Trails and Hikes

The surrounding Aspen area, from Maroon Bells to Independence Pass, offers many recreation opportunities and trails for summer hiking, mountain and road biking. Here are 10 suggestions. Some trails begin right in Aspen while others require a short driv …

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Mountain Biking

The Roaring Fork Valley is recognized for more than 300 miles of single-track trails and miles of additional routes between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. It was the first Gold-Level designation in Colorado and just the seventh worldwide. You will find a …

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Colorado Fourteeners

Colorado has 58 Fourteeners – the most of any state in the Union. The Elk mountain range surrounding Aspen contains seven peaks above 14,000 feet, all in Wilderness Areas, and are some of Colorado’s most rugged and beautiful mountains. Difficult and da …

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Rivers

The Tyrolean Lodge in Aspen is located near the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River.  There are a number of local water activities. Whitewater rafting is the ultimate Colorado experience and Aspen is home to mellow streams and Class IV rapids alike. I …

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Rock Climbing

The following information is provided through excerpts from Heinous Cling: A Climbers Guide to Independence Pass, by Andre Wille Independence Pass has long been a very active climbing area. The first routes were put up in the late 1950’s, and are now o …

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10th Mountain Division Huts

The 10th Mountain Division Hut System lies in the mountains between Aspen and Vail. There are 24 huts situated in spectacular terrain that provide deluxe shelter for back country skiers and mountain bikers. The value of this amazing organization is not …

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Adventures in The Lost Forest

The Lost Forest isn’t hard to find, though it may be overlooked. Hidden among the trees and rocks, Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain boasts outdoor adventures throughout the forest. The Lost Forest provides guests an opportunity to be completely immersed i …

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Spring Backcountry Skiing

The spring alpine ski touring or A.T. skiing, in the Elk Mountains around Aspen and Marble, Colorado is unsurpassed. While the Rocky Mountain snowpack can be very dangerous all winter, the avalanche conditions usually stabilize somewhat in mid-April to …

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Nordic Ski Trails

Your stay at the Tyrolean Lodge puts over 100 Kms of free cross country trails for classic and skate cross-country skiing and snow shoeing from Aspen to Snowmass at your feet. Ashcroft Ski Touring has 35 Km of groomed trails with stunning views, rivers …

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Alpine Skiing

Aspen Mountain, put on the map in 1947, with famous black diamond mine dumps, aspen tree glades and smooth cruising down Copper and Spar Gulch, it has it all! The Silver Queen Gondola only takes 15 minutes to rise 3,267′ vertical, an excellent choice o …

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