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  1. Independence Pass Climbing

    Aspen

    Independence Pass is one of the great alpine cragging venues in the world. Some of the sport routes are among some of Colorado's first rappel-bolted climbs, but the area features a mixed bag of traditional and sport climbing.

  2. Independence Pass Bouldering

    Aspen

    Nestled far enough away from the weekend crowds of Denver but only minutes outside of Aspen, Independence Pass is a bouldering jewel in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. The many glacially carved bouldering venues are situated on the highest paved pass in the state. Keep elevation in mind, if you're coming from lower land. The trails to the myriad of bouldering areas can be as short as parking amongst them to a 30-minute hike uphill. The vast majority bouldering areas are no more than a five minute hike along moderate to easy terrain.

  3. Ashcroft Cross-Country Skiing

    Aspen

    Located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from downtown Aspen, Ashcroft features 35 kilometers (22 miles) of world-class groomed trails for Nordic skiers, snowshoers and winter hikers to explore. There is also two kilometers of dog trails for furry friends.

  4. Aspen High School

    Aspen

    This 30-minute, three-mile (5 km) loop is a popular section of the Aspen Nordic Center’s free 60 miles of cross-country trails that run through Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Located around the Aspen High School and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, this challenging black-diamond rated trail offer both classic cross-country (XC) and skate.

  5. Owl Creek Cross Country Skiing

    Aspen

    This challenging, groomed Nordic trail, which runs from Aspen to Snowmass along the south side of the Owl Creek and Roaring Fork valleys, provides a great workout and incredible views of Independence Pass and Snowmass.

  6. North Star Preserve Cross-Country Skiing

    Aspen

    Winding among 175 acres of preserved Roaring Fork River wetlands, the North Star Nature Preserve cross-country trail offers an unforgettable Nordic experience.

  7. The 7 Biggest and Best Mountain Bike Trails in Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen

    Take your pick of the 7 biggest and best mountain bike trails in Aspen, including the Buttermilk Bowls loop and the new Sky Mountain Park.

  8. Catching Up With Centennial Peaks Skier Christy Mahon

    Aspen

    Along with her partners, Centennial Peaks skier Christy Mahon is a few peaks shy of summiting the top 100 highest peaks in Colorado.

  9. 5 Great Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Aspen During Late Winter

    Aspen

    Don't leave your four-legged friend at home; bring him along to these dog friendly things to do in Aspen that make for a great winter adventure.

  10. 6 Pro Tips For the Aspen Backcountry Marathon

    Aspen

    These pro tips for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon will help you conquer this notoriously challenging trail race, which starts at 8,000 feet.

  11. 15 Awesome Things To Do in Aspen in Spring

    Aspen

    Visiting Aspen in spring means you can take advantage of cheaper hotel rooms, great spring skiing, and end-of-winter parties.

  12. Top Spring Routes for Alpine Tours in Aspen

    Aspen

    When springtime hits, take to these routes for great alpine tours in Aspen, with a variety of options for all skill levels.

  13. Smuggler Mountain Road

    Aspen

    The hike up Smuggler Mountain Road is an ultra convenient three-mile round trip with excellent views of downtown Aspen.

  14. Hunter Creek Valley

    Aspen

    Hunter Creek Trail sits along is a beautiful valley corridor that provides access to a variety of great hiking or trail running trails and even an overnight backpacking trip. This gorgeous alpine valley features a babbling tributary, Hunter Creek, which provides a peaceful setting and opportunities for swimming if Fido is along for the trek. The valley is namely a wide-open, treeless meadow book-ended by two parallel ridges riddled with aspen groves.

  15. Conundrum Hot Springs Backpacking

    Aspen

    A mere 15 minutes from downtown Aspen, in the Maroon Bells Wilderness, Conundrum Creek Trail offers one of the most unique overnight backpacking trips in the country, with stunning mountain scenery and the chance to soak in a natural hot springs pool.

  16. Weller Lake Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    The beauty of many of the hiking and climbing routes situated just off of Highway 82 on Independence Pass is that they’re easy to get to and provide visitors with the opportunities to explore multiple sites and still enjoy downtown Aspen all in one day. Hiking or trail running to Weller Lake is just .5 miles from the trailhead, making it one of the quickest routes on Independence Pass.

  17. Government Trail Mountain Biking

    Aspen

    Providing one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s top single-track experiences, Government runs 6.5 miles from the eastern flanks of Snowmass ski resort to the eastern, or Tiehack, side of Buttermilk ski resort.

  18. American Lake Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    This athletic 3.2-mile one-way, 2,000-vertical-foot climb leads adventurous hikers through forests and wildflower-dotted meadows to a gorgeous alpine lake. Starting from Aspen’s famous ghost town, Ashchroft, American Lake trail climbs steeply up switchbacks along a wooded gulch in the Devaney Creek valley for about 1.5 miles before reaching a spruce forest. The steady, steep uphill grade continues through the spruce grove until it reaches an old mining site where the trail opens up to an open meadow.

  19. Cathedral Lake Hiking

    Aspen

    The hike to Cathedral Lake is ideal for the fitness-minded outdoor explorer. The 2,000-foot, 2.8-mile climb (5.6 miles roundtrip) is considered challenging, but the rewards from the high-alpine lake is worth every drop of sweat equity. The first leg of the hike climbs for .75 miles through a magical aspen forest before it enters the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness. Soon after entering Wilderness land, the trail becomes steeper as it snakes alongside the cascading Pine Creek.

  20. Rim Trail Mountain Biking

    Aspen

    The Rim Trail, located right outside of Snowmass Resort, is a beautiful, is non-technical loop featuring fun, flowy single track and spectacular views of the surrounding Elk Mountain Range. This is great trail for beginner riders or anyone looking for a fun, not-too-challenging ride. The climbs are very rideable, and the descents are smooth and fast.

  21. Four Pass Loop

    Aspen

    Aspen is home to one of Colorado’s backpacking classics. The famed three-day to four-day 26-mile Four Pass Loop takes adventurous hikes through aspen groves, over four 12,400-plus-foot peaks and amongst pristine mountain lakes. In the summer months the aspen meadows are dotted with wild flowers are absolutely spectacular and, similarly, in the fall the aspen leaves are bright and striking.

  22. Sunnyside Trail

    Aspen

    Aspen’s Sunnyside Trail offers unobstructed views of the surrounding valley and peaks. Sunnyside enjoys a good deal of sun, hence its name, and offers exceptional sunsets, as the trail faces southwest.

  23. Maroon Bells and Crater Lake Hiking

    Aspen

    No trip to Aspen would be complete without visiting the Maroon Bells. Don't let the crowds deter you or the fact that you have to take a bus from Aspen Highlands Village mid-June through Labor Day (and on the weekends throughout September).

  24. Smuggler to Hunter Creek Mountain Biking

    Aspen

    If you were to ask a local Aspen mountain biker where to go mountain biking, they would tell you to head up “Smuggs” or Smuggler Mountain to Hunter Creek Valley trails. The Smuggler to Hunter Creek Valley is a well-traveled Aspen mountain biking route that provides opportunities for one-hour to five-hour rides, like Four Corners.

  25. Government Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    Aspen’s renowned 6.5-mile mountain biking trail, Government, also makes for an exceptional hike, especially in mid-September. Government runs from eastern flanks of Snowmass ski resort to the eastern, or Tiehack, side of Buttermilk ski resort