The list of things to do in a Snowmass summer is endless. Here are just a few suggestions to ensure you don't miss out on some must-do experiences:
#1: Hike the Rim Trail to Spiral Point and stand on a giant marble yin yang to take in a spectacular view of Mt. Daly. Visit HikeSnowmass.com for trail information.
#2: Saddle up to explore the serene beauty of Snowmass on horseback. Call Snowmass Creek Outfitters at 970.704.0707.
#3: See the iconic Maroon Bells from the top of Elk Camp – earn the view by hiking to the 11,325' lookout, or ride the gondola and chairlift to the top. Elk Camp Gondola & Chairlift open 10am-4pm daily, June 22–September 3, plus weekends through September 30. Gondola tickets are available at the ticket office in Base Village, or at AspenSnowmass.com.
#4: Choose your adventure at the new Lost Forest on-mountain activity center, complete with an alpine coaster, climbing wall, zip lines and ropes courses. Open daily beginning June 22, 10:00am-3:30pm. Learn more here.
#5: Bid on original art at a Lunchtime Auctionette at Anderson Ranch, complete with an optional $10 BBQ lunch and ice cream sundae bar. Select Fridays, starting June 15 at 11:45am. Call 970.923.3181 or visit AndersonRanch.org.
#6: See notable musicians take the stage each week, with the mountains as their backdrop and the stars as their encore, at the Snowmass Free Concert Series. Every Thursday from June 14 to August 16. See the full lineup at GoSnowmass.com/concerts.
#7: Learn about Snowmass' huge Ice Age fossil discovery, and see where thousands of mammoth and mastodon bones were found, on a guided Ice Age Hike. Daily at 1:00pm, June 16-September 3, plus weekends through September 30. Call 970.922.2277 or visit AspenNature.org. (Dates subject to change)
#8: Watch bucking broncos, bull riders and barrel racing at the Snowmass Rodeo, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this summer. Every Wednesday, June 13-August 22; BBQ at 5:00pm, rodeo at 7:00pm, rain or shine. Tickets and info at SnowmassRodeo.org.
#9: Pedal the Viewline trail to the mountain bike paradise of Sky Mountain Park or blast down buff gravity trails in Snowmass Bike Park. Visit BikeSnowmass.com for trail information.
#10: Enjoy the valley's bounty with a farm-to-table dinner at Elk Camp Restaurant, with local brews, outdoor activities and live music. Select Tuesdays, July-August, 5:30pm. Complimentary Elk Camp Gondola rides begin at 4:30pm. Call 970.923.0450 or click here.