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Top 5 Fall Activities Around Aspen

Fall is a magical time of the year in the mountains, and a perfect time to come to Aspen for a weekend or week-long escape. Aspen lodging deals abound, the weather is beautiful and there is lots to do! Check out this fall bucket list of special fall activities in Aspen happening now!

1.Take a Guided Hike

Fall hiking is in its glory in September and October, as aspen leaves turn to vibrant gold and cooler temperatures encourage long walks in the woods. For a memorable and educational take on this favorite fall activity, hire an Naturalist to guide you on your fall journey. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies can provide an expert Naturalist guide for a fee. Customize anything from a family-friendly adventure exploring Beaver, Birds of Prey or Bear at the ecology-rich Hallam Lake, to a challenging half or full day hike on the beloved American Lake Trail or Lost Man Loop. All of the destinations offer an unrivaled look at Aspen’s incredible plant and wildlife diversity with educational annotation from one of ACES’ expert local guides. Learn More

2. Bike Maroon Creek Trail

One of the most iconic road rides in Colorado, the Maroon Creek Trail presents unparalleled views of Aspen’s famous Maroon Bells in the foreground. This access road is closed to motor vehicles, and the public bus service that runs through the summer comes to an end in early October. That means that cyclists have the access road all to themselves (as long as weather permits). Prime leaf season will linger for a few more weeks, enhanced by an early-season dusting of snow along the peaks. A perfect fall biking experience with stellar colorful views awaits on this classic Aspen ride! Learn More

3. Take in a Show at Belly Up Aspen

Belly Up Aspen is well known as a forerunner in the local music scene. This venue brings in incredible talent all year, notwithstanding the off-seasons! Look forward to amazing live music from concert greats such as MarchFourth and Ghostland Observatory (September), and The Glitch Mob and Tech N9ne (October). Multiple weekly concerts populate this jam-packed live music calendar. Did you know Belly Up Aspen is also a favorite spot to watch your favorite NFL teams? Swing by to watch Sunday and Monday night football in one of the liveliest football bars in town. Learn More

4. Peruse Local Art at Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum, a respected center for modern art in the mountains, has a long-standing tradition that encourages community involvement while cultivating a love for modern art. In fact, free, drop-in spotlight tours are led by museum staff every Wednesday and Saturday at 1pm. Want to bring the kids? Check out the monthly drop-in Family Workshops, designed to provide children and adults free opportunities to explore the galleries and create works of art of their own. Learn More

5. Attend the 39th Annual Aspen Filmfest

The Aspen Filmfest screens documentaries, independent films and foreign language films in true mountain film festival style. Filmmakers are on hand to lead discussions and shed light on the making of this diverse selection of films that is sure to delight autumn film buffs. For a full schedule, ticket information and film descriptions visit aspenfilm.org.