On-Mountain Activites Near Aspen

Whether there is snow on the mountains at Aspen or the summer sun is shining bright, there are a myriad of activities available for the adventurer. A favorite in warm weather is taking a jeep tour on the backside of the mountain. The Gold Hill Tour takes visitors to the crest of the ridge and gives them an amazing view of the Continental Divide looking to one side, while the Montezuma Basin is in view on the other side. On the trip through the region, the tour skirts past cabins and mines that have existed since the early days of Aspen's history. The meadows, forests, and wildflowers make some fairly stunning backdrops for pictures.

If you happen to be in Aspen when the snow is on the ground, you can enjoy a snowmobile tour offered by Sunlight Mountain Resort. The ride takes passengers through White River National Forest and gives them views of the Flattops, the West Elk Mountains, and Mt. Sopris. To help keep riders warm, the snowmobiles come complete with hand warmers. The snowmobiles are state-of-the-art and are equipped with several safety features. Guidance and instruction from the staff regarding operation of the machines will give even an amateur confidence to handle the unit.

It is, of course, no secret that some of the best skiing in the country is found at Aspen. Many people do not realize, though, that snowboarding is also a favorite mountain activity. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing can be experienced as well, whether the visitor brought his own equipment or not. Most any kind of equipment can be rented in Aspen, so there is absolutely no reason not to try a new activity.

No other experience can bring the exhilaration that a horseback ride in the mountains produces. Entire families can take a peaceful ride through the forest together. Even a beginning rider will be able to share in the same type of excursion as a more experienced rider. Guides will wind the horses through areas that allow views of majestic aspens and beautiful wildflowers and foliage.

For those who have never experienced the feeling of true freedom, a paragliding flight should be on the agenda. A pilot will give instructions before the launch and fit the individual with a harness. A couple of running steps later, and the pair is in flight, with the pilot seated behind the passenger.