- The list below includes 51 free or cheap things to do in or near Aspen, Colorado, including 63 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Mountains, Ghost Towns and Movie Theaters.
- From Maroon Bells to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Aspen and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Crested Butte, Snowmass Village, Gunnison and Vail.
Families who enjoy the outdoors tend to embrace the Grottos Trail for an easy hiking experience. Exploring the large rock formations, boulders, and waterfalls are simple form the trail itself, and there is a popular picnicking area at the trailhead.
The Maroon-Snowmass Trail diverges from the Snowmass Creek Trailhead for a 8.5 mile out and back pathway. Accessible from June until September, the trail is used primarily for hiking and is rated as difficult for advanced hikers.
The first prospector arrived in Leadville in 1880 claiming to have found silver, so over the course of the next three years, he was joined by 1,999 other people, but by 1900 men were spending their time hunting and drinking instead. Visitors can visit the ghost town.
All that remains of this gold-mining town that sprang up in the mountains of Aspen Colorado is the Independence Ghost Town. After a short lived gold mining operation, brave visitors can explore the abandoned buildings and possibly meet any residents that were left behind.
The primary whitewater rafting company in the region is the Aspen Whitewater Rafting company. The business has been guiding visitors for over 20 years along the local rivers on personalized adventures that focus on small group sizes.