7 Activities Not to Miss in Aspen This Memorial Day Weekend

| May 26, 2016 | Lifestyle

From skiing to whitewater rafting to free movies at the Art Museum, Aspen has fun activities for everyone this Memorial Day Weekend.

Get Outdoors and See the Sights


The road to Maroon Bells has officially reopened for the summer, making it the perfect time to cross a trip to the iconic mountains off your bucket list. Explore the staggering twin peaks by grabbing some friends and family for a picnic or go for a hike up to Crater Lake. Weather conditions permitting, Independence Pass is also set to reopen just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Take a drive up this scenic route that meanders along the river and up to the Continental Divide. While making your way up the pass, don't forget to stop and check out the Grottos, a favorite local spot known for its waterfalls and ice caves.

See Movies at the Aspen Art Museum

This season, the Aspen Art Museum’s Movies at the Museum program presents films that complement Mickalene Thomas’s exhibition Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. This month, the museum presents What Happened, Miss Simone? on May 27, charting the life of classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon, and legendary recording artist Nina Simone. The movie begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 637 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-8050

Get onto the Slopes for Spring Skiing


Aspen Skiing Co. announced that it would extend the 2015-16 season for at least one more weekend. Over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, about 120 acres of terrain will be available off the Ajax Express chair from 9 a.m.-2 pm, with uploading and downloading until 4 pm via the Silver Queen Gondola.

List to Can’t-Miss Music at Belly Up

Recreating the look, sound, and attitude of Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction is the ultimate cover band experience with more than 20 years of practice. The quartet will appear on May 28 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 surcharge for under 21). Then on May 29, Atlanta rapper B.o.B. will take the stage. B.o.B. is one of the most unique and eccentric musical artists to emerge in the 2010s, often drawing comparisons to OutKast (specifically that group's offbeat half, André 3000). Tickets are $15 ($5 surcharge for under 21). Show starts at 9 p.m. 450 S. Galena St., 970-544-9800

Go Golfing at Aspen Golf Club


Located two miles from downtown Aspen, the Aspen Golf Club provides a challenging 18-hole course set in the heart of the Rockies. This public, championship course is complete with a PGA award-winning golf shop, a state-of-the-art golf academy with practice area, full service restaurant, and full-service locker rooms. 39551 Highway 82, 970-429-1949

Take Advantage of Secret Season Lodging Deals

Aspen is even more accessible as a mountain getaway during the Secret Season—from mid-May through mid-June when spring bursts into summer—with rates starting as low as $109/night and savings up to 40 percent exclusively for Colorado residents. To redeem these offers, a Colorado resident photo ID must be presented upon check-in at hotels like The Little Nell and The St. Regis Aspen Resort.

Hit the Raging Rapids


From mild floats to wild class-IV rapids, springtime is the ideal time to hit the rivers and float. Trips are designed for families with children as well as adrenaline junkies on various stretches of the Roaring Fork Rivers.

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