Aspen's invigorating summer season is nearly here! While restrictions are loosening, we expect many of our pandemic-travel practices will continue this summer. Read on for essential trip-planning tips for summer 2021.
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Any Aspen summer vacation must include a visit to the Maroon Bells, but this summer, reservations are required. If you didn't save your spot in time, we have some ways to get there without a reservation.
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter -- It's hard to choose the best time of year to visit Aspen! We have detailed some of the pluses and minuses of each season, so you can choose your ideal timing for an Aspen vacation.
Despite the pandemic, Aspen's second-favorite activity, apres ski, is still alive and well with some modifications to ensure safety. Read on to learn more about how you can enjoy apres ski during spring 2021, whether you're looking for a cold drink on a sunny patio or fun for the whole family.
Feeling cooped up? Our winter guests tell us how much they enjoy Aspen's great outdoors, and they're not just sticking to Aspen's ski slopes. Aspen Snowmass is home to hundreds of miles of trails, and there are many ways to enjoy our roads and paths when they're covered with snow.
Aspen is known for its world-class dining scene. With capacity limits in place, local restaurants have become takeout heroes, packaging favorite dishes for the perfect night in.
In early 2020, the Roaring Fork Valley was designated an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, the only Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado! As longtime Aspen locals, we've known for decades that our mountain biking is world-class, and this designation validates our hometown pride.
Independence Pass not only saves time on the drive from Aspen to the Front Range. It's also a destination unto itself.
Fall is typically a quieter time of year, when our seasonal spectacle of golden foliage becomes the main event. If you can travel, it's the perfect time to join us in Aspen for a restorative vacation. See our recommendations for COVID-19-friendly activities.
With social distancing a high priority this summer, we advise our guests to seek out the trails less traveled. Here are a few recommended routes that share similarities with Aspen classic hikes.