Top 7 Activities in Aspen

At The Innsbruck Aspen, Bluegreen Resorts’ cozy and elegant vacation destination in Aspen, Colorado, guests are within walking distance of world-class mountain slopes and the town’s renowned cultural activities. The authentic mountain town has become famous for its large events, the surrounding natural wonders, and a wide range of outdoor activities.

While the diverse mountain terrain is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, anyone can enjoy Aspen’s beautiful scenery and diverse attractions. Here are some of the best activities off the slopes to consider when staying at The Innsbruck Aspen, just one of Bluegreen Resorts’ many destinations surrounded by nature:

1.Grottos Trail

aspen mountain mistOn Independence Pass, located just outside of Aspen, the famous Grottos Trail leads to a series of cascades and caves created by the Roaring Fork River. With some climbing skills, you can explore the grottos’ various inlets, guided by rays of sunlight that filter down into the caves. The caves are usually wet and muddy, which can impact the ease of exploring and exiting the grottos.

Past the grottos, locally known as the Ice Caves, are thundering waterfalls and pools of icy mountain water surrounded by water-carved rock formations. The trail to the grottos and cascades is less than a mile long, with minimal elevation gain, so the sites are easily accessible for most people.

2.Aspen Recreation Center

For travelers who are looking to escape less-than-ideal weather conditions or to entertain their family for hours, the Aspen Recreation Center offers a host of activities for people of all ages. A day pass to the recreation center allows you to experience indoor rock climbing, guitar classes, hockey games, youth art classes, and karate classes.

At the recreation center’s expansive indoor pool, guests can swim laps or relax while floating on the lazy river. The fully equipped fitness center and weight room are complemented by a number of athletic courts, where teams and individuals can gather to play tennis and pickleball. Perfect for every season, the Aspen Recreation Center is open year-round, every day of the week.

3.Maroon Lake and Crater Lake

maroon bells coloradoIn the summer and fall, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts in Aspen can experience breathtaking mountain views and serene landscapes by visiting Maroon Lake and hiking to Crater Lake. The parking lot at Maroon Bells Scenic Area is just a few steps from the shore of Maroon Lake, with the iconic Maroon Bells looming just beyond and creating a reflection on the lake’s smooth surface.

Alongside the picture-perfect Maroon Lake is a path for the 2-mile hike to Crater Lake. At the far end of Maroon Lake, the path splits and hikers stay on the trail marked West Maroon Trail/Crater Lake. Hikers complete 600 feet of elevation gain before reaching Crater Lake, a shallow body of clear mountain water surrounded by forest, peaks, and wildlife.

4.Aspen Paragliding

While Aspen sits at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, more adventurous travelers can go even higher and experience an adrenaline rush by paragliding off the slopes. With flights available year round, Aspen Paragliding allows you to soar over snow-covered mountains, lush fields, or colorful aspens as the tandem pilots handle the equipment.

The paragliding organization does not require people to have previous paragliding experience for tandem flights with pilots who are certified by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

5.Wheeler Opera House

In a town known for its cultural offerings, the Wheeler Opera House has long been Aspen’s most prominent performance venue, hosting concerts, lectures, opera, festivals, and other community events. The venue, which has been operating since 1889, maintains much of its historic charm, with plush red fabrics and wooden balustrades.

Over the years, the Wheeler Opera House has presented locally developed performances and famous entertainers, including Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, and Oprah Winfrey.

6.Cycling Owl Creek Trail

Both casual and serious cyclists can enjoy a ride on Owl Creek Trail, which runs between Aspen and the nearby Snowmass Village. Starting at the Buttermilk Ski Area, the trail runs into Aspen, where riders can take Cemetery Lane to the Rio Grande Trail.

The 4.4-mile trail passes through open meadows and aspen groves as riders climb Owl Creek-Bush Creek pass. While it is unpaved, the scenic trail is smooth and riders can enjoy a mostly downhill trip from Snowmass to Aspen.

7.River Rafting

Around Aspen, there are a number of rivers where visitors can experience the rush of river rafting. The Roaring Fork River, Colorado River, and Arkansas River offer varying levels of difficulty so that people of all ages and levels of experience can enjoy a river adventure.

On “easy” rafting trips, the whole family can experience minor rapids and take in the scenery while floating on large sections of open river. Moderate-level rafting trips are often longer and take place on more powerful sections of the river, such as Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River and Upper Roaring Fork on the Roaring Fork River. In these sections, paddlers have to navigate irregular currents, holes, and rocks. During intermediate-level trips, paddlers travel over extensive rapids, as they maneuver around rocks and powerful currents.

Several tour groups in the Aspen area offer river rafting trips, including Elk Mountain Expeditions and Blazing Adventures.