Aspen in summer presents athletes and nature loves an unequalled range of outdoor activities. After a full day of outdoor activities, guests of the Aspen Mountain Lodge can rejuvenate at the world-class Aspen Club and Spa with 77,000 square feet offering work-out facilities, pool, sauna, massage, fitness classes, child care and salon. For more information click here.
Hikers can explore the Maroon Bells, an imposing reddish mountain with two 14,000-foot peaks, on the loop from Smuggler to Hunter Creek; take on the challenging 10-mile trail to the neighboring ski town of Crested Butte; or ramble along the Roaring Fork surrounded by carpets of wildflowers.
Thrill seekers can rent a high-tech mountain bike, ride the gondola up Ajax Mountain and take a death-defying run down its world-class ski trails. (Or if they have the quads and the aerobic capacity to handle it, they can ride up.)
Negotiate our sometimes wild, sometimes calm rivers in a raft full of friends or in your own kayak. For the more adventuresome the legendary Arkansas River is just a short drive away.
Those who favor less strenuous pursuits can go fly-fishing in the Frying Pan, a spectacular 70-foot-wide river set in pine forest and aspen trees and noted for its high density of rainbow and brown trout. Or they can take a leisurely bike ride along the Roaring Fork to Woody Creek Tavern for a burger and a cold Fat Tire beer.