The rumors are true: Aspen has been busy this summer. Even without our renowned festivals and events, the draw is undeniable: visitors have been flocking to our picturesque mountain town to enjoy trails, rivers, golf courses, and outdoor dining.
With school headed back in session, either virtually or in-person, visitor numbers are starting to wane. 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. Read on to see our top recommendations for vacation experiences this fall.
TOP 6 ASPEN ACTIVITIES TO EXPERIENCE THIS FALL
- HIKE ASPEN'S LESSER KNOWN TRAILS
Fall is the ideal season to start exploring the lesser known trails and destinations farther afield. The daily thunderstorm cycle ends, and reliable weather sets in. Warm up with trails-less-traveled closer to town, and embark on one of the big hikes detailed in our Hiking Guide (request a PDF copy from our Concierge.) Aim for a high alpine lake! There's nothing more restorative than seeing the crystalline waters... and taking a dip!
- DINE AL FRESCO IN DOWNTOWN ASPEN
Aspen's dining scene is always renowned, and this summer restaurants have expanded their seating onto outdoor patios - the ideal venues for great food and an incredible atmosphere. View our updated dining guides to see which restaurants have outdoor seating, and review our COVID-19 information to understand that dining experience in Aspen this summer and fall.
- DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE AT SNOWMASS BIKE PARK
Often compared to powder skiing, downhill mountain biking on the groomed terrain at the Snowmass Bike Park is truly an amazing experience. Bikers get to skip the uphill grind and ride the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chairlift to access trails that range from beginner single-track to double-black-diamond jump courses.
The Snowmass Bike Park closed for the season in early October.
- E-BIKE TO THE MAROON BELLS
With reservations required this summer, it's a little harder to reach the Maroon Bells. Our guests have found e-biking up Maroon Creek Road to be a fun way to get to this must-see site wihtout a reservation. E-bikes are motorized bicycles that offer "pedal-assist" to riders. Cruise through the forest service gate and up the gentle grade, glancing at the dramatic views on your way to the main attraction.
- PLAY GOLF IN ASPEN
Aspen offers some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the state, and this popular pastime has not changed much in our post-pandemic world. Tee times are required, and players must arrive 20 minutes early with face coverings. But once you're on the course, you'll enjoy hours of stress-free fun where the most important decision you make is which club to use on your approach shot.
- HORSEBACK RIDE THROUGH ASPEN'S BACKCOUNTRY
During any season, horseback riding excursions allow participants to take a step back in time and experience Aspen's backcountry the way previous generations did. During the COVID-19 era, this is a great family excursion, where social distancing is possible and Aspen's beautiful remote areas provide a restorative setting to relax and enjoy your well-earned vacation.
START PLANNING YOUR ASPEN FALL GETAWAY
If you're inspired to plan an Aspen vacation this fall, start by browsing our selection of Aspen vacation rentals online. For personalized recommendations, contact our Aspen-based reservations team. And for more information about visiting Aspen during COVID-19 conditions, view our visitor information page.