A-Basin 101 + FAQ
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High Alpine Adventures
Unspoiled. Uncrowded. Uncomplicated.
Welcome to High Alpine Adventures at Arapahoe Basin, where the spirit of freedom and big mountain challenges create life-altering experiences. Summer at Arapahoe Basin is off the beaten path and at a higher elevation than anywhere else in the area. When people think of an authentic Rocky Mountain experience, this peaceful, natural and rugged place is what they’re imagining.
A-Basin sits adjacent to the Continental Divide with incredible views, cool temperatures and no crowds—offering visitors a high-alpine, big-mountain experience between 10,780 and 13,000 feet. All activities take place in the trees or on the mountain, putting visitors right in the midst of a stunning landscape covered in wildflowers and visited often by a resident mountain goat herd.
Summer operating dates are TBD
Winter season dates: mid-October to early June
Location: Summit County, Colorado. 68 miles west of Denver; 5 miles east of Keystone
Base elevation: 10,780 feet / 3,206 meters
Top of Black Mountain Express lift: 11,500 feet / 3,505 meters
Summit elevation: 13,050 feet / 3,978 meters
Everything is easily accessible just a short walk from your car in our small base area.
A-Frame Lodge: 6th Alley Bar & Grill, water bottle fill-up stations, Arapahoe Sports Retail Shop, restrooms (ground floor).
Kids Center: Aerial Adventure Park check-in and equipment rental; grab-and-go snacks.
Guest Services: lift ticket sales and event check-in
Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain: light snacks and drinks served in the bar, restrooms, water, location for weddings and special events
What should I bring/wear to ensure a great day on the mountain?
Any time you are visiting the mountains, you should wear sturdy footwear and bring a rain jacket and layers. Our base area is at 10,780 feet and can be chilly even in the summer. The high-elevation sunshine is intense; we recommend sunglasses and sunscreen. If you plan to use our trails, bring a water bottle and any snacks you might need.
What’s the weather like?
The weather is generally cool, clear and crisp. Mornings and evenings can be much chillier than mid-day. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer months and lightning can be dangerous, especially above treeline. Plan to do big hikes or mountain bike rides early in the day.
What can I do with my kids at A-Basin?
This is a great place to go on a wild and natural adventure with your kids. Check out the aerial adventure park, which has “challenge” courses in the forest for little kids all the way through adults. Get to mid-mountain to explore a beautiful landscape by hiking the Argentine North Fork trail or riding the chairlift. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, continue hiking to the top at 12,500 feet via the service road to look for our resident mountain goat herd. Or, ride the lift to mid-mountain and hike Half Moon Trail for a short but rewarding outing to one of our most incredible vistas.
What can I do for free?
Many things! Our hiking and biking trails, disc golf course and Saturday afternoon concerts are all free.
What food do you have available?
The 6th Alley Bar & Grill is a full-service restaurant and bar in the base area. The Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain offers drinks and light (cold) snacks at the inside bar, which you can enjoy on the scenic deck. Both are open daily.
Can I bring my dog?
Your dog is welcome in our base area outside of all buildings and on our hiking trails. Our lift is not able to transport animals and they are not allowed inside buildings. Please keep your pet leashed at all times and pick up after them. There are poop bags stationed around the base area for you to use.
What about wildlife?
Foxes, bears, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, beavers, porcupines and more call the A-Basin landscape home. Please help us peacefully coexist and do not approach, feed or scare the wildlife. Moose are aggressive; keep your distance.
How is your cellphone service? WiFi?
AT&T is the only cellular provider that works at A-Basin. Free public WiFi is available in the A-Frame lodge, throughout the Mountain Goat Plaza base area and its buildings, and at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain.
Does A-Basin have lodging?
No, but we are a short drive from the towns of Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge. Choose from a variety of lodging accommodations—from hotels to condos to full homes—through our trusted partnerships. Click here to visit our lodging page.
Can I camp at A-Basin?
No. You may not camp on the mountain or in our parking lots. No overnight parking of any kind is allowed. The pullouts near us on Highway 6 no longer allow overnight camping.
What about marijuana use?
You may not use marijuana at A-Basin. It is illegal to use marijuana in public in the state of Colorado and it is illegal to use it on federal public lands; A-Basin is entirely on U.S. Forest Service land.