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Snowmass Summer Activities

Although people associate the Snowmass area with world class downhill skiing, locals will tell you the real secret is the summer in Snowmass. Snowmass is especially majestic in the summertime. With warm, sunny days and crisp, starry nights, it’s no wonder so many flock to its pristine mountains year in and year out. Spend the day on a guided nature walk, fly fishing or playing the 36 hole challenging disc golf course up and down the mountain, soak in the sunshine at The Snowmass Club, or explore the mountains via hiking or mountain biking. The Snowmass area is also home to several golf courses, as challenging as they are picturesque.

Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village is an unparalleled setting in western Colorado offering guests a magical, memorable summertime getaway. Take a gondola ride up the mountain and come screaming back down on mountain bike, hike to the perfect picnic spot, or catch the local rodeo. Snowmass especially provides lasting experiences for kids of all ages with its unique V.I.K. Snowmass – Very Important Kid program. We promised you’ll want to return year after year!

Kids at Rodeo

Connect with our Concierge to book your Snowmass activities


White water rafting in Snowmass, Colorado

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting in Colorado is an unforgettable experience combined with adventure, incredible mountain scenery, and local entertainment. Professional raft guides will guide you down the river coaching you on when to paddle, pointing out wildlife and describing the epic mountain scenery. Trips are available May through September for all levels. Catch the early season run off on the local Roaring Fork River. Or travel through the Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River.

We would be happy to help you choose the perfect rafting trip to compliment your Snowmass vacation, contact our concierge for more information.

Family hiking in the summer in Snowmass, Colorado

Snowmass Nature Walks

Free Guided Nature Walk by ACES: The Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ACES) offers free 2 hour guided and educational hikes through lush meadows and aspen forests.

Man Mountain Biking in the Summer in Snowmass, Colorado

Mountain Biking

Snowmass, Colorado knows biking. On January 28, 2020, the International Mountain Bicycling Association designated the Roaring Fork Valley IMBA Ride Center a Gold Level Ride Center. 300 miles of high-quality single track await you including Snowmass Mountain’s Bike Park, the Snowmass Rim Trail, and more! With world-class skiing in the winter, Snowmass now offers world-class mountain biking in the summer.

Snowmass Mountain Lodging offers guests secure, private bike storage and a complimentary cleaning station at 4 Mountain Sports. Not bringing you own bike? Our concierge  can help you rent a bike to enjoy all of the trails.

Locals Tip:
Hitch a ride to the top via the Elk Camp Gondola and cruise down to Snowmass Base Village on the Bike Park’s trails rated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Or, venture into the back-country and tackle one of the best bike rides in Colorado. The Rim Trail covers 10.52 miles and is made of 70% single track. This trail is perfect for the intermediate rider.

Horseback riding in the summer in Snowmass, Colorado

Horseback Riding

Explore the Colorado wilderness and all of its beauty on an unforgettable horseback ride. There are multiple options in the area with tours winding through the Elk Mountain Range or the White River National Forest, complete with spectacular views of the local mountains. Tour offerings range from one hour to full days trips with lunch or dinner provided.

Let our concierge know if you’re interested in arranging a trip.

Hot Air Balloons in Snowmass, Colorado

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Do you dream of floating above the mountain tops? Then a hot air balloon ride in Snowmass Village is the perfect experience for you! Hot air balloon rides provide an incredible vantage point of Snowmass Village, Mount Daly, and the Elk Mountain Range. Rides depart soon after sunrise because the mountain winds are minimal and the surroundings are serene. However, our mornings can be a little chilly so make sure you dress in layers. You’ll travel up to 2,500 feet in the air and may land in several areas within Snowmass Village.

Following your float indulge in champagne and a brunch, finishing with a chocolate covered strawberry. Hot air balloon rides are an unforgettable experience to share with those you love. Let us know if we can help you arrange a hot air balloon ride for your upcoming vacation by contacting our concierge. 

Hooked on hot air balloons? Join the Snowmass Balloon Festival, this September 8th-10th, and witness the ski filled with colorful balloons. Find our more on our event page!

Lost Forest Zip Line in Snowmass, Colorado

The Lost Forest at Snowmass

Find wild adventure surrounded by wild beauty at Snowmass.

“The Lost Forest is designed to be intertwined with nature.”

Dive into even more adventure with the most recent enhancements and additions at Snowmass. The Lost Forest provides plenty of adventure and thrills, regardless of the weather. All of these new features will be easy to access via the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, where you’ll access activities at a mix of difficulties, geared towards fun for any visitors willing to give them a shot!

Head up to Elk Camp to get your mountain fix, with or without the snow!

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Alpine Coaster in Snowmass, Colorado

Alpine Coaster

Wind down Snowmass on a fun coaster car.  You’ll drop more than 400 vertical feet as you speed down the slopes during your 7-9 minute ride.

The Breathtaker is open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This exciting ride is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.

