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Ajax Adventure Camp is an Aspen, Colorado summer camp which focuses on outdoor adventure and unique and creative recreating. The camp operates over a 9 week period starting June 13th and offers everything from whitewater rafting and backpacking to horseback riding and camping. It accommodates flexible schedules with day, week, or multi-week sign ups, and even punch passes, making Ajax Adventure Camp perfect for a family visiting Aspen and Snowmass.
The Anderson Ranch Arts Center serves to cultivate an artistic vision and creative understanding in people of all ages. They encourage artists participating in one of their many outstanding summer workshops and artists in their residency program to experiment and draw inspiration from the surrounding mountains. Anderson Ranch also hosts numerous exhibitions and inspiring, introspective artist talks throughout the year.
Ann Korologos Gallery is an art gallery located in downtown Basalt, CO. Exhibiting contemporary Western art, Ann Korologos Gallery has played a major role in its 20 years in cultivating a strong interest in the arts in both Basalt and Aspen. Visit Ann Korologos Gallery to view oil paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more all depicting life in the West.
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The Aspen Art Gallery is located in downtown Aspen, CO, and showcases the work of artists who use varied media to create their art. On display at the Aspen Art Gallery are landscapes, abstract artworks, and mixed media pieces. Visit the Aspen Art Gallery in the heart of downtown Aspen for a unique cultural experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has been a fixture in the Aspen arts community since 1979, and since then, they have provided visitors with insightful and inspiring exhibitions featuring the work of international contemporary artists working in a wide variety of media. In addition to their riveting exhibition program, the AAM strives to educate the community on the topic of contemporary art through workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students, family workshops, teacher workshops, and public programs featuring discussions by curators, artists, and other prominent figures in the contemporary art world. Since 2005, the AAM has partnered with the Aspen Skiing Company to provide an art experience to a wider audience by placing "art in unexpected places", such as on the ski lift tickets and on the ski mountains.
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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has four locations situated in the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Valleys dedicated to promoting an awareness of our relationship to the environment. They offer community garden space at their Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch locations during the summer. And during the winter, their winter naturalists provide a window into mountain ecology by guiding visitors on snowshoe tours on Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Mountain, and at Ashcroft. ACES also offers school programs to cultivate an understanding and love for the natural world in the younger set. Also, they invite guest speakers to give informative and educational talks, known as Naturalist Nights, on topics ranging from hydrology, forest health, birds, land ethics, and beavers. The Aspen area has a lot to offer, and so does ACES in terms of interpreting and connecting with all the natural splendor of this spectacular place.
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The Aspen Club & Spa offers the largest health club in Aspen along with daily classes, a mind/body studio, indoor lap pool, tennis and racquetball courts, and a boxing room. The Aspen Club & Spa also offers spa services such as massages, facials, and a full salon. The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute is home to physical therapy and an Aspen chiropractor. The Aspen Club & Spa offers memberships along with day passes.
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Also called the Aspen Saturday Market, the Aspen Farmers' Market is a seasonal market running from June through October, and showcases Colorado grown produce and products made in Colorado by state artisans. Founded in 1998, the Aspen Farmers' Market features booths selling organic fruit, vegetables, honey, jam, Colorado cheese and wine, art and jewelry made by local artists, baked goods, clothing, home decor, and more. The Aspen Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, and after Labor Day from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Aspen Film has been in existence since 1979 with the goal to contribute rich, intriguing film programming to the Aspen community. Each year, Aspen Film hosts three noteworthy festivals: the Shortsfest, the Filmfest, and the Academy Screenings. These festivals feature over 200 brilliant films, each of which are truly a treasure to be on view in such a rural area.
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Aspen Grove Fine Art has been exhibiting high quality artworks in Aspen, CO for over 35 years. Known for cultivating relationships with local and international art collectors as well as art enthusiasts, Aspen Grove Fine Art is the Aspen art gallery to visit when considering purchasing a piece of art.
Aspen Guide Service offers guided fly fishing trips, from float trips to wade trips, on rivers in and around Aspen. From the Roaring Fork River to the Colorado River, enjoy the beauty and challenge of fly fishing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with the assistance of a knowlegeable guide. Learn about river ecology while enjoying a tasty curry chicken sandwich, expertly prepared by a guide equally enthusiastic about fly fishing as cooking and serving delicious food. For an unforgettable day on the river, book a trip through Aspen Guide Service.
Call 970-948-7675 to book a trip today.
