Hiking in Aspen Snowmass is, by far, the most popular activity for visitors of any age to the area when the snow melts. With more than 80 miles of trails leaving right from Snowmass Village, hikers don't have to travel far to access the backcountry.
There are big hikes with big views, best suited to hikers with stamina who are comfortable at altitude, as well as plenty of kid-friendly hikes for families of any age. There are great hikes you can do in under two hours, and there are trails that your doggie companions will love. There are good trails with no bike traffic so you can let your guard down, and there are trails that connect all the way to Crested Butte if you want a multi-day adventure.
Rolling hills, wildflower choked meadows, dense aspen groves, and gargantuan views can all be had in a single hike in Aspen Snowmass. Wildlife abounds - it is not uncommon to come across grazing elk or mule deer, foxes, or even a moose, and butterflies are everywhere. Remember to keep a respectful distance and leave no trace of your presence.
Getting to the many nearby trailheads is relatively simple, and there is ample free parking in Snowmass Village. Local shops offer any gear you might need or want, and can be a great resource for your questions. Organizations like the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offer guided opportunities, including free daily hikes.
For more information on local trails and hikes in the Aspen Snowmass area, visit Aspen Trail Finder.
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