For the young & young at heart, we have curated 35 things that will make your trip Defy Ordinary:
1. Check out the exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum, where admission is always free. Afterward, head to So Café, the rooftop café, for lunch or drinks and enjoy the incredible views of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass.
2. Enjoy a free hike with an Aspen Center For Environmental Studies naturalist guide. ACES hosts various free hikes in the summer daily on Aspen Mountain, at the Maroon Bells, and in Snowmass. Naturalists meet guests and guide them through the hikes, while also revealing information on topics such as the local wildflowers and wildlife.
3. Discover Aspen’s history with the Aspen Historical Society. Aspen Historical Society hosts various tours including a Historic Pub Crawl where guests take a guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts with drinks provided at each stop.
4. Sign up for an Aspen Words workshop. The workshops are designed to accommodate both experienced, published writers and emerging writers.
5. Sit outside the Aspen Music Festival & School Benedict music tent on Sunday to enjoy a free performance. Insider’s tip: pack a picnic and don’t forget a blanket.
6. Grab a bike for Tuesday Cruiseday. Every Tuesday night in the summer a group of 100+ millennials in Aspen meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Aspen Brewing Co. for their weekly Tuesday Cruiseday rides. Come as you are, but make sure to bring a bike! The ride starts at Aspen Brewing Co. and winds around town ending at Smuggler Park to watch the sunset.
7. Hike up Ajax and enjoy free bluegrass every Sunday and ride the gondola down for free.
8. Check out a show at Belly Up. Rated one of the top venues in the country by Rolling Stone, Belly Up’s calendar is constantly jam-packed with major headliners from Widespread Panic to ZZ Top, Tiesto, Snoop Dogg and more. Added bonus, the club hosts various free shows throughout the year.
9. Après ski (or après hike) at the Sky Hotel. The Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees has been Aspen’s iconic après choice for many people both locals and tourists alike. With an outdoor party pool, hot tub, and specialty cocktails for every palate, this spot has it all. The vibe at the lounge has a trendy, mountain feel with frequent DJs and live music.
10. Bike down the Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek Tavern or even further to Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt.
11. Head to Snowmass in the summer for free concerts on Fanny Hill. The 2017 summer lineup includes performances from Hot Buttered Rum, Brothers Keeper & John Popper, Head For The Hills , and more.
12. Enjoy a JAS Café show. JAS hosts various JAS Café performances throughout the summer at multiple venues including JAS Café downstairs at The Little Nell, the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum, and at the Cooking School of Aspen.
13. Skin up Buttermilk on Thursday mornings with a group of locals. Every Thursday a different local business hosts a hike up Tiehack on Buttermilk at 7:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy coffee and pastries at the top at the Cliffhouse Restaurant between 8:30-9 a.m. Park at the free Tiehack parking lot of take the free RFTA bus to the Aspen Recreation Center and walk across the Tiehack bridge.
14. Stand up paddleboard on Northstar Preserve. This mellow spot is perfect for SUPers of all level. Educate yourself on how to enjoy this wonderful area responsibly: www.northstaraspen.com
15. Enjoy a game of volleyball at Koch Park. Koch Park is always happening in the summer with groups of younger people playing volleyball on the sand courts or just hanging out and enjoying the sunshine.
16. Meet up with Aspen Trailheads for a Thirsty Thursday run. Each week in the summer the Aspen trailheads, a social running group, meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Power House on Mill Street for a run followed by drinks at a local bar in town.
17. Enjoy over 78 miles of mountain biking in Snowmass.
18. Hike to Crested Butte. The 11-mile hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is one of the most memorable and popular trips at the peak of summer for wildflower season in July and early fall in September.
19. Hike Smuggler Mountain. Perfect for an early morning workout or quick lunch break.
20. Cross country ski, hike or snowshoe to lunch or dinner at Pine Creek Cookhouse. Adventure dining is an experience to remember in Aspen!
21. Take part in an al fresco dine around in summer. Top outdoor patios include Ajax Tavern, Jimmy's Bodega, Grey Lady, Mezzaluna and Aspen Kitchen.
22. Get out on the Roaring Fork or Colorado River via kayak, white water raft, ducky, or stand up paddleboard!
23. Hut trips! Check out the 10th Mountain Huts, a unique experience for the adventure visitor, or one of our many favorite campgrounds.
24. Practice your downward dog on top of Aspen Mountain. Then claim bragging rights and jaw-dropping photos at 11,212 feet.
25. Hike Hunter Creek Loop. The popular trail starts a short distance from downtown Aspen and takes you through a grove of Aspen trees and gives you unforgettable picture-taking-views!
26. Browse the Aspen Saturday Market. Enjoy Colorado produce, crafts, live music, and a food court every Saturday in downtown Aspen.
27. Go skeet shooting in Aspen. New to shooting? Call Aspen Outfitting Company to get started with learning how to shoot clay targets.
28. Enjoy one or two productions at Theatre Aspen, nothing like a good theater production to make you feel cultured!
29. Catch a flick or a show at the historic Wheeler Opera House, where there is always something showing!
30. Check out one of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's summer performances. The company performs in Aspen, in Santa Fe, and on national and international tours, and the summer Aspen Dance Festival presents performances by internationally renowned dance companies in July and August.
31. Golfing in the Rockies. When it comes to golf, our local links can’t really be beaten.
32. Get inverted, jump around and bang your head with trampoline sessions at the Red Brick.
33. Cool off at a local waterhole. Cliff jumping at the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a local favorite spot.
34. Cast a line on a high-alpine lake or fish the Gold Medal and Blue Ribbon waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers. Fly-fishing is one of the only sports you can enjoy in Aspen year round.
35. Happy hour. Everyone loves happy hour! Top scores include HOPS loaded combo featuring a loaded Kobe dog, chips/slaw, and a 16 oz Colorado Native for $7; $4 pints at Aspen Brewing Company; $2 Bud Lights at the Limelight; and $4 Coors at BB’s.