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Thrilling Things to Do in Aspen, Colorado

Known the world over for its exhilarating skiing scene, the tiny mountain town of Aspen in Colorado is a paradise for adrenaline junkies.
... Aspen is a great destination for both, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Lying comfortably within the Roaring Fork River Valley and surrounded by the mighty Elk Mountain range ...
Keep going for some of the most thrilling things to do while in Aspen, CO, apart from skiing!
Go white-water rafting …
… and traverse the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon or the Numbers.
Slaughterhouse Falls near Downtown Aspen and Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River also offer top-notch white-water rafting experiences!
Engage in a mountain biking adventure …
… through the Elk Mountains and take in the beautiful scenery, alongside exploring the vast network of trails that the mountains are lined with.
If you’re an expert and physically ultra-fit, go for the more difficult rides near Aspen, popularly known as the Power of Four - Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Mountain.
Hop onto a snowmobile …
… if you are specifically visiting during winter. There are many tour operators offering snowmobile adventures in and around Aspen.
Most popular locations for snowmobiling include the Maroon Creek Valley, Maroon Bells, and White River National forest, among others.
Indulge in rock climbing …
… and make thrilling memories, alongside having an excellent workout. No matter whether you’re a novice or an expert, Aspen will treat you well.
Just a few minutes southeast of Aspen is the famous Independence Pass that provides endless opportunities for enthusiastic rock climbers.
Also, don’t miss the Capitol Peak, the mighty 14er that is perilous and treacherous, but thrilling!
Hike the Maroon Bells …
… the twin Elk Mountain peaks, which soar more than 14,000 feet above the picturesque Maroon Lake.
Hike to the summit and take in magical views of the surroundings and the winding trail that meanders around the lake like a restless snake.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour …
… and enjoy magnificent views of the city from up top. Because Aspen is nestled between soaring mountains and sinking valleys, there are plenty of companies offering hot air balloon tours.
Rise early and take a tour that departs at sunrise. You will really enjoy the stunning landscape below!
Visit Glenwood Springs …
… that offers many opportunities for hiking, fishing, and white-water rafting. Moreover, its intricate network of caves and caverns is also worth exploring.
While, there are plenty of activities to indulge in, Glenwood Springs is known for its legendary hot springs. Don’t forget to take a dip and refresh your mind and body.
Ride in the Silver Queen Gondola …
… a stunning 14-minute ride to the Ajax Mountain summit. While in Aspen, do not miss this adventure.
Once on the summit, visit America’s highest Golf Course. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails for visitors to indulge in.

 Sucheta Pradhan

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