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Aspen, Colorado #1 Ski Resort

Outdoor Adventure in Aspen



Aspen in Color

Aspen in Color presents a view of Aspen and the surrounding Rocky Mountains through a collection of color photographs by local photographers, depicting one of America's most popular resorts and its setting in a dramatic natural landscape. This coffeetable book combines the images of nature from the Aspen area with photographs of the town of Aspen, characterizing nature in its many moods, and chronicling the activities of the city's residents and visitors. The photographs are arranged by the four seasons of the year. Accompanying text is by Aspen Times writer Paul Andersen.

White Water Rafting:

Exciting rapids with plenty of time to kick back and bask in the Colorado sun.  Soak in natural hot springs along the river's edge, jump in for a swim, or take a turn in a tag-a-long kayak.  (Comes with a riverside lunch). One of the most popular trips offers thrills of the Shoshone rapids, including Baptism, Tuttle's Tumble, Tombstone, The Wall, and Maneater combine with the magnificent beauty of Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River!  Roaring Fork trips too! Another trip offered is a scenic, mild tour through the sheer, majestic walls of Glenwood Canyon or with appropriate water levels, try the splashes of the Roaring Fork River.
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Fly Fishing Expeditions:

Arkansas Valley Anglers offers year-round trips to some of the most productive trout waters in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Participate in a full day introduction to fly fishing starting with a 3 hour hands-on lesson emphasizing casting, fly selection, knot tying, equipment and technique. After a catered lunch, you and your guide will head out to the river banks. Your guide will be at your side offering tips and walking you through every step of your fly fishing experience. A Full Day Wade allows you and your guide to spend the whole day on the river. A catered shore lunch is provided. One can expect changes in weather, water levels, feeding patterns, and hatches. A Full Day Float offers a full river fly fishing experience. Your experienced river fly fishing guide gets you into spots that just can't be accessed by wading. On a Canyon Overnight Float, enjoy an early afternoon shove off in a boat with you, your favorite fishing partner, and one of the area's best fly fishing guides. You will be fully equipped for the overnight canyon expedition of a lifetime. A two day excursion, Wade Float, begins with a 1/2 day wade trip. The next day, you will embark on a full float trip through one of the most beautiful stretches of river around.
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Biking Tours:

Experience the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you enjoy an easy downhill cruise such as the widely popular Maroon Bells Downhill and Ashcroft Ghost Town Downhill tours. The views are spectacular and the ride is unforgettable! If you are ready for a more challenging ride and want to test your skills as a mountain biker, the Rio Grande Trail takes riders along the Roaring Fork River in Aspen, on some paved, unpaved as well as some single track if they feel up to it. The Snowmass Divide Ride will take intermediate riders through forestlands and meadows with views of 14, 000 ft. peaks. You may prefer the experienced off-road rider guided trips on the popular Lincoln Creek Trail off of Independence Pass, as well as two Single Track Trails, the Rim Trail and Tom Blake Trail, both located in Snowmass.

Jeeping Tours:

Explore Aspen Mountain on the Gold Hill Tour or on the Elk Camp Wilderness Tour at Snowmass. The Lenado trip takes you through eclectic Woody Creek and the historic area of Lenado. If you want to get way up there Taylor Pass is the tour for you. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will acquaint you with local lore and amazing history.

Wilderness Hiking:

Experienced guides will introduce you to the diverse flora and fauna, geologic background and rich history of the Aspen area during your wilderness hikes. Beginner 1&Mac218;2 hikes include Difficult Lake and Snowmass Creek, both providing guests with easy terrain and magnificent views. For the intermediate hiker, the Sunnyside hike will provide more challenging terrain in either a 1&Mac218;2 day or 3&Mac218;4 day trip. For the more experienced hiker, three full day trips are offered, including Buckskin Pass which traverses through the Snowmass Wilderness region, as well as Lost Man Loop and Grizzly Lake, both trekking through the Continental Divide area.

Sunset Dinner Tours:

Participate in an evening of Colorado mountain fun, beginning with a four-wheel drive tour into the high country and finishing with a full course hearty dinner in one of the Aspen area's most scenic settings.

Your evening begins at 6:00 PM, blazing a trail up Sam's Knob. Traverse the mountain to the secluded and historic Burlingame log cabin, nestled in the front yard of the majestic Mount Daly and miles from nowhere. Geology, history and wildlife will be discussed and observed along the way. Here the food and fun begins, with group and individual activities; you can toss horseshoes, swing in the tree swing, play Frisbee, or take an unforgettable half-mile hike to the spectacular Mount Daly overlook. A full course country style dinner will be served.

As the sun begins to set behind Mount Daly and the glow of the campfire lights up the surrounding woods, you will be entertained by the sounds of live music. The stars above and the glittering lights of the town below highlight the return trip. You will return at approximately 10:00 PM.

This trip is a great opportunity to relax at the end of the day. The cabin setting is small and intimate, taking you back to the frontier days of early Colorado.

Hot Air Balloon Flights:

There is no better way to view the spectacular scenery of the majestic Rocky Mountains than from a hot air balloon. Flights of fantasy are scheduled every morning at sunrise, and take you over the lovely, rugged landscape of the Aspen/Snowmass area. Balloons will carry you aloft for approximately one hour to a gentle landing downwind, offering breathtaking vistas of the mountain ranges around you, and the flora and fauna below.

Horseback Riding:

Breakfast Rides through hillsides covered with wildflowers and local aspen groves, trail rides including beautiful scenery with views of the Snowmass Creek Valley and Mt Daley, Government Trail Rides where you will view spectacular wild flowers or the gold of fall colors as you ride to Buttermilk Meadows to enjoy views of Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Valley. A Maroon Bells Wilderness Trip gives you a tour of the famous Maroon Valley and East Maroon Canyon. You will enjoy great views of Pyramid Peak and The Bells, which are the most photographed peaks in North America.

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