Winter, summer, spring and fall, Aspen Alpine Guides offers every excursion to satisfy your adventurous side. Since 1987, AAG has provided professional, quality mountain guiding adventures in the Aspen area and beyond. We are an equal opportunity service provider and employer operating under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.

Our backcountry mountain adventures span guided year-round trips including hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, snow-shoeing, cross country ski instruction and tours, backcountry skiing, out of bounds lift assisted skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, hut trips on the 10th Mountain Hut System, and High Altitude Training for runners and Cyclists. We also offer a series of international trekking and climbing trips, as well as American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses. With areas of operation spanning from Crested Butte to Aspen, Leadville to Vail, Telluride and Moab, Utah, we specialize in creating custom backcountry adventures for individuals and groups of all abilities and sizes.

Why choose a guide?

Not only are our guides certified in emergency wilderness medicine, they also have the knowledge and know how to tailor a trip to your individual needs and take you to places far from crowds and conventionality. As the saying goes around here, your guide is your most important accessory. Meet our guides!



Featured Summer Trips



Hiking the wilderness around Aspen offers limitless day hike options. We offer full or half day hikes that range from the mellowest beginner trails to the steepest and rockiest the valley has to offer. Wander through a wildflower meadow, enjoy lunch beside an alpine lake, or walk along a ridgeline surrounded by a sea of Rocky Mountain summits. 

Summer Peak Climbing

Summer Peak Climbing is the best way to see the total grandeur of the rockies and to get up high. Fortunately, the wilderness around Aspen offers numerous ways to do just that. New to hiking peaks? No problem. Seasoned pro? Sign on up. Climbed a few and want to push yourself? We've got the trip you're seeking, tailored just for you. 

Rock Climbing

Beginner and Intermediate Rock Climbing Rock Climb on Independence Pass and in the Roaring Fork Valley. AAG rock climbing guides and instructors love to teach all levels for kids and adults. Instruction in basic rock skills, knots, belaying and movement on rock. All safety equipment including climbing shoes, helmets, harnesses, ropes and anchors are included and lunch can be arranged for full day climbs.

    Guiding Principles

    • We at Aspen Alpine Guides strive to provide a model for an individual-focused guide service that continues to maintain safety, leadership and passion for the outdoors.
    • Our commitment to providing outstanding guides ensures that our guides are able to work towards their goals and create memorable experiences.
    • We are committed to being a resource to the community by sharing our passion for teaching and education.
    • We foster a mutual respect and appreciation for environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyles.
    • We continue to commit to our guests’ goals by guiding with integrity, authenticity and passion. Above all, we value the relationships we have built with our guests and each other.
    • We practice principles that will help our community maintain its mountain lifestyle, so we all can enjoy the beautiful mountains for years to come.

    Note: Our guiding principles were created in the Spring of 2013 in a collaborative process by the guides from Aspen Alpine Guides.