Even during normal times, Aspen is a rare destination that offers plenty of space to enjoy nature at a distance from other people. This summer, with social distancing at the top of most visitors' minds, we have compiled a list of the top 5 activities to avoid crowds and still experience the best of Aspen.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MASK! While you are not required to wear a mask when you are outdoors and can maintain six feet of distance from other people, it's a good idea to bring one for the trailheads, bridges, parking lots, and other areas where you may encounter other people.
FLY-FISHING IN ASPEN
From pristine, Gold-Medal-designated rivers to secluded high-alpine lakes, Aspen waters are ideal for fly-fishing.
We work with many trusted outfitters that lead guided trips and provide all the gear you'll need to hook a cutthroat, brown, rainbow, or speckled trout. Even during normal seasons, it's rare to find a crowded stretch of river, but local guides can lead you to secret spots that are truly remote.
Concierge tip: If you are introducing your kids to the sport, ask about specialty family fishing adventures that visit a secluded, stocked pond!
The Aspen Golf Club is open! Ranked the No. 1 municipal course in Colorado by Golfweek magazine, our local public course is a Frank Hummel design with a "Parkland style," meaning it has undulating greens with water coming into play on 14 of the 18 holes.
Located only two miles from downtown Aspen, Aspen Golf Club is easy to access. Plus, the views of the nearby ski areas and Pyramid Peak stun locals and visitors every round.
The Roaring Fork Valley is home to many other world-class golf courses, all with unique appeal. Contact our concierge for information on access to alternative courses and updates on the summer 2020 season.
ROAD BIKING IN ASPEN
Aspen's classic road-biking routes are frequented by cycling elites, and many roads have low traffic during summer months. Plus, paved roads offer adequate distance between riders, and the car-free environment allows wide passing.
Our top pick is the ride to the Maroon Bells, an 11.5-mile there-and-back route with smooth pavement and jaw-dropping views. If you aren't acclimated to the altitude, consider renting an e-bike; the extra boost from the pedal assist makes the climb a breeze!
Maroon Creek Road is currently closed to all traffic but will open in early June. Typically, car traffic is restricted during daytime hours, but the status of the bus service for summer 2020 has not been confirmed yet.
One of the easiest ways to escape into Aspen's backcountry is on foot! While there are many trailheads close to town, you can find remote, untrodden trails by driving a little farther. Cruise up Independence Pass to explore Lost Man Lakes, or head to the backside of Aspen Mountain to hike up the wider Midnight Mine Road.
First, download the Aspen Trail Finder app. Its comprehensive index covers trails from Aspen to Marble, with distances and difficulties noted.
Alternatively, ask our concierge for our robust hiking guide that details more than 25 top hikes in Aspen Snowmass.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN ASPEN
Take a step back in time with a half-day or full-day horseback riding excursion, riding along trails in the shadow of the Maroon Bells or in Aspen's easy-to-access backcountry.
Local guides are scheduling horseback riding excursions now, and this is the perfect activity to book for a family or group of travel companions. Ask our concierge for recommendations.
LEAN ON US FOR ASPEN INFORMATION
When you book a reservation with Frias Properties of Aspen, our concierge team is at your service. We can provide up-to-date information about what's open and what's best to experience during every season in Aspen. This year, our concierge services are more valuable than ever, as group sizes may be limited for guided experiences, and COVID-19 restrictions may delay or cancel some activities.