Big Spring after careful restoration
Spring Creek's lower meadow
Big Spring cascading into its lowest pool
The view south from Spring Creek
Big Spring and old hatchery building

About Spring Creek

Spring Creek’s 160 acres include diverse ecosystems such as sagebrush, oak-mountain shrublands, aspen, Douglas fir and mixed conifer forests, wild meadows, wetlands, and riparian areas. The site was homesteaded in 1912, and then operated as a trout hatchery for nearly 60 years by Dr. Richard Timmer, who gifted it to ACES in 2009 after placing the property under conservation easement with Aspen Valley Land Trust. Located 25 miles from Basalt up the Fryingpan Valley, ACES envisions a future for Spring Creek that may include habitat and native wildlife restoration, a field station for environmental science education and/or implementation of clean energy technologies, amoung other potential directions.