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Sardy House tree lighting ceremony

As we approach the month of December, Aspen becomes a true winter wonderland. Wreaths festooned with red ribbons hang on the lamp posts in downtown Aspen; lights adorn nearly every tree; store windows display festive decorations; kids build snowmen in Wagner Park.

With miles and miles of groomed trails stretching from Aspen to Snowmass to Basalt, cross country skiing in Aspen is a great way to explore the Roaring Fork Valley, get some exercise and sunshine, and have an exciting Nordic skiing adventure.

The Roaring Fork Valley is a destination for lovers of the sport of fly fishing. With four different rivers to fish, each offering a spectacular, challenging, and unique river environment, there is nothing quite like a fly fishing adventure on one of the local rivers in the Aspen area.

Playing golf in Aspen offers a truly unique experience to golfers of all levels. From stunning mountain views to challenging alpine terrain, there are a number of Aspen golf courses throughout the Roaring Fork Valley that are well worth exploring.

Horseback riding trips in Aspen Snowmass venture into pristine wilderness areas with breathtaking mountain views that inspire many riders to return by horseback again and again.

During your winter vacation in Aspen, 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 at SK8, or race around the NHL regulation-size rink at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

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.

Jeep tours in the Aspen and Snowmass area welcome adventurers into pristine mountain landscapes. Most Aspen and Snowmass jeep tours are provided by the guides at Blazing Adventures, an Aspen company offering outdoor adventure trips from whitewater rafting to horseback riding and more.

John Denver Sanctuary

Located along the Roaring Fork River, as it runs through downtown Aspen, the John Denver Sanctuary is a peaceful outdoor oasis that highlights the spectacular natural beauty of Aspen, Colorado.

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.

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