Daily
12/11/2017 - 3/31/2018
Daily
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018
Daily
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018
Daily
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018
Fridays & select Tuesdays
12/22/2017 - 4/06/2018

Snowshoe & Ski Tours

Ashcroft Snowshoe Tour

A must-do Aspen experience! Explore winter in Aspen on this half-day snowshoe tour in the beautiful and pristine Castle Creek Valley. Your Naturalist guide will share expertise on animal tracking, valley geology, avalanches, bird-life, winter habitats, and sub-alpine ecology. You will explore the historic Ashcroft ghost town and walk through serene spruce and fir forests and open meadows on your way to a gourmet lunch at the spectacular Pine Creek Cookhouse (PCCH). Following lunch, you'll meander through peaceful aspen groves on your return to the King Cabin. 

  • Offered every day at 10:30AM when PCCH is open. Meet at the King Cabin at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
  • $145 per person all-inclusive: 4-hour guided tour, snowshoe rental and basic instruction, Ashcroft trail pass, and lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse (prix fixe menu, tax and tip included).
  • $100 per person tour price, pay separately for a-la-carte lunch to order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu and/or enjoy drinks from the bar.
  • 3.5 miles round trip, tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace. 
  • SnowLimo shuttle service available leaving from the Wheeler Opera House at 10AM. Reserve separetly with SnowLimo. Two-person minimum.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended.
  • Two-person minimum required to run the tour.

Reservations are required: call ACES at 970.925.5756 during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) to book. After hours please dial 0 and leave a detailed message - we will confirm your reservation by 9AM the next business day. 48-hours notice recommended for tour reservations.

Tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Ashcroft Ski Touring/Pine Creek Cookhouse, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

Ages: All Ages
12/11/2017 - 3/31/2018

10:30AM
Ashcroft, Castle Creek Valley

"Wasted: The Story of Food Waste" Panel & Film Screening

On Tuesday, February 6, ACES and The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) present "Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste." Join us at The Temporary in Basalt for a panel discussion and film screening centered on the role that food, and food waste, play in our daily lives. Prior to the screening, Jason Smith, Director of Rock Bottom Ranch will lead a panel about food waste, and share appetizers and bites prepared from recovered food.

Food will be served at 5:30, the panel will speak at 6:00, and the screening will start at 7:00.

More about the film: 40% of the food in America is Wasted. This new documentary by Anthony Bourdain aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to make the most of every kind of food.

This event is part of the new 'Culture With a Concience' series presented by TACAW and ACES.

 

2/06/2018

5:30PM
The Temporary, 360 Market St., Basalt

Colorado Gives Day

It's here! Today is Colorado Gives Day! It's more than just a day - it's a movement that inspires and unites thousands. Please give where you live and support ACES on Colorado Gives Day! This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. This fund increases the value of every dollar donated on December 5th, so pre-schedule your donation here

Make your end-of-the-year gift to ACES and direct your donation towards:

•    ACES Children’s Education Fund
•    Sustainable Agriculture at Rock Bottom Ranch
•    Forest Health Science and Restoration

Make a donation today - All donations over $50 will receive a free ACES hat! (Modeled by our Winter Naturalists above!)

Thank you for your support from all of us at ACES!

Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

12/05/2017

Ashcroft Snowshoe Tour

A must-do Aspen experience! Explore winter in Aspen on this half-day snowshoe tour in the beautiful and pristine Castle Creek Valley. Your Naturalist guide will share expertise on animal tracking, valley geology, avalanches, bird-life, winter habitats, and sub-alpine ecology. You will explore the historic Ashcroft ghost town and walk through serene spruce and fir forests and open meadows on your way to a gourmet lunch at the spectacular Pine Creek Cookhouse (PCCH). Following lunch, you'll meander through peaceful aspen groves on your return to the King Cabin. 

  • Offered every day at 10:30AM when PCCH is open. Meet at the King Cabin at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
  • $145 per person all-inclusive: 4-hour guided tour, snowshoe rental and basic instruction, Ashcroft trail pass, and lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse (prix fixe menu, tax and tip included).
  • $100 per person tour price, pay separately for a-la-carte lunch to order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu and/or enjoy drinks from the bar.
  • 3.5 miles round trip, tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace. 
  • SnowLimo shuttle service available leaving from the Wheeler Opera House at 10AM. Reserve separetly with SnowLimo. Two-person minimum.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended.
  • Two-person minimum required to run the tour.

Reservations are required: call ACES at 970.925.5756 during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) to book. After hours please dial 0 and leave a detailed message - we will confirm your reservation by 9AM the next business day. 48-hours notice recommended for tour reservations.

Tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Ashcroft Ski Touring/Pine Creek Cookhouse, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

Ages: All Ages
12/11/2017 - 3/31/2018

10:30AM
Ashcroft, Castle Creek Valley

Snowmass Snowshoe Tour

Explore spruce and fir forests along a babbling creek in the Snowmass Ski Area on this two-hour guided snowshoe tour with a Naturalist from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Learn about Rocky Mountain winter ecology, local wildlife, and more as you discover the area and enjoy the silence of a snow-covered forest. Click here to watch a video clip, produced by Aspen 82, about our snowshoe tours. Click here to read a blog post about our Snowmass tour from Brave Ski Mom.

