An Illustration showing Polo Player Nic Roldan riding a flying carpet over the globe with suitcase behind himI often get asked in interviews about the places I’m at so I thought I would start doing my own “Travel Guide” from now on for each of the places I visit on my continual Polo Tour starting with my Travel Guide to Aspen, Colorado.

One of the things I love about polo is the travelling.  We get to play polo in some of the most beautiful places in the world, I myself have been lucky enough to play on all 5 continents, have seen some amazing sights and had some pretty unique experiences.


Nic’s Travel Guide to:

Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A.


After returning from the UK high-goal season I spent a month playing in Aspen which is fantastic. I hope you enjoy my tips here in my Travel Guide to Aspen, Colorado.  Find out where to go and what to do in the first of my travel guides, next up will be Greenwich, CT, U.S.A.. #NicsTravelGuides, #NicsTravels


Nic Roldan hiking in Aspen, CO with mountains behind him A red & pink sunset just before it gets dark taken from the Ute TrailBest way to start the day: A hike followed by a HIT class at Aspen Club

Favorite restaurants:

Cathedral Lake, Aspen with mountains in the backgroundNic Roldan & Carlitos Gracida stood with their bikes on one of the cycle routes in the mountains of Aspen in high summerFavourite bar & tipple: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Peroni Beer

Favourite Hotel: The Little Nell

Favourite GolfClub: Roaring Fork Club

Carlitos Gracida & Nic Roldan stood golf clubs in hand on one of the green's of Aspen Golf Club A Mountain lake in the forest surrounded by fir trees in AspenFavourite gym: The Aspen Club (13)

Polo Club where I’m playing at: Aspen Valley Polo Club which offers all from a full summer T’ment program to arena polo as well as the World Snow Polo Championships just before Christmas. Also the place to go for a lesson whilst you’re in town Ripping it, taking a jump mountain biking in Aspen Trees & Tree trunks in Aspen on the mountain(17)

Summer or Winter: Summer is the best because of the endless activities!

Must do’s while in town:

  • Hiking (10), my favourite hike’s are: Cathedral Lake (3) & American Lake Trails
  • Biking (4), my favourite ride is: Valhalla, Aspen Snowmass
  • Dirt Bike riding in the back country (8)
  • Golfing (5)
  • Visit Aspen Art Museum (11)

Nic Roldan standing on one of Aspen's peaks having hiked up there in the summerNic Roldan, Carlos Gracida & a friend hiking in Aspen surrounded by fir treesFavourite Shop: James Perse, 312 S Hunter St, Aspen for my preferred basicsLocal suppliers: Performance, 614 E Durant Ave, Aspen or Ute Mountaineer

View of Aspen form above taken by Nic Roldan one of his early morning hikesUnexpected discovery: Spring Cafe

Something I would have liked to have done but did not get round to or is at a different time of year: Hike or dirt bike ride to Crested Butte

4 Images showing pieces of contemporary art on display at the Aspen Art Museum Carlitos Gracida & Nic Roldan on gym bikes doing a spin classMy wheels: Santa Cruz bike is the best form of transportation

Nearest airport: Aspen–Pitkin County (ASE)

Nic Roldan Signature

Photo credits: Personal #TeamNR archive unless otherwise stated

131220 Aspen #SnowPolo, 3 Amigos c #McG #Kampsen by Matias CallejoAspen mountainous landscape with a few fir trees, all covered in snowNic Roldan & Brandon Phillips skiing with Aspen in the background

Three images of polo player Nic Roldan playing pollo, L-R: Normal (grass) polo, Arena Polo & Snow Polo

Regular (grass) Polo, Arena Polo & Snow Polo all at Aspen Valley Polo Club, Photo credits L-R: Louise Davidson, Nick Tininenko, Nick Tininenko