An Aspen summer vacation isn't complete with a trip to the top of the mountain to see the dramatic Elk Mountain Range from up high. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass ski areas operate their gondolas during the summer and offer warm-weather activities and attractions like mountain biking, al fresco concerts, sunny patios and much more. Purchase gondola passes--including PERFECT SUMMER PASSES--via the link to the right.
Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola
2017 Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last ride down is at 4:30 p.m.)
The gondola is open daily from June 17 through Sept. 4 and on weekends between May 27 - June 11 and Sept. 9 - Oct. 8.
Attractions atop Aspen Mountain include the Sundeck Restaurant, summer hiking trails, disc golf, lawn games, and kids activities. Kids' shows are scheduled throughout the summer, and Aspen Center for Environmental Science (ACES) offers free naturalist-guided walks on the hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.
On weekends, locals and visitors venture to the top of the mountain for Classical Music Saturdays and Bluegrass Sundays. On weekdays, Yogis rejuvenate with open-air Hatha yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays ($5 class fee, gondola pass not included).
Snowmass's Elk Camp Gondola & Chairlift
2017 Summer Gondola Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last ride down is at 4:15 p.m.)
2017 Summer Chairlift Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last ride down is at 3:15 p.m.)
The gondola and chairlift are open daily from June 23 through Sept. 4 and on weekends between Sept. 9 and Oct. 1.
Snowmass is best known for its ever-growing Bike Park, which features gondola and chairlift access to a variety of maintained downhill mountain biking trails. (Bike Park access priced separately.) In addition, Elk Camp Restaurant is open for lunch and some scheduled dinners. There are hiking trails, disc golf (two courses), ACES naturalist hikes, a climbing wall, a Eurobungy, and a paintball course.