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Family Adventure in Aspen's West End

Family Activities

Aspen, Colorado, offers a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the year. 

Summer Adventure Guide

A group of small kids with their snowboards
Skiing and Snowboarding

Aspen is renowned for its world-class ski resorts, including Aspen Snowmass. Families can enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the pristine slopes, with lessons available for all skill levels.   

Mom and daughter hiking in the forrest
Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort

Enjoy skiing or snowboarding in the winter, and during the summer, explore the mountain on hiking and biking trails. The resort offers activities for all skill levels.  

Snowmass Rodeo
Snowmass Rodeo

During the summer, families can enjoy the Snowmass Rodeo in Snowmass Village, a classic Western experience with bull riding, barrel racing, and other rodeo events. It's a fun and entertaining evening for all ages.   

Hiking and Biking
Hiking and Biking

Explore the scenic trails around Aspen on foot or by bike. There are numerous family-friendly trails suitable for various fitness levels, offering breathtaking views of the mountains.  

Maroon Bells Scenic Area
Maroon Bells Scenic Area

Take a scenic drive or hike around the iconic Maroon Bells, two stunning mountain peaks reflected in Maroon Lake. It's a beautiful spot for family photos.  

bird in nature habitat
Nature Scavenger Hunt

Gather your family, rent a polaroid camera from the front desk and set out to explore our 40-acres to search for natural items across our campus. From bird watching to rock balancing and more, our scavenger hunts encourage guests to absorb the beauty that surrounds us including the Roaring Fork River and dreamy sunsets over the mountains.

Ute Trail
Ute Trail

Take a family-friendly hike on the Ute Trail, offering panoramic views of Aspen. It's a relatively short hike suitable for children, providing a great outdoor experience.   

bike stand
Ute Mountaineer

Rent bikes, skis, or other outdoor gear from Ute Mountaineer and embark on a family adventure in the scenic surroundings of Aspen.   

Family hiking along a river path together
Roaring Fork River

Both paddleboarding and fishing are popular activities on the Roaring Fork River in Aspen, Colorado.

Child with Moose Toy
Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

Our wildlife scavenger hunt is perfect for younger adventurers identifying shapes, colors and touch points. Gather your family, rent a polaroid camera from the front desk and set out to explore our 40-acres to search for natural items across our campus. Little explorers who finish the hunt will be rewarded with a sweet prize from our front desk team.

outdoor art installation
Art Scavenger Hunt

Explore the deep connection between art and nature across our campus. Did you know between 1953 and 1973, artist, sculptor and architect, Herbert Bayer, wove outdoor walkways through his landscape architecture, known as “earthworks”? With our grounds rich in architecture and outdoor sculptures, your family can use clues to find special works of art. Rent out a polaroid camera from the front desk to document each finding. Once completed, visit the front desk to collect a special prize.

Family paddle boarding together on a river

Paddleboarding is a popular water activity on the Roaring Fork River. You can find rental shops in Aspen that offer paddleboards and other water sports equipment. The river provides a scenic backdrop for paddleboarding, especially during the warmer months.

Child fishing on a river with a life jacket

The Roaring Fork River is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. It's home to various fish species, including trout. Anglers can try fly fishing or conventional fishing methods. You may need to check and adhere to fishing regulations, including catch-and-release practices, to preserve the health of the river's ecosystem.   

Children painting together
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Engage in family-friendly art activities and workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. They often offer programs for children and adults.   

A father and a daughter in nature together
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)

Explore the natural beauty of Aspen by visiting ACES, a nature preserve in Aspen. They have nature programs, guided hikes, and interactive exhibits suitable for families.   

Wheeler Opera House

Check the schedule at Wheeler Opera House for family-friendly performances and events. They often host concerts, plays, and other entertainment suitable for all ages.   

Picture of a mine with lights showing the way into the mine trail
Smuggler Mine Tour

Take a guided tour of Smuggler Mine and learn about Aspen's mining history. It's an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. You can also reserve a jeep trail tour.   

Downtown Aspen during the Saturday Market
Aspen Saturday Market

If you visit during the summer, explore the Aspen Saturday Market. It's a lively farmers' market where you can find fresh produce, local crafts, and entertainment.   

Two children holding hands in a pool together
Aspen Recreation Center (ARC)

The ARC is a hub for family fun, featuring a swimming pool, ice skating rink, indoor climbing wall, and a variety of recreational activities suitable for all ages. It's a great place for indoor family fun.     

Girl ice skating in an indoor ice skating rink
Aspen Ice Garden

Enjoy ice skating at Aspen Ice Garden, especially during the winter months. Located in downtown Aspen, t's a classic family activity in a picturesque setting.

Before planning your visit, be sure to check the current status and availability of activities, as some may be seasonal or subject to change.