If you go
WHERE TO STAY 10th Mountain Division Huts
1280 Ute Ave., Suite 21, Aspen
970-925-5775 Most huts cost between $24-$30 per person per night; kids 12 and under are half price. Summer season runs from July 1 through Sept. 30. High-country snow has usually melted by July 1. Snowstorms are possible in early July and in September. Afternoon thunderstorms occur frequently in August. Peak wildflower season varies, but is generally mid-July to mid-August.
THINGS TO DO
Aspen Alpine Guides 210 S. Galena St., Aspen 970-925-6618
Offers backpacking, hiking, mountain biking and climbing packages, starting at $545 per day.
Indian Summer Outfitters for Bearcat Stables 2701 Squaw Creek Rd., Edwards 970-926-1578
Offers five-day hut-to-hut trips from Vail to Aspen on horseback, $2,700 per person.
Paragon Guides 210 Edwards Village Blvd., B-107, Edwards 970-926-5299
Average expedition length is three days and generally includes use of llamas for carrying gear and provisions. Prices vary and start around $280 per person, per day.
The World Outdoors 2840 Wilderness Pl., Suite D, Boulder 800-488-8483
The company’s Colorado backcountry hut-to-hut tour includes six days and five nights with guides hiking high mountain passes, $1,600 per person.
Timberline Bike Tours 730 E. Cooper, Aspen 970-274-6076
Offers mountain biking packages. From $85 per day,