Summer arrives with a sweet equilibrium here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Warm days on the trail are followed by cool evening strolls. Extended hours of sunshine are complimented with refreshing evening glows over the silhouettes of the peaks.
The season’s energy is enriched by the people with which your experiences are shared. Students are home from college and grandparents are ready for a reunion. Here are a handful of spectacular ways to celebrate the summer season with the entire family from morning to night.
After an easy mountain bike ride or hike, it’s time to stretch it out. Join Aspen Yoga Society and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies for outdoor yoga classes all summer long. The 75-minute sessions are taught adjacent to Hallam Lake and are open to all levels of yoga experience. Bring your mat and be ready to unwind with asanas and yoga philosophy.
Tuesdays, July 12-August 16, 5:15 p.m.
Save the iPhone app for later and learn about the constellations from the experts. Dive into awe-inspiring discussions about the life-cycle of stars, meteor showers, and the phases of the moon. Stargazing is accompanied by sweet treats and drinks provided by The Little Nell.
Appointments by request
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Summer Opener
The illustration of human emotion through movement will never cease to amaze an audience. This summer, watch the world premiere of a contemporary ballet choreographed by Bryan Arias, which will intertwine jazz, multi-media, and rhythms, offered by Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet.
July 7, 8:30 p.m.
Grab the picnic blankets and fill the basket with a picnic: it’s time for an open-air bluegrass show. Each Sunday at the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain, top-notch musicians from around Colorado step onto the stage for an afternoon performance that fills the Rockies with sweet, heel-tapping melodies.
June 17-September 2, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Immerse yourself in an epic musical narrative on stage: Ragtime, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow is one of the performances offered through Theatre Aspen this summer. The swirl of characters includes an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant, and a Harlem musician. The trio shapes the story of a cultural shift in New York in the 1900s.
June 23-July 16; August 6-August 18th
Ride the rapids of the Colorado River followed by a relaxing float through the incredible walls of Glenwood Canyon. Led by Blazing Adventures, this whitewater rafting trip delivers a splash—expect up to Class III rapids—and stunning scenery. Not excited about the rapids? You’re welcome to join post rapids for the portion with the scenic float.
Morning trip, half-day
From stargazing to white water rafting, you’ll find that Aspen has activities to keep your whole family entertained and happy during your trip.