Summer Mountain Activities

Summertime in the mountains is like nowhere else on earth. It's the ultimate summer camp - though it's not limited to kids! Experience the thrill of rafting through a canyon or escape reality for a day through the tranquility of fly fishing. Set out for a quick hike or explore endless trails through forests and along rivers on a mountain bike. Channel your inner cowboy on horseback or get a bird's eye view of some of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations by gliding above the trees and rivers at speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour on a zip line.

When it comes to summertime in the mountains, the options are endless. To help you narrow it down, we've compiled a list of some of our top summer destinations and the exhilarating activities they offer for the whole family. Odds are, you might just check a few things off your bucket list.

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An activity suitable for the entire family, mountain biking is the perfect way to spend a day in the mountains. You can put your physical endurance to the test, or enjoy a leisurely trek in forested trails that take you along rivers, through fields of wildflowers and along some incredible scenic look-out points.

Whether you'd like to take a guided tour with a local or rent bikes and head out on your own, exploring the mountains on two wheels is an experience not to be missed.

Mountain biking activities in Whistler | Mountain biking activities in Aspen/Snowmass

One of the simple joys of summertime in the mountains is setting out on a hike where you can discover endless fields of wildflowers, picturesque views, massive canyons and hidden lakes, rivers and streams all under bluebird skies. Depending on your preference, hikes of all degrees of difficulties are available in the mountains, from leisurely strolls to conquering that 14,000 foot mountain.

Hiking activities in Whistler | Hiking activities in Aspen/Snowmass

Experience the thrill of rafting some of the best whitewater rapids in the world when you visit the high country. Whether you're a first timer looking for a unique and exciting experience or a thrill seeker looking to conquer that Class IV rapid, there is something for everyone. Beyond the excitement of the river, you'll also witness some of the most spectacular scenery available only to those who travel via river.

Rafting activities in Whistler | Rafting activities in Aspen/Snowmass

We've all wondered what it would be like to be able to fly. Perhaps the closest we'll come to knowing the freedom of flight is through an activity popping up in mountain destinations across the world: zip lining. Unlike anything else out there, zip lining will take you high above the forests, canyons and rivers of the mountains, transporting you at speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour, all while giving you a bird's eye view of some of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations.

Zipline activites in Whistler | Zipline activites in Aspen/Snowmass

Take a step back into time and experience the West the way it was meant to be – on horseback! From half-day tours to overnight camping trips, a mountain adventure on horseback is sure to be one you won't soon forget!

Horseback riding activites in Whistler | Horseback riding activites in Aspen/Snowmass