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Summer Vacation Ideas


Aspen isn't just a big name because it's some ritzy area to visit during ski season. The area is well known for what many call, "The Curse of the Ute," in that for years visitors have stayed longer than planned, even moved to Aspen, just after one visit. We couldn't possibly list all the things to do in the area. Here are a few ideas.

Kayaking

The crystal clear water of the rivers in the Rockies cut through the rock like passageways as they glide through the panorama of visuals. In Aspen, you can kayak these rivers, on your own or with a guide. Kayaking is a healthy, fun, and exciting but we highly recommend checking out the Aspen Kayak Acadmey. They'll provide you with equipment and half, full, or even multi-day classes. Kids and teens can participate in camps throughout the summer for those willing to really learn this fun and challenging activity.

Paint Ball

Ok, we know, go to the Rockies and sign up for paint ball? But the Aspen Skiing Company has a group fast-paced paint ball game where you and 6-10 of your friends could battle another team all on an outdoor course. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it? Better check this out at least 24 hours in advance, as reservations fill up fast!

Horseback Riding

One of the best guides someone can get in Aspen just happens to have four legs. Go horseback riding and travel the area like those before us. Ride alone or join a tour, where a tour guide will take you along and give you fun and interesting facts about the geology and history of the area.

Whitewater Rafting

There's a reason this region has town after town offering whitewater rafting trips. People come from all over the world to raft the Arkansas and Colorado Rivers, as well as many other throughout this great state. Aspen offers not only beginner rapids, but also boasts some of the hardest whitewater rafting in the United States. Like most everything else here, you can enjoy the beauty of the rivers alone or challenge the rapids as a group. Unless you are well trained in this area, go with a group. It's really not as hard or scary as you might think it is.

Offroading

One of the more unique tours are organized offroading tours. Tour guides take only the most adventurist people in road-ready ATV’s. Enjoy the wilderness and get down in dirty in some very heavy duty trucks. This is great fun and gets you to some backcountry you wouldn't normally get to see.

Hiking

Explore the mountains, the valleys, the rivers, and the lakes while exercising and enjoying the mountain fresh air. Remember safety in the mountains is of the utmost importance and always bring your first aid kit. We love the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. Here you can hike from hut to hut using the same trails the division trained on (mostly during the winter) during WWII. Some of the trails are just a few miles, but others are a days hike apart, giving you the ability to pick your level.