6 Reasons to Visit Snowmass in the Summer

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

We stayed in Snowmass for the first time this June while covering the Mammoth Festival. The most surprising aspect of the visit was the feeling of relaxation that both my husband and I experienced on this trip. And while it is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do.

Enjoying biking, but not uphill? You can make that happen in Snowmass. Many cycling shops will transport you and your bike to Aspen where you can get on the Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek (about 10 miles). Once at Woody Creek you can take Brush Creek Trail uphill to Snowmass or get a ride via taxi or arrange bike shop transport.   

[Photo: Courtesy of Snowmass Tourism]

Visitors can raft in Snowmass from May through October, and there are a variety of rivers on which to play. You can get out on the rivers by raft, kayak or even a paddle board. We rafted with Blazing Adventures. They leave daily from Snowmass Village, so again, you don’t have to get in your car to get on the river.

[The Rim Loop Trail above Snowmass, Photo: Heidi Schlaefer]

The best part about hiking in Snowmass is that if you stay in the village there are multiple trails right outside your condo’s front door. We stayed at Timberline Condominiums, hiked every day and didn’t get into our car once. For those who like to hike back country, Snowmass is surrounded by 2.3 million acres of White River National Forest.

[Photo: Courtesy of Snowmass Tourism]


The 42-year-old Snowmass Rodeo runs June 10 through August 19, 2015 and is the perfect way to spend an evening with the family. Every Wednesday night the horses are wrangled into the rodeo grounds from their field above Town Park. The evening starts with a barbeque at 5 p.m. and the rodeo gets underway at 7 p.m.


The Snowmass summer lineup of festivals is long and diverse. From music to golf to wine, there’s always something happening in Snowmass. Check out the entire list of events at GoSnowmass.com.


Once you’ve hiked and biked to your heart’s content, it’s time for a comfy patio chair and a good book. Enjoy your quiet read while hummingbirds flit overhead. 

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado festival and travel stories. 

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Heidi Kerr-SchlaeferHeidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of HeidiTown, the place for entertaining festival and travel stories. As the “Mayor” of HeidiTown and a freelance writer, Heidi travels the Rocky Mountain States and beyond in order to introduce her readers/citizens to the amazing adventures that are just a road trip away. ‚Äč 

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