Relax and Unwind

Mani Pedis, massages, facials; whatever your preference is for relaxing and unwinding, we’ve rounded out some recommendations for our local day spas and resorts to pamper yourself and restore your mental, physical, and emotional health inside and out.

  1. September is the month for leaf peeping drives. Check out upvalley earlier (think Castle Creek Road outside Aspen) and downvalley a bit later (Four Mile Road near Glenwood Springs). 

  2. Farmers markets! Basalt (Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) through September 26, Carbondale (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) through September 29, and Glenwood (Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m.) through September 21.

  3. Enjoy the magic of the Snowmass Balloon Festival, September 10-12. Three mornings of balloon launches and a Friday Night Glow will dazzle you in Snowmass Town Park. See GoSnowmass.com. 

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    Drop by The Art Base in Basalt to view its exhibition of 30 new drawings by internationally-recognized artist James Surls, who lives in Carbondale. It runs through September 27.

  5. Help with Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and Wilderness Workshop's Prince Creek Trail restoration day on September 25. 

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    Head west on I-70 to the Canyon Creek exit, where heirloom varieties of U-Pick apples await at Orchard Creek Ranch.

  7. 10th Mountain Division Backcountry Hut

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    Check out the fall colors from the comfort of a 10th Mountain Division backcountry hut. Sometimes you can snag last-minute reservations online.

  8. Drive up McClure Pass this month for gentle hiking and great leaf peeping on the forest service road at the top.

  9. Sunlight Mountain Resort

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    Try an afternoon hike around Babbish Gulch near Sunlight Mountain Resort for an accessible jaunt with a big payoff of fall colors.