The Aspen Historical Society provides visitors and local residents alike with the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Roaring Fork Valley. With their Wheeler/Stallard museum, housed in a beautiful West End Victorian home, and their Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching museum, they offer an insightful perspective on the history of this special place. The Historical Society also offers a wide variety of tours, including their History Coach, a guided tour of downtown Aspen in an electric vehicle. On-mountain ski tours are also offered, with topics covering the Ute Native Amercan Tribe, the Ziegler reservoir dig site in Snowmass, the early days of skiing, 1970s ski culture, and freeskiing.
The Aspen Music Festival and School has been a major cultural institution in Aspen since 1949. Each summer, the Aspen Music Festival and School brings talented musicians to Aspen. Over the course of eight weeks, these musicians from all over the world treat the Aspen community to over 320 performances and musical events such as orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, and more.
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The Aspen Recreation Center (also known as the ARC) offers a state of the art fitness center, rock wall, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, swimming pool, and aerobic studio. The pool is a favorite for families with a two story water slide, lazy river, diving board, and lap pool. Great after a day of skiing or on one of the few rainy days in Aspen.
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In the spring, summer, and fall, one of the most exciting Aspen Snowmass outdoor activities is road biking on winding, mountain roads. Aspen road bike rides take cyclists to scenic areas, all while delivering a physical challenge on high altitude climbs.
Maroon Creek Road & Castle Creek Road
A popular Aspen bike ride is riding on Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells. This bike ride is approximately 8 miles one way, and ends at Maroon Lake. From there, cyclists can gaze out at the stunning Maroon Bells―two 14,000' peaks.
One valley over is Castle Creek Road, another popular stretch of pavement for cyclists. Ride on Castle Creek Road, and stop for lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse. After a delicious mountain-style meal, tour Ashcroft, a former ghost town turned historical site.
East of Aspen Trail & Independence Pass
The East of Aspen Trail runs parallel with Highway 82 and the Roaring Fork River just outside of downtown Aspen. Follow the trail to North Star Nature Preserve, and take a break; you might just spot wildlife! If you're looking for a leisurely bike ride, the East of Aspen Trail is perfect.
And if you're up for a challenge, continue on Highway 82 to Independence Pass. Over approximately 19 miles, you'll climb from an elevation of 7,900' to just over 12,000' at the top of the pass.
Snowmass Bike Trails ― Owl Creek Trail
Owl Creek Trail is a fun and easy bike ride that connects Snowmass Village and Aspen. Start off your bike ride in Snowmass Village, and head into Aspen to shop at the Saturday Farmers' Market, or to attend an Aspen Music Festival concert at the Music Tent.
Rio Grande Trail
The Rio Grande Trail stretches from Aspen all the way to Glenwood Springs, about 40 miles away. Many people enjoy taking the trail from Aspen to Woody Creek to enjoy lunch at Woody Creek Tavern. The bike ride is about 8 miles one way, and along the way, you'll ride parallel to the beautiful Roaring Fork River.
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Are you ready for a mountain getaway, where you can hop on your bike, and just ride? If so, start your travel planning by viewing our luxury Snowmass vacation rentals.
If you're ready to book a vacation rental, or if you need assistance finding the right rental for you and your group, contact us. Call Alpine Property at 1-866-209-1540, or send us an email.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a reknowned dance company based in Aspen, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout both the winter and summer seasons, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet hosts a number of performances showcasing the incredible talent of the dancers in the company as well as the creativity and innovation of notable choreographers. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet seeks to foster in dancers of all ages a strong dance education background through The School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, which is held year-round throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and in Santa Fe.
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Aspen Whitewater Rafting offers Aspen, Colorado rafting trips on the Roaring Fork and Arkansas Rivers. Plan a family rafting trip on the Middle or Cemetery stretches of the Roaring Fork River, or try your hand at more advanced rafting in Slaughter House Fall on the Roaring Fork or Pine Creek and the Numbers on Arkansas River.
Aspen Words, formerly the Aspen Writers' Foundation, was founded in 1976 with the purpose of inspiring writers and readers through programming that brings people together to share in a love of reading and writing. Throughout the year, Aspen Words hosts a number of popular programs, including the Winter Words Festival, which brings authors like Salman Rushdie, Michael Chabon, Erica Jong, and many others to Aspen to share their stories. During the summer, Aspen Words hosts a program called Summer Words, which includes writers' workshops and author lectures.
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The Baldwin Gallery is an art gallery located in the heart of downtown Aspen, Colorado. The Baldwin Gallery represents artists like Will Cotton, Eric Fischl, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mariyln Minter, Tom Sachs, and James Turrell. Past Exhibitions at the Baldwin have included Gilbert & George: Urethra Postcard Pictures in January 2012, Robert Mapplethorpe: Horses in July 2010, and Eric Fischl: Beach Scenes: New Work in March 2009.
