Aspen is a gem along the Rockies. Our ski resort town is gorgeous, and the shopping and dining options are fantastic. But in the evening, there is one thing that overshadows everything in the area—the stunning sunsets. Watch in awe as the colors change before your very eyes and leave you entranced in the perfect moment in the mountains. Keep reading discover the best spots to watch the sunset in Aspen! Trust us; you won’t want to miss these.
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Here Are the Best Spots to Watch the Sunset in Aspen
Red Butte Trail
If you want to enjoy a little bit of a challenge during your sunset adventure in Aspen, head to the Red Butte. This small mountain sits overlooking the Aspen Golf Club and boasts incredible clear sunset views from its 400+ foot peak. The trailhead can be a little tricky to find, located between two houses on Cemetery Lane, and parking is down the street at Henry Stein Park.
Tip: While the hike up to Red Butte is only a half-mile, the grade is steep, and there are few challenging scrambles. It’s suitable for families with older kids or just adults, but those with younger children will want to tackle the other trails on our list.
Snowmass Village Nature Trail
Discover a beautiful mix of nature and wildlife while hiking the Snowmass Village Nature Trail in the evening. This short mile-long path through tall Aspen pines is features tons of columbine flowers, the state flower of Colorado, that you can spot along the trail. There are several spots where the trees open, and you can watch the light dance in the sky as the sun sets.
Enjoy sweeping views of Aspen as you take in the sunset from the Ajax Trail. This one-and-a-half-mile trail begins at Koch Park and skirts along Aspen Mountain, providing you with a bird’s eye view of the town. It’s the perfect spot to watch the soft glow of the sky reflect off the mountains and buildings as the sun sets behind you.
Aspen Mountain Nature Trail
Panoramic views are the name of the game on the Aspen Mountain Nature Trail. This one-mile loop trail at the top of Aspen Mountain boasts one of the best sunset views in the area. You can also enjoy plenty of wildlife and sightseeing while you’re there, including spotting the iconic Maroon Bells to the southwest.
The Ruedi Reservoir is hands-down one of the best spots to watch the sunset near Aspen. The lake is about an hour’s drive from town, but it’s well worth the time. The scenic beauty of the reservoir and surrounding mountains is second to none in the area, and you can watch the sun drop below the mountains from the lakeshore or from Gyp Hill (the best vantage point on the northwest side of the water).
Head back to your luxury property to rest and relax after watching a gorgeous Aspen sunset. Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals offers the ideal home away from home for you and your loved ones. Experience our beautiful town and surrounding mountains in luxurious and high-end atmospheres. And our Concierge Services provide you with the keys to make the most of your trip by helping you plan everything from grocery delivery to transportation.
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