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Top 5 Things to Cross Off Your Bucket List in Aspen

BY The Editors | September 13, 2016 | Feature Features

With beautiful weather, smaller crowds and copious events, autumn is one of the finest times to experience the mountains. As a world-class, year-round destination, Aspen elevates fall far beyond mere leaf-peeping. Get the most out of this fall season in Aspen and see how many items you can check off of your fall bucket list.
Roaring Fork Skydivers offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

1. Go Skydiving with the Roaring Fork Skydivers
What an exhilarating rush to see the world as a bird does, to fly in the sky. Roaring Fork Skydivers is one of Colorado’s finest skydiving facilities. Located in beautiful Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork Skydivers offers tandem skydiving, training and experienced skydiving. With an outstanding safety record and a fun professional staff, this is the experience of a lifetime.

2. Stay at the Five-Star Little Nell Hotel
The Little Nell is a year-round destination hotel with 92 luxe guest rooms located at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell is also the town’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel. Other than an unparalleled location, what makes The Little Nell special? From the delicious, local food in its award-winning restaurants to complimentary ski concierge services, whether you are enjoying the slopes, art and music festivals, fly fishing, hiking, biking, or simply relaxing, The Little Nell is your cosmopolitan yet intimate hotel.

3. Hike the Classic Four-Pass Loop
This classic 26.4-mile backpacking circuit around the spectacular Maroon Bells climbs four 12,000-foot passes and travels through some of the finest scenery in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The popular route through the rugged high peaks of the Elk Mountains traverses gorgeous meadows of wildflowers, beautiful alpine lakes and scenic forests. Typically it takes three to four days to complete. The trip can be extended with side trips to Geneva Lake and Willow Pass at a more leisurely pace to allow time for exploration and relaxation amid breathtaking scenery.

4. Ski Highlands Bowl

One of the most well-known hikes in town is up to Highlands Bowl. The Highlands Bowl is considered the crown jewel of Aspen, with expert-only terrain accessible on foot, or with the help of a snowcat, which assists only part of the way. The recommended amount of time to get to the top is about one hour.

5. Overnight Horse-Pack Trip 

For those of you looking for a real wilderness adventure, this trip is for you! Choose from overnight to multi-day pack trips to a secluded base camp, or travel across the wilderness, moving camp every day. Whichever you choose, you're sure to see a plethora of wildlife, picture-perfect scenery and jaw-dropping views. Leave the cooking and camp chores to the outfitter.

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