Click here to learn more.

Lost Forest challenge ropes course in Snowmass, Colorado

Challenge Course

40 feet in the air you will find a ropes course.

The course offers five different paths with five different difficulty levels.

Friends Hiking in Snowmass, Colorado


Grab your hiking boots and spend time in the mountains of Snowmass!

Stay on Snowmass Mountain or adventure to more trails in the Roaring Fork Valley.

A few of our favorites include:

Crater Lake Trail
Located at the base of the Maroon Bells, The Crater Lake Trail is a 3.8-mile hike from the Maroon Lake.  You’ll want to get an early start to avoid crowds and get one of the coveted parking spots.  If you don’t make it in time to drive, you’ll take a bus from Highlands Ski Area.

Ditch Trail
This easy trail is perfect for all levels and ages.  The 1.7-mile trail keeps you in Snowmass Village.  For a little extra hiking, take the Sky Cab Gondola from the Snowmass Base Village to the Snowmass Mall and hike the Nature Trail to the Ditch Trail.

Rim Trail
This intermediate hike is referred to in two sections, North Rim Trail and South Rim Trail.  The 7.6-mile trail has spectacular views of Snowmass Village and the Elk Range.  The Rim Trail South includes a connector to “Spiral Point” where there is a yin-and-yang platform looking to Capitol Peak and Old Snowmass Village.

Government Trail
A moderate/intermediate hike is suitable for hikers, bikers, and runners.  The 9.8 miles hike traverses both Buttermilk Ski Area and Snowmass Ski Area.  Have someone drop of you off at the Recreation Center on Maroon Creek Road and make your way back to Snowmass.

Contact the Snowmass Mountain Lodging Concierge for maps and information on hiking and other suggested trails.  Remember to wear sunscreen and bring water, snacks, and rain gear for any adventure in Colorado!

Maroon Bells in the Fall in Snowmass, Colorado

Maroon Bells Sightseeing Tour

The Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed peaks in North America.  Marvel at the surrounding beauty while you’re surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks.  One of the Maroon Bells most iconic views is the reflection of the peaks in the water of Maroon Lake.

Make the most of your time at the Maroon Bells by arriving early in the morning.  They only allow a limited number of cars to Maroon Lake until 8:00 am.  Enjoy the 3.7-mile round trip hike to Crater Lake and enjoy spectacular, up-close views of the famed Maroon Bells.

If you don’t make it early enough to park at the lake, free parking and shuttles are available from Highland Ski Area.

For the adventurous types, with the limited vehicle traffic, Maroon Creek Road is perfect for biking, hiking, and even rollerblading!

Recreational activities in Snowmass, Colorado

Rock Climbing

The 14-lane climbing wall is located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola next to the restaurant.

Great for beginners hoping to learn basic skills, as well as a place for experienced climbers to refine their skills.

The Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall is included in the Lost Forest Daily Admission.  Check-in at the Elk Camp Gondola Ticket Office prior to loading the gondola.

Friends playing paintball in Snowmass in the Summer


Meet at the Snowmass Base Village Plaza, outside the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center for an action-packed adventure on outdoor mountain paintball courses!

Transportation, safety equipment, supervision, and paintball guns will be provided.

Interested in booking Timber Territory Paintball for your private group?

Enjoy a unique experience on Snowmass.  All equipment and transportation are provided.  Private groups can be booked for 6 or more.  Group rate includes the first 10 players; additional players are $55 per person.
Private Group, minimum of 6 players: $650
Additional Participants: $55 (max group size is 35)
A case of 2000 Paintballs: $108

Climbing wall in the Limelight in Snowmass, Colorado

Indoor Climbing Wall

Located inside the Limelight is a five-story climbing wall, the tallest in the state, offers climbing for all abilities.  Whether you’re a beginner, or a seasoned climber looking for a winter climb, staff will be on hand to help with anything that you need.

Men playing frisbee in Snowmass

Snowmass Disc Golf

Snowmass Village is proud to boast two 36-hole mountain disc golf course. Different courses are designed every season to ensure a never-ending challenge on diverse mountain terrain with beautiful scenery and lots of elevation change. Course maps are available from the summer rangers at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. Hiking shoes and plenty of water are recommended. Golf discs are available for rent at Four-Mountain Sports in Snowmass Base Village. This activity is FREE, but a lift ticket is required for the Elk Camp Gondola.

Disc golf is available daily, mid-June through Labor Day.

Kids Hiking in Snowmass SUmmer

V.I.K. Snowmass Summer

At Snowmass, every child is a Very Important Kid (V.I.K.), both on and off the slopes. With programs custom-designed for every age group, from storytelling to sing-a-longs, bowling to pool parties, wildlife adventures to tubing; we’re building memories on and off the mountain.

Pint-sized superheroes need fuel too, so Snowmass restaurants offer special V.I.K. menus to tempt even the pickiest palate.

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