Plan an evening at the Belly Up Aspen to see a world famous band such as Jane's Addiction, Widespread Panic, and Lyle Lovett. Belly Up Aspen also features local bands, Monday Night Football, and special events. Be sure not to miss this intimate venue with great sound, good food, and legendary performances during your next Aspen Snowmass vacation.
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Camp Aspen Snowmass is a kids' summer camp that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. As Camp Aspen Snowmass is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the summer camp is able to offer a number of unique activities, including nature walks, mountain biking, mountainboarding, rafting, fishing, and camping. In addition, kids attending Camp Aspen Snowmass can build rockets, play tennis, enjoy arts and crafts time, and play a game of paintball. Camp Aspen Snowmass is available to children between the ages of 3 to kids in their teenage years. If your child is looking for the summer camp experience while on vacation in Aspen and Snowmass, then look no further than Camp Aspen Snowmass.
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A small movie theater located along Carbondale's Main Street, the Cystal Theatre is an independently owned and operated theater showing arthouse films alongside mainstream movies. The theater space was constructed in 1912, and originally was home to the W. M. Dinkel Mercantile Store before being refurbished into a theater in the 1940s. The Crystal Theatre is a historic small town movie theater with a friendly staff and a community vibe, making it the perfect place to catch a flick after enjoying a meal at one of Carbondale's many fine restaurants.
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E. S. Lawrence Gallery is an art gallery in Aspen, CO that exhibits artwork by contemporary artists from Israel, China, Europe, and the U.S. The artwork on display includes oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, works completed in pastels, and bronze sculptures. Visit E. S. Lawrence Gallery in Aspen today to view artworks by living artists.
With over 40 years of experience in the fine art market, Galerie Maximillian represents artists such as Renoir, Cassatt, Picasso, and Matisse. Also represented are modern and contemporary British and American artists such as Peter Doig, Damien Hirst, Chuck Close, and Sarah Graham. Visit Galerie Maximillian in downtown Aspen, Colorado.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) brings world-class musicians to the Rocky Mountains in order to meld the enjoyment of great music with the beauty of the natural world. During the summer, JAS is known for its four night extravaganza, the June Festival, as well as for the Labor Day Festival, which draws enormous crowds of up to 10,000 people per day. When winter is in full swing, JAS hosts a brilliant line-up of jazz musicians in an intimate nightclub atmosphere at The Little Nell. All year, JAS provides the gift of world-class music to the Aspen community.
Previously located in downtown Aspen, CO for 20 years, Joel Soroka Gallery is now located down valley in Basalt, CO. Exhibiting fine art photography, Joel Soroka Gallery has grown a reputation in Aspen as offering high quality works of art. The Joel Soroka Gallery collection includes works from important photographers such as Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Brassai, Man Ray, and many more.
King Yoga is a yoga studio located at the Aspen Business Center (ABC) in Aspen, Colorado. Founded by Aaron King, King Yoga features a unique slate of daily yoga classes, such as King Yoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, Moving Meditation, and more. King Yoga creates a fun environment in which to practice yoga with the fusion of mindful yoga practice and a playlist of inspiring music.
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Established in 1974, Krabloonik Restaurant & Dog Sledding has welcomed guests for over 40 years with exquisitely prepared game and fresh fish, an award-winning wine list and spectacular mountain views. All this is savored in our romantic gas-lit log cabin, while below, Krabloonik sled-dog teams leap and howl in wild anticipation of the run.
O2 Aspen is a yoga studio located on Main Street in Aspen, Colorado. With a wide variety of yoga classes offered daily, O2 is the perfect place to find calm and peace while in Aspen. O2 Aspen offers Pilates Equipment, Yoga Stretch, Healthy Backs Yoga, O2 Flow, Meditation classes, and more. Classes range from an hour to 1.5 hours, giving the O2 yogi the opportunity to fit a yoga session into their day.
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The Red Brick Center for the Arts is a vital organization within the Aspen arts community, as they both promote local artists, as well as strive to create a thriving local arts community. The Red Brick hosts an opening reception for new exhibitions the first Thursday of every month, so there is always an inspiring installtion of new artwork to see. Classes for elementary, middle, and high school students are also offered with workshop subjects ranging from painting to printmaking. Each spring, the Red Brick hosts the ArtStart! Kids' Art Show, featuring fantastic creations by kids who live right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Red Brick truly is a wonderful place to view art by local artists of all ages.
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Relax and rejuvenate at the Remède Spa at the St. Regis Resort Aspen. Remède Spa offers massage, facials, body treatments, and salon services. After your treatments, relax in the oxygen lounge or in the vapor caves. In addition to hiking, biking, and skiing, while visiting Aspen and Snowmass, treat yourself to a day at the spa to relax and release tension.
