What’s the best time to visit Aspen?

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Winter is the time for skiers and snowboarders to visit Aspen — that much is obvious. But what isn’t as commonly known is that Aspen probably has more to offer in the summer months, in terms of activities and happenings, than it does in the winter. You can hike, bike, go white-water rafting, Jeeping and even zipline through Independence Pass, and the mild climate and sunny weather make it one of the best places to be when it’s hotter at lower elevations. Fall is also a wonderful time of year to plan your trip, when fall foliage and beautiful weather take the scenery to another level. It’s also important to note that fall is considered “off season,” when some of the best deals for lodging can be found around town.

Aspen is a great place to visit year-round. In the winter, it offers all the winter sports action you could ever want, while the summer offers a unique blend of outdoor adventure with a plethora of cultural activities. The less busy off-seasons of fall and spring offer lower hotel rates, restaurant specials and a unique time to enjoy Aspen crowd-free. Fall also offers incredible colors as the Aspen trees turn golden. There is no bad time to visit town.

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As a seasonal resort community, it is difficult to say. Winter is recreational and lots of fun and the early fall colors are magnificent, but the summer here is considered the ultimate season. And I have to agree — the summertime is close to perfect. The temperature is from 70 degrees to mid-80s with low humidity; sometimes there is a late afternoon shower and the evenings are cool.

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