Recreation in the Roaring Fork Valley & Beyond
Surrounded by beautiful mountains, clear lakes and rivers, and spectacular views, outdoor activities abound in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond! Many sports are seasonal, although some are not, and many residents enjoy the outdoors year-round. With the variety of outdoor recreation available, there’s no shortage of things to get out and do.
Colorado is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. With some of the best runs, people from all over the world come to Colorado, and the Roaring Fork Valley, to enjoy the mountains and snow. In the area, there are five main mountains where skiers and snowboarders go to take some turns.
There are hiking trails and camping spots throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Some popular spots include hiking and camping at the Maroon Bells in Aspen; camping around Ruedi Reservoir near Basalt; hiking and mountain biking on Red Hill, also known as Mushroom Rock, in Carbondale; hiking, horseback riding, and camping at Avalanche Creek located between Carbondale and Redstone; Hanging Lake, located east of Glenwood Springs, whose picturesque waterfall overlooks a clear lake with view straight to the bottom; and hiking and camping in Harvey Gap State Park and the scenic Rifle Falls State Park.
With three world-class rivers as well as the legendary Colorado River flowing through the Roaring Fork Valley, there are plenty of places to raft, kayak, paddleboard, and enjoy a variety of white water sports. From Aspen to Glenwood Springs, there are several rafting companies that provide guided raft adventures on the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River. Individuals also enjoy rafting and kayaking on personal watercraft. Check local business listings for information about rafting outfitters.