The best times to see Aspen covered in white powder are November through early mid-April, any time after that, you’ll be able to experience a plethora of hiking trails and much more! Despite the snow season ending, there are still many fun activities happening in Aspen! You can ring in the summer by going on a hike or hitting up the local bar to see the nightlife the city has to offer.
There are countless hiking trails for the experienced and not so experienced. Some popular hiking trails are Smuggler Mountain Trail and the popular Rio Grande Trail. Smuggler Mountain Trail is approximately 6 miles, so it is a light hike for those who are looking for a nice stroll – it is also dog friendly, so feel free to bring your pups! Rio Grande Trail is for the more experienced, at 42 miles long. You can either hike or bike this long trail. Bikes can be rented from several rental shops.
If you’re looking for more fun and less of a workout, you can always check out some of the best bars Aspen has to offer. A more low-key option is Aspen Brewing Company in downtown. Since it is Aspen’s only microbrewery, it might be worth checking off your list!
Regardless of what you decide to do to ring in the summer, Aspen has a lot to offer with or without snow. Come check it out and enjoy the city as much as I do. Summer 2018, I’m ready for you!