Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Aspen

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is a 22-acre (10-hectare) wildlife sanctuary that hugs the Roaring Fork River. With a mission to advance ‘the ethic that the earth must be respected and nurtured,’ the cent…
Top Choice Live Music in Aspen

Belly Up

Long the top nightspot in Aspen, Belly Up has built and maintained its street cred by bringing the best live acts to the Aspen people. That means everything from local bluegrass bands to hip-hop globalist K’NAAN and…
Top Choice Modern American in Aspen

Justice Snow's

Located in the historic Wheeler Opera House, Justice Snow's is a retro-fitted old saloon that marries antique wooden furnishings with a deft modern touch. Although nominally a bar – the speakeasy cocktails are the s…
Top Choice American in Aspen

Pine Creek Cookhouse

This log-cabin restaurant, located 1.5 miles past the Ashcroft ghost town at the end of Castle Creek Rd (about 30min from Aspen), boasts the best setting around. In summer you can hike here; in winter it's cross-cou…
Top Choice Pub Food in Aspen

Ranger Station

OK, so this place is much more a bar than a restaurant, but given the dearth of dining choices in Snowmass, you may as well eat here too. The stars of the show are the 10 New Belgium beers on tap, but where else are…
Cafe in Aspen

Pyramid Bistro

Set on the top floor of Explore Booksellers, this gourmet veggie cafe serves up some delightful creations, including sweet potato gnocchi with goat cheese, truffled mushroom burgers and quinoa salad with mango, avoc…
Top Choice Brewery in Aspen

Aspen Brewing Co

With six signature flavors and a sun-soaked balcony facing the mountain, this is definitely the place to unwind after a hard day's play. Brews range from the flavorful This Year's Blonde and high-altitude Independen…
Japanese in Aspen

Matsuhisa

The original Colorado link in Matsuhisa Nobu’s iconic global chain that now wraps around the world. This converted house is more intimate than the Vail sibling and still turns out spectacular dishes such as miso bla…
Music in Aspen

Aspen Music Festival

Every summer for the past 60 or so years, some of the best classical musicians from around the world have come to play, perform and learn from the masters of their craft. Students form orchestras led by world-famous…
Museum in Aspen

Ice Age Discovery Center

In October 2010, a bulldozer working near Snowmass unearthed the tusk of a female mammoth. Spurred by this unusual discovery, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science moved in for the next 10 months to conduct its la…