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Family Adventures

Here’s an awesome list of our favorite summer activities for the kids while you’re visiting Aspen.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)

ACES is abuzz with children’s voices and laughter during the summer months. They offer kids camps from June to August featuring a mix of environmental science education and outdoor exploration that allow your child to experience and learn about the natural world. Let your child wonder in nature and see how quickly they can foster their curious minds!

Aspen Historical Society

Who said history isn’t fun? Teach your kids about Aspen’s rich historical background, starting with the Ute Indians, onto the Mining Boom, to the establishment of life as a ski town. The Aspen Historical Society offers a variety of different tours during the winter season as well.

Aspen Recreation Center

The Aspen Recreation Center, also known as the “ARC”, provides a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Try rock climbing for the first time, join a pick-up game of hockey, participate in mom-and-me ice skating classes, learn how to play the guitar, experience tots and youth art classes, attend mixed martial arts and karate classes, take swim lessons or just kick back and float for hours in our lazy river.

Candy

Just in case all else fails, we’ve got candy. The Aspen Candy Company has 800 types of candy and for chocolate lovers, across the street is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Maybe a reward is in order after a first raft trip or bike ride, or better yet, just ‘cause. Now you know where to get your sugar fix!

Children's Summer Camps

Aspen loves its outdoor adventures in any season, but it’s second best friend is Arts and Culture of course! It’s a good thing we’re familiar with exercising the mind AND the body around here. See what places, such as the Ajax Adventure Camp, Aspen Art Museum, Theatre Aspen, and ACES to name a few, have in store. Your kids could be coming home from a day of creative activity that will wear them out and have the begging for more!

Climbing and Hiking

For the active off-road family strap on your hiking boots for a guided hike to experience each trail crossing and grassy meadow on your own two feet. Better yet, let the guides teach you a thing or two about the basics of climbing and strap into a rope and harness to hang out in the hills, mountain style.

Golf

Aspen and its surrounding is home to many signature golf courses and it is a favorite past time of many summer visitors.

Horseback Riding

Long before roads took people into the backcountry of the Elk Mountain range surrounding Aspen, horses did. So seeing the local landscape on horseback might just be the ideal way to travel. But in true Aspen-style, local outfitters will teach you to ride and take you on a tour unlike any other – complete with wranglers, catered meals and so much more.

Jeep Tours

Forget feet, bikes and horses, sometimes the best way to see what surrounds Aspen is by car. And if four-wheels fit your vision for a day in the backcountry, the only way to travel is on a Jeep tour. Rent your own, or sit back and relax on one of numerous specialized Jeep tours offered by local guide companies.

Mini-Golf at CP Burger

The Silver Circle Ice Rink located across from the Rubey Park Bus Station at the base of Aspen Mountain transforms into a miniature golf course in Aspen’s summer months. The location can’t be beat and the kids will be entertained day or night with this family fun activity. Also CP Burger is right there with the perfect kid-friendly nosh.

Silver Queen Gondola

Step right up! Ride the Silver Queen Gondola all the way to the top of Aspen Mountain. Once you’re there try out the climbing wall or take a jump with Eurobungy. If that’s not your thing there’s disc golf, an obstacle course and even the popular silver nugget dig! Mine for silver just like the old days in Aspen – the small silver nuggets can be taken as a souvenir. Have lunch at the Sundeck or pack a picnic of your own. The view from 11,212 ft. isn’t too shabby either!

Skateboarding

Whether you’re a novice or a shredder, Aspen’s very own Rio Grande Skate Park is a great place to play. Located near the popular Rio Grande Park and Trail the Skate Park includes all types of terrain from a clover bowl, peewee bowl and pool wall extension to a deep vertical bowl. Lessons are available through Radio Boardshop and All Star Skate Camp.

Smuggler Mine Tours

The hike up Smuggler Mountain is more than just a hike – did you know that beneath the hike is one of the most prominent and productive of Colorado’s silver mines? The Smuggler generated a record-breaking nugget of nearly pure silver that weighed close to a ton! This exciting, guided tour takes trekkers into the mine and demonstrates firsthand how challenging the mining of the 19th century was.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is the ultimate Colorado experience and Aspen is home to mellow streams and Class IV rapids alike. If you prefer a quiet canoe or stand up paddle, check out the North Star Nature Preserve and its winding meander through untouched Rocky Mountain splendor. If action packed adventures are more your speed then there are plenty of Class II, III and IV options along the Roaring Fork River, Colorado River and even day trips headed over Independence Pass to the Arkansas River. Aspen’s local rafting companies have years of experiences and loads of good funning on board.