Tucked high into the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Snowmass is renowned as one of the best ski resorts in the world, and now its summers are garnering a reputation to match. This mountain town, nestled amidst some of the most spectacular vistas in Colorado offers a wealth of culture, summer adventure, and alpine mountain charm. The best of the west can be found in Snowmass, whether visitors are seeking the serenity of award-winning fly-fishing rivers, a taste of cowboy culture at the weekly rodeo, or the heart-pumping adrenaline of a mountain adventure. More than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, an 18-hole Jim Engh-designed golf course, two 18-hole disc golf courses, and a renowned arts center provide countless ways to while away the summer hours. A vibrant event schedule encompasses every taste, from a weekly music series that draws national acts and thousands to town for sunset concerts, to culinary, arts, and athletic festivals. Just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass brims with unmatched natural splendor—and myriad ways to enjoy it.
Snowmass is just minutes away from the most convenient airport of any mountain resort. No mountain resort has more air access within 100 miles than Aspen/Snowmass. It is a fifteen-minute transfer from Aspen Airport to Snowmass Village, and virtually all properties have complimentary airport transportation or an airport program, offering vouchers or cash to use with our taxi service. The airport is served by United and American, with United operating daily scheduled service from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Denver. Free transportation exists throughout Snowmass Village and to and from downtown Aspen.
Finding something to do in Snowmass, Colorado is never hard, although choosing between so many great options can be. You’ll want to come back year after year—that’s a given. But the unending activities, unmatched beauty of the fall, winter, summer and spring, options for all ages, and easy access to it all will have you coming back season after season, too.
The long summer days in Snowmass provide the perfect setting for packing in multiple activities. Ride the rapids of the Roaring Fork River or enjoy the legendary fishing from its banks. Heed the call of the surrounding Maroon Bells and go for a hike, or ride over 50 miles of scenic single track. A day that starts on horseback can just as easily end at the weekly rodeo.
Celebrating 41 years, the exciting and authentic Snowmass Rodeo is the longest running rodeo in Colorado. This authentic event takes place every Wednesday evening throughout the summer through mid-August. Guests will experience a night of wholesome family entertainment and see a real rodeo. Watch saddle bronc and bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and more. Children can participate in the Calf Scramble and Mutton Busting. Enjoy a terrific BBQ dinner or something from the full bar. Vendors offer a variety of shopping and entertainment as well. After the rodeo, a campfire, sing-a-long and marshmallow roast complete a perfect Colorado evening. It is Western Wednesday in Snowmass rain or shine!
After an exciting evening at the rodeo on Wednesday, the free Thursday Night Concert Series on Fanny Hill is an ideal way to unwind and relax with breathtaking views and acclaimed artists. Beginning June 19th and continuing every Thursday throughout the summer, this community event invites families and friends to picnic on the lawn while enjoying music of all genres as a part of The Snowmass Summer of Free Music Series produced by JAS Aspen Snowmass. Kids can romp through the Kids’ Zone complete with a bouncy house, face painting, hula hooping, and more.
For the beer lover, Snowmass Mammoth Fest, formerly the Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest, kicks off the summer season in Snowmass for the 11th year! Three days of music, brews and chili in Snowmass Village makes this event an annual highlight for locals and visitors alike. Featuring on-site camping, late night shows, national touring bands, a grand beer tasting with over 25 microbreweries, and the International Chili Society (ICS) tasting.
If three days of music and chili doesn’t leave you satisfied, choose from over 30 eateries in Snowmass Village ranging from quick bites and coffee houses to elegant slope-side ambiance and late night bars and lounges. The dining options in Snowmass are infused with a well-traveled perspective. European, Cajun, Japanese, Italian, Pan Asian, and Mexican flavors—to name a few—grace plates throughout the Village.
Just as enticing as the variety is the convenience. Your next meal is never longer than a short walk away. Families will favor the unique settings and inviting atmospheres of many nearby restaurants while those looking for a romantic evening out can find themselves enjoying handcrafted cocktails and farm-to-table cuisine at a variety of venues.
For such a small town, Snowmass Village’s list of things to do is impressive and for the adventure-seekers and culturally-inclined, as inviting as it gets. Snowmass isn’t just one reason to play hooky and head to the mountains, it’s hundreds of reasons. That’s the beauty of Snowmass.