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With summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to get those Colorado summer road trip plans underway. When you’re looking for a beautiful and inviting destination filled with access to fun, there’s no better place to set your travel sights than Snowmass, Colorado. Whether you’re one for the great outdoors or you can’t wait to dine your way through a stay in style, the following will help you plan an early summer road trip to Snowmass that you won’t soon forget!

Enjoy Hiking Adventures with the Entire Family

With warmer temperatures on your side, and no snow to contend with in the early summer season, visitors who make Snowmass their road trip destination and have a passion for hitting the trails will be in luck. During this time of year, outdoor adventurers will find that they can likely swap snowshoes for hiking boots and enjoy trekking afternoons away in summertime style during their stay. Whether you’re in town as a couple or visiting with the entire family, making the most of the new blooms popping up on mountain trails is worth your time. Enjoy a leisurely hike or make it a challenging adventure because in Snowmass, there’s options to embrace the best of it all! When a slower approach to enjoying the terrain is a priority, the East Brush Creek Nature Trail is a must. This route is easy to access as it’s located along Highline Road and the Snowmass Club Golf Course. It’s a dog-friendly route as well that makes for a great place to hike with family and friends.

If you’re looking to improve your chances of enjoying views of wildflowers and mountain peak, picking Ditch Trail for your adventures is always a good idea. This route is just under 2-miles out and back and takes hikers into a beautiful aspen grove forest. It’s a great option for hikers of all ages and skill levels and provides breathtaking views of Mt. Daly as well as a good chance of spotting some wildlife along the way.

Those seeking a scenic early summer route will want to be sure to hit up Rim Trail South. While this pathway is more suitable for those willing to take on a bit more elevation, the scenery from the top is worth the extra effort. Rim Trail South offers up views of Snowmass Village from above. Be sure to have your camera ready for this route as its one you’ll want to look back on long after you’ve returned home.

Make the Most of Mountain Biking

For those Colorado summer road trip adventurers with sights set on Snowmass looking to increase the pace of their adventure a bit, mountain biking is a popular activity to try this time of year. Head over to the Snowmass Bike Park while you’re in town which enjoys easy lift access thanks to the Elk Camp Gondola. This area hosts over 50-miles of trails to enjoy that can be customized according to skill level. Vapor Trail offers over two and a half miles for mountain bikers looking to embrace rugged freeride terrain. Animal Crackers is a must for those looking for a technically challenging trail while French Press can be split into sections that make it a good choice for a more versatile range of riders. Whatever trail you choose, count on enjoying spectacular views to match the adrenaline-pumping fun!

Experience Whitewater Rafting

Making your way to Snowmass in the early summer puts travelers in great proximity to the Upper Roaring Fork in Aspen. When the weather is right in the summer, it’s a great opportunity to book a whitewater rafting adventure with the professionals at Blazing Adventures Snowmass. This team is happy to help guests reserve their half-day experience on the water alongside a knowledgeable guide. These trips can be customized for beginners and advanced rafters alike as this waterway pairs dynamic rapids with mellow floats as well. Snacks and drinks are included in the cost of the experience as well!

Savor Area Restaurants

No matter when you arrive in the Snowmass area, making the most of savory dining stops is a treat. A Colorado summer road trip to Snowmass is no exception to the rule! No matter what you have on your itinerary for each day of your stay, be sure to fuel up in style or re-fuel after a day of fun with palate-pleasing moments that are well-deserved. Places like Slow Groovin’ BBQ and Zane’s Tavern are tantalizing stops after a day of exploration. For those looking to incorporate a bit of fun and friendly competition into their dining experience as well, head over to Snowmass Lanes and Lounge.

Try a Hot Air Balloon Ride

As the snow melts away and nature comes to life in colorful style, early summer in Snowmass is a great time to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Booking a trip with Above it All Balloon ensures a bird’s eye view on the early summer terrain and an experience you surely won’t forget. Many of these rides are booked for early mornings to incorporate the sunrise and start your day in incredible style.

Book Your Snowmass Adventure Today

Adventure in Snowmass is calling, so what are you waiting for? Reach out to Timberline today to learn more about our beautiful area vacation rentals and how we can help you start planning your next Snowmass getaway!