Aspen, Colorado Activities

Feel like enjoying the great outdoors? Hiking is a great way to get outside and explore the scenic terrain of Aspen and Snowmass without needing a lot of equipment or extra items. If you feel like hiking near Aspen on your next vacation, you’re in luck: there are an abundance of trails to choose from around Hotel Lenado and the nearby town of Snowmass!

Grottos Trail is one of the most popular hikes around Aspen. It begins at the Grotto Day Use Area off of Independence Pass, where you can enjoy a beautiful waterfall and other natural wonders like rock formations and an ice cave. There are several short trails here of different lengths for you to explore. Their difficulties are different, too, but they’re still easy enough for most people to enjoy!

The Rio Grande trail is even closer: it begins in town, just a few blocks down the street from Hotel Lenado! This paved and unpaved trail is good for a walk or bike ride. The official trail goes for about 18 miles, but by following the old railroad bend it follows, in theory you could get all the way to Glenwood Springs.

For a greater challenge that’s still within range of other Aspen day hikes, there’s the Ute Trail: a difficult, but pretty route on the town’s southeast side. At less than a mile but with more than 2,500 feet in elevation, a good set of boots are recommended! Cathedral Lakes is a more strenuous option that can still be achieved in a day.

We hope you make hiking one of your new favorite Aspen summer activities the next time you visit!

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