5 Ultimate Aspen Adventures to add to your Bucket List

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Located in the heart of the White River National Forest in Colorado, Aspen is a mountain playground like no other. Known best as a world-renowned ski destination, the historical city offers everything from adventure sports to attractions and entertainment. With a wide range of events and festivals on offer and some of the best bars in Colorado, there’s an experience for everyone waiting in Aspen. The city is lucky enough to receive more than 300 days of sunshine each year, making Aspen the ultimate destination for outdoor adventure lovers. Check out Rad’s top five Aspen adventures to add to your bucket list. 

ASPEN WHITEWATER RAFTING

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Create your next unforgettable adventure whitewater rafting in Aspen! Nobody does whitewater river rafting in the Aspen, Snowmass and Arkansas River Valley Areas better than Aspen Whitewater Rafting. With an abundance of snow this winter, rafting in summer will be nothing short of amazing.

Trips range from mild to adventurous and wild; as well as inflatable kayak trips for the perfect wake up call or those rafting for the first time. Experienced river guides will ensure each guest has a fun, safe and exciting day on the river. 

ASPEN PARAGLIDING

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The simplest and purest form of aviation and the ultimate way to see Aspen from above is paragliding. Tandem flights operate off Aspen and Snowmass Mountains during the summer, winter and fall, offering the ultimate view of the snow-capped city. Using a non-powered, inflated parachute, the passenger is attached to a professional pilot, who manoeuvres through the air at up to 18,000 feet; with complete freedom above the picturesque landscape.

Aspen Paragliding offers the finest tandem pilots in the country and uses the most advanced equipment to ensure all passengers have a safe and unforgettable adventure. The entire experience lasts approximately two hours but the memories will last a lifetime! 

ABOVE IT ALL HOT AIR BALLOONING 

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Float effortlessly over the stunning rocky mountains with Colorado’s premium hot air balloon adventure. The unique birds-eye experience offers flights over the Elk Mountain Range in the Snowmass and Aspen area during the sunrise. The adventure continues upon descent with a champagne brunch including mimosas and a range of fresh fruits and pastries.

Whether you book a private flight or share the experience with new friends, ballooning the ‘rockies’ with Above It All offers the ultimate unforgettable experience of Aspen. 

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Photo credit: Blazing Adventures

Surf the Rockies Colorado style with the hottest new water sport. Blazing Adventures offers stand up paddle boarding trips, among many other exciting outdoor adventures. Paddling through the majestic Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River, the trip offers a great work out in some of the most scenic stretches in Colorado.

Trips are offered from mid-tune until the end of the summer and include a riverside lunch. Stand up paddle boarding on the Colorado River is the perfect adventure for anyone looking for a thrilling experience. 

ASPEN FLY FISHING

Photo credit: Aspen Fly Fishing

Once famous for gold, the Colorado River is now a gold mine for fly fishing. The river stretching 1,450 miles, offers one of the many ideal fly fishing destinations in Colorado. Loaded with rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, Colorado is the holy grail for serious fly fishermen (and women).

Aspen Fly Fishing offers a range of trips including wade and float trips as well as fishing trips for kids. Guided river wading trips and float day trips are available for both full and half day trips. Experiences are perfect for visitors of all abilities, book your Aspen fly fishing adventure today! 

Read more about fly fishing in Colorado and Aspen vs. Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin)

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Katarina Cvetko

Katarina is an international journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia with a strong passion for music festivals. Since her first solo adventure in 2015, Katarina has travelled to over 30 countries in 5 continents and has attended over 100 music festivals worldwide. After conquering a bucket list journey of 52 music festivals in 52 weeks in 2018, Katarina continues to live a digital nomad lifestyle, travelling to festivals in a different country every week and sharing her experiences on social media.

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