Family Friendly Outdoor River Valley Ranch
River Valley Ranch is a golf and tennis community in Carbondale, Colorado. With a critically-acclaimed golf course, an excellent tennis program, a fitness center, and more, River Valley Ranch is a family-friendly community known for its active outdoor lifestyle. Open to the public, the River Valley Ranch Golf Club is a beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain golf course with challenging terrain and spectacular views of Mt. Sopris. Visit River Valley Ranch and the River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale today to learn more about this idyllic mountain community.
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When you aren’t tearing up the slopes, gather the family together for bowling at Slopeside Lanes, a bowling alley in Snowmass Village. Enjoy some quality time, and also a welcome change of pace from hiking, biking, or skiing. And when you’re worn out from throwing strike after strike, put in an order of classic bar snacks, like mozzarella sticks and chicken wings. Your group can also enjoy a casual meal of burgers, sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas. For adults, there’s a wide selection of beer and wine.
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The Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center is a great place to spend some time with the family while learning about the archaeological dig that took place at the Ziegler Reservoir in the fall of 2010. A team from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science uncovered an enormous quantity of bones from sloths, mammoths, mastodons, and many other animals. Learn about the ancient creatures that once tromped through these very mountains. The Ice Age Discovery Center is open daily from November 24 – April 15. Admission is free.
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Visit the Snowmass Recreation Center, a 16,000 sq. ft. rec center with a fitness area, gym, climbing wall, salt water pools, skate park, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and more. Perfect for the whole family in winter and summer. Fitness classes are offered including Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts, Pilates, Tai Chi, Power Cycling, Yoga, and more.
The Aspen Institute is a key player in the development of a thinking society. In the Aspen community, they provide a space for intriguing, open discussions on important topics that have an integral role in our daily lives and in the lives of future generations. Throughout the year, the Aspen Institute holds numerous events to engage people from all walks of life in a great conversation that can aid in creating a better world. The Aspen Institute hosts the Aspen Ideas Festival each summer which brings together leaders and interesting thinkers from around the world to discuss their work, ideas, and the issues that inspire them. Past speakers include Thomas Friedman and Cory Booker.
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Theatre Aspen provides the perfect venue in which to enjoy a professional theatrical production. With an array of rich programming such as productions of Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, The True Story of of the 3 Little Pigs, and so much more, Theatre Aspen brings inspiring live performances to the Aspen community each season. In addition to their theater productions, they also provide educational programs for all adults, teenagers, and children in order to cultivate an appreciation and love for performance art.
Child Care Family Friendly Snowmass Base Village
The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center is located in the Snowmass Base Village, and offers childcare services for children from 8 weeks and older. When you drop you kids off at the Treehouse, depending on their age, they have the option to participate in a Ski and Snowboard School lesson with children of a similar age and skill level. So, while you are out exploring Snowmass Mountain, your kids are also having a great time in their ski or snowboard lesson! For younger children not ready to hit the slopes, the Treehouse is an enormous facility measuring 2,300 square meters, and offers plenty of opportunities for creative, fun, and unique indoor activities.
Cultural Nightlife Aspen
The Wheeler Opera House has been situated on the corner of Hyman Avenue and Mill Street since 1889. With over 350 days of entertainment and programming, the Wheeler is considered an integral component of cultural life in the Aspen community. The Wheeler hosts an incredible array of festivals and other programs including the Aspen Laff Festival, Mountain Summit: Mountain Film in Aspen, the 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival, and so much more.
Nightlife Outdoor Aspen Buttermilk / Tiehack
Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado is the main stage of the Winter X Games. The mountain has hosted the action sports competition for over a decade now.
Held in late January, X Games Aspen attracts huge crowds to Aspen Snowmass. And in the past few years, the annual event has grown to include a festival village and musical performances. Past artists include Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Chromeo, Tiësto, Phoenix, Axwell, and Matt & Kim.
X Games Aspen offers free admission to all of its sporting events. And that means, anyone can watch 200+ talented athletes compete at their highest caliber, day and night.
X Games Aspen has welcomed the athletes listed below to compete for medals and purses.
- Jamie Anderson
- Gretchen Bleiler ― Snowmass local
- Bobby Brown
- Kelly Clark
- Simon Dumont
- Heath Frisby
- Arielle Gold
- Tucker Hibbert
- Gus Kenworthy
- Levi LaVallee
- Colten Moore
- Iouri Podladtchikov
- Mike Schultz
- Shaun White
- Torin Yater-Wallace ― Aspen local
Get pumped for this year’s Winter X Games Aspen. Learn more about the event by visiting:
The Winter X Games Aspen is a popular event, and often leads to sold-out accommodations. The sooner you reserve an Aspen or Snowmass vacation rental, the better.
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