Hiking

Maroon Bells Follow any of the fantastic hikes here to trade in the crowds for summer wildflowers.

Cathedral Lake Trail Steep and sweet, it climbs to a glacial lake in an alpine cirque.

Hunter Creek Trail Follow your feet from Mill St right out of town into Aspen's open space.

Crested Butte Popular trek to the laid-back mountain town on the other side of West Maroon Pass.

Cuisine

Meat & Cheese Offshoot of a local cheese producer, with gourmet farmhouse leanings.

Matsuhisa Nobu Matsuhisa is now a global brand, but his sushi still delivers.

Pyramid Bistro Top spot for a healthy epicurean meal.

Justice Snow's Cool old saloon with a playful and affordable menu.

Outdoor Adventures

Downhill skiing Aspen's raison d'être is the gondola that rises straight out of town.

Rio Grande Trail Cycle this down-valley bike path to Hunter S Thompson's favorite bar – or much, much further.

Snowmass Bike Park Lift-assisted downhill fun, with plenty of pedal-powered singletrack, too.

Aspen Paragliding Launch off the side of one of the mountains and get ready to fly.

Stillwater Hop on a stand-up paddleboard and float down the Roaring Fork River in style.

Cross-country skiing Sixty miles of free trails link up four towns in the winter.

Historic Sites

Independence From boom town to ghost town on the way up to Independence Pass.

Ashcroft Abandoned silver-mining town, enlivened with cross-country trails and a gourmet cookhouse.

Hotel Jerome A 19th-century landmark that can be visited on a tour with the Aspen Historical Society.

Ice Age Discovery Center Meet the oldest inhabitants in town at this family-oriented Snowmass museum.