Eagles, Hawks, & Owls

Learn all about raptors in this close-up encounter with our resident, non-releasable birds of prey the Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this one-hour program!

$10 suggested donation per family / free for members.

Rain or shine!

6/16/2014 - 8/30/2014
Hallam Lake
4PM Monday - Friday
2PM Saturday

Maroon Bells Programs

10:15am AND 1:15pm Crater Lake Hike

3.6 miles round trip, 500 ft. elevation gain
Join a naturalist for a one-way hike to Crater Lake. This one-hour hike focuses on the flora, fauna, and geology along the trail.

10:15am AND 1:15pm Landmarks in Time Walk
Walk along Maroon Lake for 45 minutes with a naturalist. Investigate the history of this geologic wonder and ecological paradise.
All programs meet at the Maroon Information Center (MIC) at Maroon Lake
Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service
Daily, free
6/16/2012 - 9/03/2012
Wildflowers on Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain Walk

Ride the gondola to the summit of Aspen Mountain and enjoy a naturalist-guided walk surrounded by inspiring views. These 45-minutes-walks are offered EVERY HOUR between 11 am and 3 pm.

No reservations necessary. Courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Company with the purchase of a gondola pass.

Meet every day atop of Aspen Mountain at the ACES Information Station.
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Daily, Free

6/16/2012 - 9/03/2012
Call for details
Tel: 970.925.9157
Fax: 970.925.4819
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611

Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
Saturday 9AM - 1PM
Closed Labor Day
Tel: 970.927.6760
Fax: 970.927.6703
2001 Hooks Spur Road

Basalt, CO 81621

Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
Closed October, 21, 2016
Tel: 970.925.5756
Fax: 970.925.4819
100 Puppy Smith Street
Aspen, CO 81611

Rock Bottom Ranch Easter Ham & Lamb Sale

Eat local this Easter with smoked hams and leg of lamb from Rock Bottom Ranch! Our heritage-breed pigs and lambs are pasture-raised and Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Click here to learn more about our sustainably-raised livestock.
ACES members at the Bighorn Sheep ($300) level and above enjoy early access to these sustainably-raised products and will receive purchasing information via email on March 15th. Products will be available to the public on March 29, dependant on availability.
Orders must be placed with deposit* by April 12, the remainder of the cost will be due at pickup. Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served.
Boneless Hams:
sizes vary from 4lb to 10+lb (select size preference when ordering)
Boneless Leg of Lamb:
sizes vary from 1 1/4 lb to 3lb (select size preference when ordering)
Pickup at Rock Bottom Ranch on April 13th or 14th between 9AM and 5PM
Pickup at Hallam Lake on April 14th between 10AM and 4PM.
Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970.927.6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org
*By placing my order and deposit for ranch products, I agree to pay ACES the remaining outstanding amount for the products at pick-up.  If I fail to pay in-full and pick-up the products by 4:00PM on April 14th, 2017, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the products. 
2/20/2017 - 4/14/2017

RBR News | January 21, 2017

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Winter at the Rock Bottom Ranch is a bit slower than summer: our growing is limited to our hoop houses and living wall, and the overall harvesting slows a bit in January. But no matter the season, there is always something exciting happening at the Ranch!

Toklat Book Club

The Toklat Book Club to discuss David Abrams’ Spell of the Sensuous. “An accomplished sleight-of-hand magician as well as a gifted philosopher, David Abram has lived and traded magic with indigenous sorcerers on several continents. Starting from the intimate relation between these traditional magicians and the animals, plants, and natural elements that surround them, The Spell of the Sensuous draws us into a remarkable series of investigations regarding the fluid, participatory nature of perception, and the reciprocity between our senses and the sensuous earth. The book unfolds into an exploration of language, and of the power our words have to enhance or to stifle the spontaneous life of the senses. Contrasting the spoken stories of diverse indigenous oral cultures with ways of speaking common to literate civilization, The Spell of the Sensuous reveals the profound impact that writing (and the alphabet) has had upon the human experiences of time, of space, of earthly place.”  
Join the Toklat crew to discuss Abrams’ ideas around the fire.
Participants are expected to have read the book prior to the group discusion. Light refreshments will be provided. 
Participants must RSVP below.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
5PM - 8PM

Toklat Workshop | Indoor Planting

Join ACES Naturalist Holly Kistner for a planting party! Holly grew up with a love of playing in the dirt, particularly helping her mom plant their garden in the spring. We will seed herbs, flowers, or vegetables for individuals to take home and give out potted Toklat geraniums. Folks can also help prep and plant in the Toklat greenhouse. We encourage everyone to bring seeds and supplies for their own spring garden to supplement what we provide. BYOP: bring your own plants! Bring a dish to pass and share too for dinner! Holly will be making 3R Cookie Cake, an original Isabel Mace recipe. 
Participants must RSVP below; program will be capped at 12 people.
This is a free workshop, donations welcome.
Materials provided.
5PM - 8PM
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