How do you get from the heart of Aspen to the 11,000-foot summit of Aspen Mountain in less than 20 minutes? Hop aboard the Silver Queen Gondola.
In the winter, visitors ride to the top to ski Aspen Mountain, (also known as Ajax) or do some snowshoeing at Richmond Ridge. When the snow melts and summer heats up, there are a number of free outdoor activities including hiking, guided nature walks, kids’ games and Sunday concerts. It’s also home to the highest disc golf course in North America. Whatever the season, the view of the Elk Mountain Range is worth having a camera handy.
Plan on a half day to a full day, depending on how much exploring you have in mind. You can pack a picnic or buy food on the mountain.
There is no minimum age, and the ride takes 18 minutes. Children ages 3 and under are free. Hours of operation vary with the season.