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Summer 2020 Favorites: Hikes, Activities, Evenings & IMBA Gold Trail Rides

Whether you’re a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is plenty for you, your family or tribe to do while visiting Snowmass. The volume of activities, hikes, bike rides and sites in Snowmass see can be overwhelming but we’ve narrowed down some of our favorites…


Tom Blake Trail – Tom Blake is a shaded bike, hike, and equestrian friendly trail that winds through some of the prettiest Aspen groves in the valley as its makes its way across Snowmass Ski Area. This trail is a fan favorite in the summer, be sure to stay aware and share the trail!

Government Trail – Government Trail is filled with short up- and downhill sections between forests, meadows, and streams all the way to Buttermilk.

Elk Camp – Arguably the best view in Snowmass, the top of the Elk Camp chairlift offers 360 degree alpine views that include the Maroon Bells. The perks of this hike? Variety! Start from Base Village and follow the Vista Trail to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola where you connect to Summit Trail that takes you to the top. Looking for something shorter? Opt to take the gondola to meet the Summit Trail for a shorter route. Even better? After taking in the view from the top, take the Elk Camp chairlift and/or gondola back to Base Village for a challenging ascent and forgiving descent. 

Snowmass Lake – If you backpack once this summer, make it to a location worth the hike. This 16-mile hike is best enjoyed with a picnic lunch and plenty of water in your pack. This longer hike is the best way to soak in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness’ largest (and perhaps most spectacular) alpine lake will alleviate any sore muscles.


Bike Rides:

Snowmass Bike Park – In Base Village, you can load your bike into the gondola at 8,432 feet, and then on Elk Camp Chairlift to start your ride at 11,325 feet with views of dramatic alpine scenery and 14,000-foot peaks. At almost three miles long, with 1,400 feet in elevation drop, Valhalla is chock-full of dipping berms, thrilling wall rides, and perfectly constructed jump features

Rim Trail – An oldie, but a goodie, Rim Trail climbs up to a ridge that offers true cross-country riding (think climbs and descents) through spruce and aspen groves, then high-desert scrub oak—all with expansive views of the valley. This trail can be shuttled from the trail head on upper divide road to wildcat reserve, or connects to Seven Star for the full Rim Trail Loop

Deadline – A downhill flow trail with generous in-sloped berms, rollers, table tops, drops and a couple doubles that can be gapped at speed is a must-ride.



Day 1 – Start the day with a hike up the Rim Trail to the yin-yang platform overlooking the splendor above Snowmass Village. Grab lunch on the Snowmass Mall, then take the Elk Camp Gondola up to Elk Camp for any number of activities, from climbing walls and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster of the Lost Forest to miles of hiking trails.

Day 2 –Sky Mountain Park offers the Roaring Fork Valley’s smoothest singletrack, rolling terrain, gradual grades and banked turns designed so riders can carry momentum with minimal peddling and braking. End your ride at the Snowmass Recreation Center, where the salt water pool beckons.

Day 3 – Spend the morning rafting the Roaring Fork River, enjoy lunch on the Snowmass Mall for dine-in or takeout on the new Fanny Hill picnic tables! Spend the afternoon hiking on some of Snowmass’ 80+ miles of trail. 



Tuesdays – Bonus bike nights stretch lift-served biking at the Snowmass Bike Park until dusk every Tuesday beginning at 3pm from June 30 to Aug. 11. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) 

Thursdays – New for the Summer 2020 season, Brews, Bands & Bingo! Wind your way from Snowmass Mall to Base Village for music, restaurant specials and entertainment, ending at The Collective in Base Village with $10 Bingo.

Saturdays- Pack your weekend with time around town for Social Saturdays followed by a uniquely Snowmass experience at Movies Under the Stars hosted outside The Collective in Base Village. Reservations can be made by emailing rsvp@thecollectivesnowmass.com

Picnic dinner and snacks are encouraged!


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