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Bird's-Eye View

BY Etta Meyer | October 31, 2018 | Feature Features

Aspen and the surrounding Elk Mountains are at their most breathtaking (and Instagrammable) when viewed from the sky. Here are three ways to soar like an eagle.
Floating 2,000 feet above the valley floor is an invigorating way to start the day.

Aspen Paragliding
Views: City of Aspen
Float 3,000 feet above Aspen in a tandem paraglide flight. Gliders fly with a certified professional who controls the wings; after a few quick steps, take off to ride the thermals to the valley below. $295, 426 S. Spring St., 970.925.6975, aspenparagliding.com

Above It All Hot Air Balloon
Views: Snowmass and the White River National Forest
Things one might see while peering over the balloon’s basket on a post-dawn flight: elk, deer, birds of prey, rugged mountains and spectacular homes. All flights are early in the morning to make the most of stable conditions (and perfect magic-hour light). $295, 2835 Brush Creek Road, 970.963.6148, aboveitallballoon.com

Roaring Fork Skydivers
Views: Mount Sopris
Glenwood Springs is home to one of Colorado’s best skydiving facilities. After making the jump over 9,000 times, owner Jeremy Divan has the credentials you want when you’re hopping out of a flying airplane. Tandem flights and options for those who are more experienced are all available. $259, 1172 Airport Center Road, 970.364.3737, roaringforkskydivers.com

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