Snowmass, Colorado is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the country. With picturesque views in the summer and fall, and some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the winter and spring, Snowmass is a well sought-after escape. You might think a journey to Snowmass would be pretty costly, but that’s not the case! Take a look how you can have a fun yet affordable vacation with these cheap Snowmass things to do.
Day 1: Scenic Hiking Around Snowmass
Snowmass Village is nestled in the Brush Creek Valley and is surrounded by more than 90 miles of mountain hiking trails that offer endless options to explore the scenic views and plant life. The best part of the extensive beauty around Snowmass is that you can enjoy all of it for free. We suggest that you connect with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to schedule a guided tour. There are multiple different walks depending on what you want to observe, but the Nature Trail and Ice Age Discovery Hike offer the best insights into the local flora and fossils that were recently found in the area. These two hikes are both free, and each are about one and half miles in length and take about an hour and a half.
We also recommend taking some environmental tours while you are out and about in Snowmass.
Day 2: Local Museums
Snowmass and Aspen both have a beautiful collection of art and history museums, many of which have little to no entry fees, making them great activities for cheap Colorado vacations. The Aspen Art Museum is an amazing collection of international contemporary art that should be your first stop to enjoy. This non-collecting institution presents the newest and most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Since the museum is a non-collecting institution, you know that it will feature different exhibits every time you go. Next, take a look at more local history with the Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum. This facility hosts various exhibits and maintains archives of Aspen’s interesting history and pre-settlement past.
Day 3: Lost Forest Adventure Center
Lost Forest Adventure Center is the perfect place to spend a day and feel like a kid again. This adventure park features many different activities to enjoy. Along with their rock wall, Lost Forest also features a rope challenge course, perfect for those who don’t fear heights (or even those looking to conquer their fear of heights). The crown jewel of the Lost Forest is the Alpine Coaster. Riders control the hand brakes as they fly down the gravity slide at their own speed. The views from the coaster are breathtaking, so make sure that you go through at least twice: once to set your speed record, and once to enjoy the views! Lost Forest is a bit on the pricier side of the activities on this list, but we still included it due to its value. Even though you will pay per person, Lost Forest has plenty of activities that are well worth a whole day of fun.
Day 4: Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Jazz Aspen Snowmass, or JAS for short, is a group that dedicates its time and effort to performing and preserving the jazz music genre and the associated culture. This not-for-profit organization puts on many events and performances throughout the year from artists both big and small. A look at their lineup list shows many easily recognizable names, both nationally and internationally known stars as well as local groups and student bands. Throughout the summer season, JAS is a great destination for music lovers and anyone looking for fun Snowmass things to do. Since their aim is to preserve jazz music, there are events that are low cost or even free. This is a great way to expand your musical taste while saving a few bucks.
Day 5: Aspen Saturday Market
If you are going to be staying in Snowmass over the weekend, we highly recommend checking out the Aspen Saturday Market. Visitors to the market can sample the freshest Colorado produce and farm-to-table foods on the streets of downtown Aspen every Saturday until mid-October. All vendors are local and produce some of the most delicious foods in all of Colorado. Frequently, there will be live bands and a family-friendly atmosphere that is purely Colorado. The market has been modified slightly due to COVID restrictions, but the outdoor nature of the event makes it one of the safest ways to enjoy the beauty of Snowmass. The Aspen Saturday Market has no cost to get in, and there is no obligation to purchase anything. With a wide variety of different vendors, you can enjoy your cheap Colorado vacations without breaking the bank!
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