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What to do in Aspen in August

August may be the tail end of Aspen's summer, but there is so much left to do! Here is your guide on things to do in Aspen in August.

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Hike in Aspen's High Country

August is a great time to access Aspen's high-alpine hikes. The snow has melted, and river crossings are low. 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

During the last week of July and the first week of August, the art world descends upon Aspen for two major events: Art Aspen and Art Crush.

Art Aspen is an intimate buying and collecting experience where collectors and dealers convene in a pop-up gallery at the Aspen Ice Garden for a weekend feast for the eyes. Art Crush is the Aspen Art Museum's annual fundraiser and the peak of the art world's social calendar. The splashy gala has a steep ticket price, but beyond the actual event, the town is all dressed up for the aesthetically inclined crowd.

For art lovers of all walks of life, Aspen's art galleries are always open and welcoming. We recommend popping into any of the galleries that around town, and 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, or check out some of the big-draw mountain biking events that come to Snowmass in August:

  • VIDA MTB Series Women's Skills Clinic | Aug. 3 - 5, 2018
    This women's-only experience includes personalized, small-group mountain biking instruction led by skilled and enthusiastic coaches and staff. More info >>>
  • Big Mountain Enduro | Aug. 4 - 5, 2018
    Aspen Snowmass hosts the finals of this series over two days in August. Watch the pros (and some aggressive amateurs) tackle expert mountain biking trails on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. More info >>>
  • Snowmass Loop Mountain Bike Fondo | Aug. 18, 2018
    Seventy-five lucky riders get to test their skills on the Snowmass Loop, a 20-mile mountain bike course with more than 3,000 vertical feet of climbing. More info >>>

Local tip: Check out the new Lost Forest adventure zone at Elk Camp while you are in Snowmass. With a ropes course, alpine coaster, fishing pond, and much more, the Lost Forest is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

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!

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.