Last Updated May 20, 2022 5/20/2022

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Aspen in the Summer

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Vivid blankets of wildflowers, crystal lakes, rushing rivers, a bustling local food scene, perfect weather, and towering mountains—I’m talking about a little town in Colorado called Aspen. Typical referenced for its renowned slopes, you’re completely missing out if you overlook this beautiful destination for a summer getaway.

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Rafting and Kayaking
rafting

Rafting and Kayaking

With class II and III whitewater rapids, traveling by boat in Aspen is an extreme, and thrilling summer activity. Surrounded by mountains, the river is breathtaking. Portions of the water do have more tame rapids, so there’s time to soak in the beauty.

Fishing
fishing on a dock

Fishing

Aspen undoubtedly has some of the best fishing in Colorado. Brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout can be caught in the Roaring Fork River. Snowmass Lake is so gorgeous that it’s surreal, with mountains swaddling its clear blue, fish-filled waters. A worthwhile hike guides fishermen to the lake.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking trails are superb, with a route suitable to all experience levels. Walking the Rio Grande Trail is fitting for beginners and leisure strolls. With views of the roaring fork road, and smooth paths perfect for strollers, this trail allows practically any visitor to absorb the outdoor beauty of Aspen.

The Local Market
Aspen Saturday Market

The Local Market

The Aspen Saturday Market operates from mid-June to mid-October. Fresh local produced and handmade goods fill the “u” shaped mountainside path.

Wildflowers
stunning mountain view near Aspen

Wildflowers

Northwest states have the most gorgeous wildflowers, and while you can see them in a variety of spots, Cathedral and American Lake are loaded with color during the season.

Gondola Views
Gondola ride, Aspen

Gondola Views

Have you ever traveled up a ski gondola during the summer? The perspective is unique from winter views, and often at the top, there’s much to enjoy. Take a ride up Aspen Mountain via the Silver Queen Gondola, and enjoy stir fry and scenery at Sundeck.

Great Weather
Downtown Aspen

Great Weather

As if the towering mountains and vibrant green foliage weren’t enough, Aspen’s day time temperature peaks at about 80, and floats down into the lower 70’s and upper 60’s at night. Southerners and extreme northerners crave this kind of neutral weather!

Hot Springs
mountain biking in Aspen

Hot Springs

Unwind from long hikes and biking with a soak in a natural hot spring. Penny Hot Spring is near Aspen on Highway 133 and is free of charge. With mountainous surroundings, the 20-foot wide, 2-foot deep pool is an incredible way to experience Aspen’s summer beauty.

Easier to Get To
Aspen, Colorado

Easier to Get To

It’s common sense really, no snow means easier navigation. Driving, walking, flying—literally every travel method is immensely easier in the summer.

Hot Air Balloon Rides
Above It All Balloon Company Inc.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

If there’s one best way to see Aspen in the summer, it’s via a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the mountains, with Above it All Balloon Co. Nothing is quite as serene, and there’ll be a delicious brunch complete with cheese, chocolate covered strawberries and mimosas waiting for you upon landing.

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