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Man holding onto son at an ice skating rink

During your winter vacation in Aspen, you or your family can spend a sunny afternoon or a starry evening twirling around one of Aspen's local ice rinks. Take in the sights and sounds of downtown Aspen, race around the Aspen Recreation Center’s regulation-size Lewis Ice Arena, or spin like a figure skater at the Aspen Ice Garden a few blocks from downtown Aspen. You can also find two ice rinks just a short drive downvalley in Snowmass, in case you choose to broaden your local options.

Independence Pass Aspen, CO

Located east of downtown Aspen on Highway 82, Independence Pass is a 12,095 foot mountain pass crossing over the Continental Divide. Today, the Independence Pass area is great for hiking, camping, fishing, and sightseeing.

A modified Jeep for Aspen jeep tours

If you’re looking for an extraordinary experience in the Aspen area’s Roaring Fork valley that most tourists (and even locals) neglect, a backcountry jeep tour may be a great option. There are several tour providers throughout the Aspen valley region, so you can choose the location — and the company — that’s right for you.  

Aspen and Snowmass have so much to offer in terms of outdoor recreation, and especially when it comes to a whitewater adventure. Kayaking in Aspen offers visitors and locals the chance to experience the Roaring Fork Valley's rivers in an entirely new way.

Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO

Why would you come all the way to Aspen, and miss a visit to the Maroon Bells—North America’s most-photographed mountains? We think that seeing these 14,000-foot peaks in person is an absolute must.

Rock climbing in Aspen brings people into scenic national forests with sweeping mountain views, while challenging climbers with exciting granite pitches. Aspen rock climbing makes for an excellent family excursion, and offers the chance for everyone to try a new outdoor sport.

Skiers and snowboarders standing outside a lodge

Aspen Mountain is situated in the heart of Aspen. The 11,212 foot ski mountain rises beautifully above the town of Aspen, Colorado to create one of the most stunning vistas no matter where you stand in downtown Aspen.

Exterior of restaurant hosting snowcat dinners in winter

Once the sun sets in Aspen and Snowmass, ample enjoyment can still be had on the Aspen ski mountains well into the evening with the snowcat dinners.

A snowmobiler on the mountain surrounded by trees

Discover the quiet beauty of wide open alpine meadows and evergreen forests while on a snowmobile adventure in Aspen. Explore Aspen's winter landscape by snowmobile, and gain access to pristine backcountry locations.