet (on good days).
Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village is the place to be on Thursday nights all summer long. Every week from June through August, Jazz Aspen Snowmass hosts a new musical act that visitors and locals get to enjoy for free. Bring the kids and a blanket and relax into summertime tunes.
Every Tuesday throughout July and August, Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain offers up an unparalleled dining experience inspired by the farm to table movement. Enjoy locally-sourced à la carte dining, outdoor family activities, live music, a cash bar, local beer, distillery tastings and more. Make sure to bring the family and an extra layer in case it gets chilly once the sun goes down.
We hope you found an Aspen Snowmass summer activity or two to explore during your next trip. If you still need some extra inspiration for summertime fun in Snowmass, check out our guide to Snowmass Summer Events.
Don’t forget to book a condo in Snowmass Village if you want to have access to most of these Aspen Snowmass summer activities right outside your door.