10 Favorite Off Season Activities in the Roaring Fork Valley

When you hear the phrase “off season”, you might picture towns rolling up the sidewalks and closing down. Nothing is further from the truth! Off season just means that the locals have some “time off” to relax and enjoy the fruits of their home town. There are plenty of things to do and see, and in that spirit we present:

The Top 10 Off Season Activities in the Roaring Fork Valley

1. Hiking
When in our beautiful river valley, you may experience the desire to connect with nature. There’s no better way to get perspective on life than to take a hike. From gentle walking trails to technical climbs, the Roaring Fork Valley has lots of options. Try the Maroon Bells in Aspen or Mushroom Rock in Carbondale and you’ll be surprised how rejuvenated you feel.

2. Spas
With the slower pace in town, it’s easier to book a revitalizing massage or facial. The valley has a variety of salons to make you look and feel your best. Try the Aspen St. Regis Remède Spa or the Yampah Salon in Glenwood.

3. Dining
The restaurants up and down the valley have earned a reputation for being a foodie’s haven, while also catering to families and the sport watching, beer drinking crowd. There’s something for everyone. Bon Appétit!

4. Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
There’s a reason that people have been coming to Glenwood Hot Springs Pool since 1888. Its mineral rich waters heal and soothe sore muscles and bodies and the beautiful outdoor setting magnifies the spirit.

5. Biking
There’s no place on earth like the Roaring Fork Valley for spectacular biking. Take your pick from world class road rides or sun dappled mountain biking trails. Pedal up to the Maroon Bells for an intense aerobic workout or jump on the Rio Grande Trail for a scenic ride along the river.

6. Recreation Centers
Don’t want to miss your gym work out? There are first rate exercise studios and recreation centers up and down the valley. Whether lifting weights, attending Pure Barre, logging a cardio workout, swimming laps or getting your CrossFit fix, the facilities from Aspen to Glenwood have what you need.

7. Shopping
It wouldn’t really be off season without a little shopping! Perhaps the designer stores of Aspen or the cute boutiques of Basalt are calling your name. Fine pottery and clothing shops grace Carbondale’s main street and Glenwood has both big box stores and local artisan galleries.

8. Bookstores
The bookstores in the valley have been given a second life due to the support of locals. Sip tea, check out some new best sellers and relax in the quiet literary atmosphere. Catch an author’s talk or pick up a travel guide. Anything is possible when you’re surrounded by books.

9. River Fun
The rivers are best during the offseason due to the runoff of snowmelt. Book a rafting trip down the Roaring Fork, take a lesson in paddle boarding or watch the kayak antics at the Glenwood Whitewater Park. For anglers, Basalt is a gold medal fishing mecca. Whether on the river or spectating, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of Mother Nature.

10. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
This is another attraction that deserves its own billing. Kids and adults love this new park for its 4D Theater, breathtaking cave tours and adrenalin pumping Giant Canyon Swing. The little ones will love panning for gemstones or finding their way through the Fort Whereami Maze.