7 Things to Do this Summer: From Aspen to Glenwood Springs to Rifle
Aspen — Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour
The Maroon Bells are two spectacular 14,000’ peaks; they’re perfectly framed by an alpine lake, aspen trees, surrounding mountains, and the blue sky above. We recommend taking the Maroon Bells guided bus tour. Sit back, and enjoy the scenery as the bus driver shares interesting geological, ecological, and historical information about the area.
Snowmass — Free guided hiking on Snowmass Mountain with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
This summer, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is once again offering free guided hiking on Snowmass Mountain. Choose between the Snowmass Wildflower Hike, where you can learn about local flora, and the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Hike, where you can learn about the Ice Age fossils discovered in Snowmass in 2010.
Basalt — Fly fishing on the Frying Pan River
Explore the Gold Medal waters of the Frying Pan River while on a fly fishing adventure. Take a guide with you, and try to match the hatch! The most notable is the Green Drake hatch.
Carbondale — Bike ride on the Rio Grande Trail
Ride from Carbondale to Rock Bottom Ranch on the Rio Grande Trail. The bike ride is 5.3 miles one-way. When you get to the ranch, go on a guided tour, and then, purchase some of their sustainably farmed vegetables, eggs, and meat.
Glenwood Springs — Soak in the hot springs pool
After biking, hiking, fishing, and sightseeing, you deserve a nice soak in the Glenwood hot springs pool. Take a dip in the restorative, mineral-rich waters, and you’ll be ready for more mountain adventures.
Marble/Redstone — Canoe on Beaver Lake
Take a break from whitewater by canoeing on the calm waters of Beaver Lake in Marble. You can rent canoes from some Marble lodges; and if you’re a guest, you can use their canoes free of charge.
New Castle/Rifle — Shop at the farmers markets
Shop local at the New Castle Community Market and Rifle Farmers Market. Both farmers markets are held on Thursdays in the summer. The New Castle market runs from 4:30-7:30PM at Burning Mountain Park. The Rifle Farmers Market runs from 4-8PM downtown. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables as well as handmade goods from Colorado artists.
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