The Activities Committee of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair is once again pleased to offer a host of fun and interesting activities for our college admissions officers to get a taste of Colorado. As usual, all activities are complimentary for college admissions officers and offered at discounted rates to guests. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all reservation requests.
An exciting array of activities is described below. Online registration is OPEN! Please register by Monday, September 26th, as certain outings require reservations, some fill up quickly and reservations will be honored on a space available basis.
Get your shoes, get your sunglasses, and get excited!
Excursion to the Maroon Bells Crater Lake – a Favorite! (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Hike to the foot of the Maroon Bells where you will witness the postcard-perfect beauty of our Rocky Mountains and enjoy a picnic lunch. This easy-to-moderate hike will take you from Maroon Lake up to Crater Lake and back on a 2-hour/3-mile round trip. Hikers will meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. for the scenic 25-minute drive up to the trailhead. (Sneakers will suffice; light jacket is recommended. Water and lunch will be provided.)
NEW! Alternative Hike (more challenging) – Up for a challenge? Opt for another hike to explore more challenging trails in Aspen. Three-hour round trip hike on more vigorous terrain. If there is interest, we have the guides. Hikers will meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. for the scenic drive up to the trailhead. (Sneakers will suffice; light jacket is recommended. Water and lunch will be provided.)
NEW! Smuggler Mine Tour (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Explore one of the most famous and most productive mines from Aspen’s silver boom era. On this guided tour you will enter the mine itself and see firsthand the difficulties of rock mining in the late 19th century. Meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m. for a 9-10:30 a.m. mine tour. Bring a light jacket.
Horseback Riding – Round #1 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Take in the fall colors and stunning mountain scenery from the saddle as you wander by horseback for 90 minutes on local trails. Group will leave from Aspen Square Hotel at 11 a.m. All levels are welcome. Please include height and weight when registering in order to match riders with horses. Return at 3:00 p.m.
Golf (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Bring your clubs and tee up at the Snowmass Club Golf Course, one of the most scenic courses in our valley. Rental clubs are available for those of you who prefer to travel lightly. Group will leave the Aspen Square Hotel at 8:00 a.m.
Aspen Saturday Market Before or after your other activities, be sure to stroll along Hopkins and Hyman Avenues between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., where the Saturday Market boasts delicious fresh-from-the-farm produce, specialty food items and handcrafted merchandise.
Whitewater Rafting (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Join your fellow college admissions officers for a Colorado river adventure. On this fun-filled trip, rafting experts from Blazing Adventures will guide guests down the exhilarating (at times) and scenic Shoshone River. The rafting portion of the trip will last 2½ hours. Guides will collect rafters from the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 11 a.m. and return them by 4:00-4:30 p.m. NOTE: Given the unpredictable weather of this time of year, rafting is an activity that may be cancelled with short notice. Wetsuits will be provided.
NEW! Float Stillwater – (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – A tranquil float through the North Star Nature Preserve. 1 ½ hour canoe ride with water and snacks provided. Life preservers will be provided. Weather permitting. Meet at the Aspen Square Lobby at 1 p.m. with an anticipated return time of 3 p.m.
Fly-Fishing (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – In an area known for its Gold Medal waters, a guided fly fishing trip is a perfect way to make your time in Aspen special. Take a late afternoon wade on the river, where waters run clear and fish are plentiful. Guide will meet group at Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m. with an anticipated return time of 4:30-5:00 p.m. Water and lunch will be provided.
The Aspen Art Museum Tour – Visit our town’s most spectacular new building, designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban to house some of the newest evolutions in international contemporary art. Meet in the Aspen Square Hotel Lobby at 12:30 p.m. to take a museum guided tour. Don’t miss the hidden gem the SO Café upstairs for lunch.
NEW! Watercolor Class – (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Get in touch with your artistic side! Learn the art of watercolor with professional instruction. Two still life options to choose from. Materials provided. Meet at 2 p.m. at Aspen High School for a 2-hour class.
Aspen Saturday Market – Before or after your other activities, be sure to stroll along Hopkins and Hyman Avenues between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, where the Saturday Market boasts delicious fresh-from-the-farm produce, specialty food items and handcrafted merchandise.
SUNDAY AFTER THE FAIR
Horseback Riding – Round #2 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – If Saturday’s ride doesn’t work with your schedule, then take this opportunity to unwind – on a saddle – after the College Fair on Sunday. Transportation from the high school will be available after the College Fair at 2:30 p.m. Participants with their own vehicles are asked to be at the stables by 3:15 p.m. The stables are 45 minutes from Aspen on your way out of town if you prefer to drive yourself. If you take our shuttle, we will return to Aspen by 6:00 p.m. to the school or your hotel. All levels are welcome. Please include height and weight when registering in order to match riders with horses.
Bus Ride up to the Bells (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – The most photographed mountains in North America are right up the road from Aspen High School. If you missed Saturday’s hike, take advantage of this opportunity to drive up after the College Fair for a quick glimpse (and maybe a photo or ten) of the Maroon Bells’ majestic beauty. Meet at the silver skier statue, just outside the doors that lead out to the high school parking lot by 2:30 p.m.
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AT YOUR LEISURE
The Aspen Art Museum – Visit our town’s most spectacular new building, designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban to house some of the newest evolutions in international contemporary art at your leisure. Take a self-guided tour between 10a.m.-6 p.m.
Elk Camp Gondola Ride – Located 20 minutes from Aspen in Snowmass Village, take a complimentary 10 minute ride up the Aspen Skiing Company’s Elk Camp Gondola to view the fall colors and get a wonderful birds eye view of the mountains. The gondola runs continuously from 10-4 every day and complimentary lift tickets will be provided. Once at the top, feel free to walk around and explore before catching your ride back down.
A Self-Guided Gallery Walking Tour – Aspen Sojourner Magazine shares its secrets to enjoying the many art galleries in Aspen and offers a map to ensure you are familiar with them all. When the opportunity arises, grab the Sojourner guide from your hotel lobby and enjoy the tour. Most of the galleries are located in the center of Aspen.
Do-it-Yourself Cycling – For those of you who prefer to explore on your own, stop by Four Mountain Sports between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. (located at 520 E. Durant, across from the Gondola), for a complimentary bicycle. Whether you ride along the East of Aspen Trail up toward Independence Pass, down the Rio Grande to lunch at Woody Creek, or just tour around town, you are sure to enjoy the two-wheeled experience.