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Whatever the season, there are endless ways for the little ones to burn off all of that energy, plus, what better classroom is there than the great outdoors? As a local or a visitor, there are also a variety of organized camps ranging from adventure activities and environmental science to arts and culture. Click for the complete summer camp guide.

Ajax Adventure Camp

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  •  Ajax Adventure Camp’s mission is to Inspire Awesomeness.  Ajax Adventure Camp is not your typical kids camp.  The camp philosophy is to give campers the freedom to craft their own adventure by choosing from about a dozen activity offerings every morning and another dozen activity offerings after lunch (lunch is provided of course!).  
  •  There are 100’s of different activities offered throughout the summer including: Rock Climbing, Paddle boarding, Paint-balling, Rafting, Archery, Robotics, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Rockets, Paintchery, Marmot Tag, Skateboarding, Camping, Small animals, Sportz, Arts & Crafts, Tenkara Fly Fishing, and 100’s more.  
  •  Registration options include punch passes (pick and choose what days throughout the summer you would like to attend) and week-long enrollment.  
  • Campouts depart every Friday and tend to fill up quickly, so reserving a space for those ahead of time is important
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Ajax Junior Camp

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  •  Ajax Junior Camp is based our of the same location as Ajax Adventure Camp, but is tuned for 5-6 year olds.  The adventures are just as fun, exciting, and memorable, but we keep the Jr. Campers in a group so that all activities remain age appropriate.  Jr. Campers can be found Tenkara Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing, Paddleboarding, Learning Archery, and so much more.
  •  Registration options are the same as Ajax Adventure Camp and punch passes can even be shared amongst the family if they have one Jr. Camper and one Adventure Camper.

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Ajax Sleepaway

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  •  Aspen’s first real sleepaway camp since the Ashcrofters in the 1960s!  Sleep in Tipi Villages complete with rope bridges and a Peter Pan meet Alice in Wonderland atmosphere.  Twinkling lights at night complement the stars as campers cross rope bridges from the main camp fire complete with s'mores and guitar playing to retire to their Tipis and rest up for the next day of adventure.  Campers will have 100s of different activity choices throughout the day including: Rock Climbing, Paddle boarding, Mtn Go-Carts, Paint-balling, Archery, Fishing, Rockets, Paintchery, Tracking, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Survival Skills, Shelter building, Sportz, Arts & Crafts, Tenkara Fly Fishing, plus 100’s of other creative and adventurous activities including ranching opportunities such as helping to raise the ranch animals (Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, Quails, etc.). There will also be special activities at the Ranch Camp such as Mtn. Go-Carts for some off-road fun.  All weeks will have the staple sleepaway activities, but through unique partnerships we will offer a few special weeks like Survival Skills and Animal Tracking with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES).
  •  The Ranch is nestled in the Rockies about 1 hour from Aspen.  We provide transportation from Aspen for all campers.  

 View the sleepaway schedule at the registration page of the website.

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ARC

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Enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages at the Aspen Recreation Center. Try the climbing tower, ice skate, work out in our fitness center, take a swim lesson or just play & float in our lazy river or go sledding on the Whoa Nelly Hill. The ARC offers a wide variety of youth & adult programming year-round. It's 100% pure fun.

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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

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ACES offers kids camps from June to August featuring a mix of environmental science education and outdoor exploration. Drop-in, daily, weekly, and overnight options make for an exciting and memorable summer. ACES also welcomes families to our visitor centers, Hallam Lake in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt featuring year-round interactive activities for all ages. Join us for scheduled programs including farm tours, birds of prey demonstrations, sunset beaver walks, guided tours, and a variety of all-ages community events.

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Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools

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Give your child the opportunity to learn skiing or snowboarding, or maybe master a new skill. Our Pros make full use of our legendary terrain to build the confidence of young skiers at any level. Young children will experience the perfect mix of early childhood education and a gentle introduction to skiing, while more advanced on-mountain instruction is available for older children. Child care is available for children ages 8 weeks to 4 years. 

