The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List for Aspen, Colorado

Let's get real: Aspen isn't a secret.

This Colorado mountain town is so well known, in fact, that its reputation as a glitzy ski resort sometimes overshadows its adventurous roots. But don't be fooled, Aspen is a destination for even the most hard-to-impress explorers.

Are you ready to check it out? Here are the adventures you should be putting on your bucket list.

Adventure by Kyle Frost

Hot springs and stunning views of the Maroon Bells await on this 18-mile backpacking trip. Permits are required for overnight stays, so be sure to plan in advance.

Adventure by Paul Kestel

This is a scenic spot for photos in the winter, and a swimming hole for the brave in the summer. Don't miss it.

Adventure by Eric Schuette

Leave the crowds behind with a hike to Crater Lake. It's less popular than nearby Maroon Lake and no less beautiful. Get there for sunset to watch the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak put on a reflection show in the water.

Adventure by Jason Hatfield

Backcountry ski from your back door with a stay at the secluded McNamara Hut. McNamara is one of the original huts in the 10th Mountain Division system and sleeps up to 16 people.

Adventure by Jennifer Broome

If you're traveling with family, or are simply looking for a quick but beautiful adventure, check out the Grottos Trail. The one-mile hike in the forest leads to ice caves and waterfalls. You can even slip into the caves for some underworld magic.

Adventure by Kelley Dodge

Located in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area, Silver Bell campground is perfect for those looking for a quiet night to watch the stars. It's particularly beautiful in fall!

Adventure by Mike Fennell

Maroon Creek Road is a popular road in the summer, but when it is closed in the winter, it belongs to the snowshoers, skiers, and snowmobilers. For the full adventure, glide, walk, or ride the entire six miles to Maroon Lake.

Adventure by Mike Fennell

Government Trail is beautiful any time of year, but the stands of aspen trees make it particularly lovely in the fall. This ten-mile point-to-point trail begs to be hiked the entire distance, so either set up a car shuttle or take the free bus back to Aspen.

Cover photo by Whitney James

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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