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Calm the body and mind in Aspen and Snowmass Village

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Now more than ever, people are investing into their physical and mental health by incorporating wellness into their travel. According to The Global Wellness Institute, the wellness tourism industry will hit $1.3 trillion by 2025. Those wanting to connect with nature and breathe in some fresh mountain air should head for the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village during the summer months. From mountain top yoga to new state-of-the-art spa facilities, there are endless ways for travellers to calm the mind and body in these Rocky Mountain towns. 

For the mind

Mountain top yoga on Aspen Mountain

Take a scenic ride on the Silver Queen Gondola to the summit of Aspen Mountain and take part in a yoga experience like no other. Every summer from June to September, the experienced Aspen Shakti team runs an hour open-air Hatha yoga session on a stunning deck overlooking the dramatic scenery of the Rocky Mountains. With a stunning backdrop of wildflowers, blue skies and plunging valleys, there is no better way to start your day. Those wanting a challenge can take the 1.5 hour hike to the top of Aspen Mountain. Costing roughly £15 per class, sessions run from Monday to Friday at 10:30am with a portion of all profits going towards supporting the Caring for Community Fund mental health programme. 

Classical music amongst the aspen trees 

Celebrating 75 years in 2024, the Aspen Music Festival and School is viewed as one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in North America. During the summer, hundreds of events are scheduled over eight-weeks, including orchestra concerts, chamber music, opera performances and classes, with the 75th year set to feature celebrations on all 53 nights of the season. Take an evening stroll to the Michael Klein Music Tent where you can sit amongst the aspen trees whilst listening to relaxing orchestral melodies.

Meditation in the John Denver Sanctuary 

Situated next to Rio Grande Park in the heart of Aspen, the John Denver Sanctuary is a peaceful oasis where you can connect with both nature and music. The Song Garden features a series of native river boulders placed in a perfect circle, all with lyrics etched into the stone to reflect the circle of life. The sanctuary is also home to a large perennial flower garden as well as man-made wetlands and winding streams that work as an innovative stormwater filter system. A favourite local spot, enjoy the serenity of the crowd-free gardens that provide the perfect location for meditation. 

For the body

Hiking in Snowmass Village 

With endless miles of hiking trails to explore, Aspen and Snowmass Village offer everything from short, relaxing strolls to epic multi-day adventures. Over 90 miles of trails can be accessed from Snowmass Village alone, with the Rim Trail South being a popular hike amongst locals, offering incredible 360-views of Snowmass Village and the surrounding area. Clear your head with fresh mountain air and quiet trails bursting with wildlife as you make your way to the lookout at Spiral Point for valley views of the reservoir below and towering peaks above. 

Horseback riding to the Maroon Bells Wilderness

Embark on a guided horseback journey with Blazing Adventures through the natural beauty of Snowmass with its expansive aspen forests and fields of wildflowers. Immerse yourself in  tranquillity by following winding creeks as you venture into the rugged wilderness of the Rocky Mountains for breathtaking views of alpine lakes and the iconic Maroon Bells. Choose from half-day, full-day or overnight rides each offering gourmet meals with the chance to fish in the crystal clear creeks. 

Full body relaxation at The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass

Spend the afternoon at the The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass, a 7000-square-foot haven of relaxation that offers a selection of holistic wellness experiences from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. With six luxurious treatment rooms, the spa provides the perfect place to unwind after an adventurous day in the mountains. Sit back and relax in the meditative relaxation lounge whilst surrounded by the soothing sound of cascading water from the spas infinity pool and waterfalls. 

What’s new in wellness for 2024?

The Little Nell unveils newly renovated spa 

Aspen’s only 5-star, 5-diamond hotel, The Little Nell has recently unveiled a brand-new spa and fitness centre designed by Luis Bustamante Interior Design. The Spa features three treatment suites, a menu of integrated rituals, bodywork and skincare solutions in partnership with Dr. Barbara Sturm. Located at the foot of Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell boasts luxurious amenities, guided tours and experiences, as well as a range of impeccable dining options.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort opens RAKxa Wellness Spa 

RAKxa Wellness Spa has opened at the prestigious St. Regis Aspen Resort following a complete renovation and redesign. The new spa, from Bangkok-based wellness brand, RAKxa, allows visitors to immerse themselves in a sanctuary of serenity where state of the art wellness facilities and expert therapists await, with holistic healing treatments and personalised wellness programmes.

Base State Longevity Spa offers new immersive wellness experience

Founded by Aspen locals, Base State believes in unlocking energy and enhancing longevity. By blending modern technology with natural practices and proven healing methods, Base State empowers its community to connect deeply with their bodies. The spa offers advanced health and longevity treatments developed by researcher William Sealy Hambright to help people live healthier live

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