What to do in Aspen During the Summer?

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Fun in Aspen doesn’t melt away with the snow. As summer turns the landscape green, locals and visitors trade their skis for hiking boots and head for plenty of outdoor adventure. And there’s always the dining and shopping scene to check out. Aspen is perfect for exploring on foot, and a cluster of over 200 restaurants and shops always amazes visitors. Plan a getaway today and include these top things to do in Aspen during the summer.

Roaring Fork Valley Trails

Wildflowers and stunning views make for enchanting hiking in Aspen’s summer landscape. You’ll find a variety of trails from beginners to bucket list st Roaring Fork. Beginners can start the Rio Grande Trail on Puppy Smith Rd. behind the post office. Intermediate hikers will love a trek up Smuggler Mountain Trail which ends at a looking point for great views of the town below. If you’re ready for the challenge, hike the 8.5-mile trail to Conundrum Hot Springs. Or for the ultimate bucket list hike, hit the trailheads around Maroon Bells.

Ride the Silver Queen Gondola

A ride up the Aspen Mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola is a must-do for a summer Aspen getaway. The views are breathtaking, and a gondola ticket gets you several free activities. Practice mountain top yoga June through July. There’s live music every summer weekend. Go putting at the 18-hole golf course, one of the highest in the world. Later, watch the sunset while dining on the patio of the Sundeck, a casual restaurant serving Asian, American, and Mediterranean cuisine.

Aspen Festivals & Events

Several events at Aspen venues are sponsored each summer by the Jazz Aspen Snowmass. They put on the Aspen Music Festival & School from late June to late August. The festival features classical music and training to students. For more musical events by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, head to nearby Snowmass for their free summer concert series. You can also attend performances at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Wheeler Opera House or Theatre Aspen. All three feature fantastic stage shows with dance and vocal acts. Don’t miss the Belly Up, Aspen’s hottest concert venue whose past shows have featured Snoop Dogg and The Flaming Lips.

Water Fun on the Roaring Fork River

From fly fishing to epic rafting over challenging rapids, the Fork is a source of water fun for everyone. The river east of Aspen is calm enough for paddleboarding. Local outfitters are available to lead you rafting or kayaking on the rapids from class I to class IV. Or spend a tranquil time fly-fishing in the river’s Gold Medal fishing holes for rainbow trout.

Where to Stay Near The Best Attractions

There are so many different things to do in Aspen during the summer, but where can you stay that puts you near it all? We recommend finding a vacation rental from Aspen Signature Properties that can accommodate both small and large groups while being conveniently located. Be near the best summer events and activities by staying in a luxury vacation rental in Aspen!

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