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Aspen Youth Center

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The Aspen Youth Center provides local and visiting youth in grades 4-12 with free, daily activities. Youth can play air hockey, work in the computer lab, join in dodge ball and basketball games, and participate in art and cooking clubs.

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Camp Aspen Snowmass

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Don't let your kids miss out on the summer mountain experience of a lifetime! Based out of the Treehouse Kid's Adventure Center with activities including mountainboarding, hiking, rocket building, eurobungee, fishing, mountain biking and more. 

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Please note: The park is closed for construction of the new Glenwood Gondola. Stay tuned for the date of the grand opening in March.

Visit Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, America’s only mountain-top theme park, nestled in the mountains overlooking Glenwood Springs for a one-of-a-kind adventure. From thrill rides and cave tours to tram rides and a restaurant, it’s the perfect, affordable day trip from Aspen.

The new Glenwood Gondola, which opens in March 2019, travels 4,300 feet from the floor of the Roaring Fork Valley, offering breathtaking views. At the top, you can take a walking tour or an on-your-belly Wild Tour of Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, recognized as one of the country’s leading show caves. Dare to drop on the Haunted Mine Drop, USA TODAY’s Best New Amusement Park Ride of 2017. Ride the Alpine Coaster with individual cars on tracks that race down the mountainside. Enjoy the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, the highest elevation coaster in America, with cliff-side curves and heart-stopping drop-offs. The Giant Canyon Swing launches you out over Glenwood Canyon, 1,300 feet above the Colorado River. Additional attractions include a 4D motion theater, a zip ride, the Glenwood Canyon Flyer, a Ferris wheel ride, live music and entertainment.

During the summer months, Music on the Mountain and Friday Afternoon Club are two locals' favorites for live music. Check the schedule at https://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/events-calendar.

The Lookout Grille serves burgers, salads, sandwiches and drinks on the deck or inside by the fire when it’s chilly outside, with a great kids’ menu. The Snack Shack offers casual outdoor dining during the summer months. Group discounts and packages available. Visit GlenwoodCaverns.com for more information.

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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

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Nestled on the bank of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, just 45 minutes from Aspen, Iron Mountain Hot Springs is Colorado's newest hot springs attraction. There are 16 soaking pools filled with pure, hot mineral water than ranges from 98 to 108°F, each offering different views. Two are infinity pools and two have pebbles on the bottom to massage your feet. The soaking pools are surrounded by a quiet zone with spa music playing in the background. Kids younger than 5 are not allowed in the soaking pools; kids 5 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages are welcome in the freshwater family pool and jetted spa, which are kept around 93 and 103°F respectively.

The onsite Sopris Cafe (closed until mid-February for a remodel) serves a delicious assortment of snacks, salads, wraps, flat bread pizza, smoothies, ice cream, soft drinks, beer, wine and pre-mixed cocktails. Please note: We ask everyone for identification to purchase adult beverages, please remember to bring your ID with you from the locker room.

The bathhouse features a small shop in case you've forgotten something or wish to purchase gifts or souvenirs and beautifully appointed locker rooms with private label body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Lockers are included with admission. You'll also find hairdryers and suit dryers in the locker rooms and water bottle-filling stations in the hall as you head out to the pools. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with special holiday hours. Visit https://www.ironmountainhotsprings.com/rates-and-hours for hours and pricing.

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Red Brick Recreation Center

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100% Pure Fun includes: day camps, baseball, rock climbing, gymnastics, adult sports, events, aerobics, intramurals, birthday parties, and more!

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Treehouse Kids Adventure Center

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The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center — a multilevel, 2,300-square-meter state-of-the-art facility in Snowmass Village — is the hub of kids’ programming for Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools as well as a state-licensed child care facility for ages 8 weeks to 4 years old.

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