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What to do in Aspen in August

Posted: 5 Jul 2021

August is a sweet-spot for visitors seeking a summer experience in Aspen, when the peak-season attractions are still open but the crowds begin to wane as schools head back in session. We've outlined some of the top experiences in Aspen this August. Read on for inspiration, and book your Aspen vacation rental today!

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Hike in Aspen's High Country

August is a great time to access Aspen's high-alpine hikes. Even after big winters, the high-alpine snow has melted and river crossings are lower. Hopefully your summer fitness regimen has prepared you to tackle some of Aspen's bucket-list hikes, whether it's the Lost Man Loop or a Fourteener (a peak higher than 14,000 feet). See our Aspen hiking guide for more ideas.

Things to do in Aspen in August

Enjoy Aspen's Art Scene

While Aspen's art scene is happening year-round, the art world descends upon our destination during summer months. Two big events bring top artists as well as collectors and curators to town in August:

  • Aug. 1 - 5, 2021 | Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen) is an annual art and cultural event with both public and invite-only events for top curators.
  • Aug. 4 - 6, 2021 | Artcrush is Aspen Art Museum's annual fundraising event with three days of events celebrating artists and culminating in the museum's summer gala on Friday, Aug. 6.

If you don't catch one of these splashy galas, Aspen's art galleries are always open and welcoming. We recommend popping into any of the galleries that around town; many of our guests enjoy this as an afternoon activity.

Ride Classic Road-Biking Routes

Aspen road-biking is world-renowned with the best cyclists flocking to our mountains to train and live. Aspen classic road rides offer excellent paved surfaces, stunning scenery and low traffic, especially the roads to Ashcroft and the Maroon Bells. For more information, read about our top four iconic Aspen road biking rides here.

Downhill Mountain Bike at Snowmass

Snowmass Bike Park goes off in August, and the lift-accessed downhill course has 3,000 vertical feet of trails for every level. Rent equipment and sign up for clinics at the base of Elk Camp. Tuesday nights (through Aug. 10, 2021) the downhill course is open late so bikers can take advantage of the Roaring Fork Valley's summer weather and late sunsets.

Things to do in Aspen in August

Eat Colorado Fresh!

Some of the state's best produce peaks in August, including famous Palisade peaches, Olathe corn, and more. Visit the Aspen Saturday Market to enjoy our local bounty. Use your well-stocked vacation rental kitchen to whip up a home-cooked feast!

The Farm-to-Table dinners each Tuesday night (through Aug. 10, 2021) in Snowmass are inspired by locally sourced ingredients. Take the gondola up to Elk Camp and enjoy great food, plenty of outdoor family activities, and live music. Work up your appetite before dinner by spending time at the Snowmass Bike Park during Bike Park Nights.

If you are inspired to visit Aspen this August, book your vacation rental today. Start by searching our live inventory online or request some options from our Aspen-based reservations specialists.