Field Notes

Hike of the Week: North Fork Lake Creek Trail

Big views and relative solitude await hikers on the east side of Independence Pass.

09/13/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Aspen Mountain

A gondola ride down makes this mountain ascent a more attainable outing than you might expect.

08/30/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Cathedral Lake Trail

This popular outing to a high-alpine lake draws wildflower lovers and leaf peepers.

08/22/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Ute Trail

A daily workout for locals, this in-town favorite is short, sweet, and steep.

08/16/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Astronomy Club

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where, and How to See It in Aspen

The Little Nell’s Stargazing Tour guides Steven Goff and Ricky Wojcik share their celestial secrets.

08/11/2017 By Katie Shapiro

Vroom Vroom!

Surprise! E-Bikes Are Catching on Even in Cardio-Obsessed Aspen

But there's a long road ahead for city officials to figure what to do with them.

07/26/2017 By Tess Weaver Strokes

Throwback

Gear Closet: Camping Classics

Pack up for a weekend outdoors with these vintage-vibed picks.

02/01/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

At Altitude

The Thrills of Birding in Aspen

Here in the land of hard-core mountain sports, a more decorous outdoor endeavor is taking flight.

10/22/2015 By Michael Miracle

Colorado Snowpack

Liquid Gold

Colorado isn’t in a water crisis as grave as California’s, but continued growth, drier conditions, and multiple other states’ rights to Colorado snowpack means the factors are present.

05/01/2015 By Justin Patrick

Runners love Aspen

The Long Run

Hard-core runners frequent the Roaring Fork Valley in such numbers that Aspen Alpine Guides had to add a third installment of its Hut Run Hut outings for 2015.

05/01/2015 By Erik Hesselman

Call & Response

An Epic Ride with Charlie Tarver

Talking Aspen cycling’s past and present, and the color pink.

05/01/2015 Edited by Michael Miracle

Conservation Call

How an Army of Local Volunteers Helps the Overstretched Forest Service Make Trail

Access to able bodies is essential to environmental nonprofits’ role in public-land management.

05/01/2015 Edited by Michael Miracle Photography by Daniel Bayer

Daily Essentials

What’s in Your Bag, Karen Schroyer?

Though Karen Schroyer’s job as a U.S. Forest Service district ranger requires ample administrative duties, it also brings a more agreeable sort of office time.

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Plan your Outing

Take a Hike!

We would never encourage someone to hike while perusing an iPad. But spending some time on a tablet to select your hike beforehand?

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Poetic Protection

Call of the Wild

The fifty-year-old Wilderness Act, which sanctified Aspen’s backyard, will be fêted this summer.

05/01/2014 By Tim Mutrie

Nature's Essentials

Little Rivers

The foot-wide ditches streaming water through Aspen’s West End, including the rivulets on the grounds of the Benedict Music Tent and Aspen Meadows, are among the wonderful aesthetic treats of summer.

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Zen Style

Scenes from a Sunken Grass Garden in the West End

Bordered by water, the contemporary courtyard both echoes and contrasts its surroundings.

05/01/2014 By Amanda Rae

Getting Around

Pedaling Progress

Aspen’s latest eco-friendly effort wheels into town this summer.

05/01/2013 By MIchael Miracle

Water Music

Water Logged

How a computer crash almost stopped the music for Aspen’s Dancing Fountain.

05/01/2013 By Amanda Rae

Time to Explore

Hunter Creek, Unhidden

Two of Aspen’s most popular trails—the Rio Grande and Hunter Creek Trails have linked up in a match made in hiking heaven.

05/01/2013 By Catherine Lutz