  • Every day at 10AM and 1PM. Meet guide at the top of Elk Camp Gondola.
  • Purchase tickets at any lift ticket office. Please allow 30 minutes before the tour for ticket purchase and gondola ride.
  • Prices: $65 Adults, $45 Youth (7-17 years) and Seniors (over 65 years).
  • If you have your own lift ticket, tour prices are: $40 Adults, $31 Youth & Senior
  • Tour price includes snack and warm drink, gondola ride, snowshoes, knowledgeable guide, and basic snowshoeing instruction. 
  • Approximately 1.5 miles round trip. Tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended.
  • Ages 7 and up.
  • No reservations.
  • Call ACES during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) with any questions.

Tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

ACES members at the $500+ level receive a free Aspen Mountain or Snowmass snowshoe walk for two. To set up your complimentary tour, please contact Christy Mahon, Development Director at 970-925-5756 or cmahon@aspennature.org.

Ages: 7 and older
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018

10AM & 1PM
Elk Camp Meadows, Snowmass Ski Area

Aspen Mtn Snowshoe Tour

Weave in and out of serene spruce and fir forests as you take in Aspen's majestic vistas from Richmond Ridge with a knowledgeable Naturalist on this two-hour guided snowshoe tour. Learn about wildlife in winter, tracking, mountain ecology, Aspen history, avalanches, winter habitats, and more. Click here to watch a video clip, produced by Aspen 82, about our snowshoe tours.

  • Every day at 10AM and 1PM. Meet guide at the top of Aspen Mountain, in front of the Silver Queen gondola.
  • Purchase tickets at any lift ticket office. Please allow 30 minutes before the tour for ticket purchase and gondola ride.
  • Prices: $65 Adults, $45 Youth (7-17 years) and Seniors (over 65 years).
  • If you have your own lift ticket, tour prices are: $40 Adults, $31 Youth & Senior
  • Tour price includes snack and warm drink, gondola ride, snowshoes, knowledgeable guide, and basic snowshoeing instruction. 
  • Approximately 1.5 miles round trip. Tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended.
  • Ages 7 and up.
  • No reservations.
  • Call ACES during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) with any questions.

Tours are made possible through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

ACES members at the $500+ level receive a free Aspen Mountain or Snowmass snowshoe walk for two. To set up your complimentary tour, please contact Christy Mahon, Development Director at 970-925-5756 or cmahon@aspennature.org.

Ages: 7 and older
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018

10AM & 1PM
Richmond Ridge, Aspen Mountain

Snowmass Ski Tour

Drop in at the Wapiti Wildlife Center at the top of the Elk Camp lift to ski a run with a Naturalist from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Learn about wildlife adaptations in winter, tracking, avalanches, and more.

  • Offered at 11AM and 1PM every day when the Elk Camp lift is operating.
  • Tours are complimentary.
  • Meet guide inside the Wapiti Wildlife Center. Please arrive at least five minutes before the start of the tour.
  • Tours require intermediate skiing ability and take place on blue or green runs and are held at a leisurely pace.
  • No reservations.
  • Call ACES during open hours (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM) with any questions.

Tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS).

The Wapiti Wildlife Center offers free hot chocolate and ACES Naturalists are available at the Center when there is not a ski tour. Come in for a ski break and learn about the Rocky Mountains!

Free Members
Free Non Members
Ages: 7 and older
12/11/2017 - 4/13/2018

11AM & 1PM
Wapiti Wildlife Center, Snowmass Ski Area

#GivingTuesday!

November 28th is #GivingTuesday! Help us raise the last $10,000 for the Children's Garden at Rock Bottom Ranch!

So far, we have raised $58,500 out of the $68,500 we need to complete the Children's Garden. Join our effort and help us to raise the final $10,000! With your support, we can create a place for kids and families to get their hands dirty, while learning about healthy food systems and connecting to the natural spaces around them.

ACES' Children's Garden at Rock Bottom Ranch will include: child-level raised beds, renewable energy features, kids' water pump, fruit trees, an animal nursery, a pollinator area, gathering spaces, and a kids' toolshed!

DONATE TODAY!

11/08/2017 - 11/22/2017

Holiday Hams

Thank you for your support of ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch! We are officially sold out of this year's bone-in cured and smoked holiday hams. We wish you a wonderful and delicious holiday season!

Our heritage-breed, pasture-raised pigs are Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Click here to learn more about our sustainably-raised pigs.

$10.99 per pound + tax. Orders must be placed with deposit by December 15. Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served. Hams will be prepared on a made-to-order basis. Reserve your ham with a $30 deposit, the remainder of the cost will be due at pick-up.*

  • Estimated weight: 4 - 6 pounds each
  • Estimated cost: $45 - $70 each
  • Comprehensive preparation instructions included.
  • Pick-up at Rock Bottom Ranch on December 21st or 22nd between 9AM and 4PM.
  • Pick-up at Hallam Lake on December 22nd between 9AM and 4PM. 

Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970.927.6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org.

*By placing my order and deposit for bone-in smoked ham(s), I agree to pay ACES the remaining outstanding amount for the ham(s) at pick-up. If I fail to pay in-full and pick-up the ham(s) by 4:00PM on December 22, 2017, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the ham(s). 
11/19/2017 - 12/15/2017

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Sold out!

We are pleased to announce that we have sold out of our Rock Bottom Ranch Thanksgiving Turkeys. Thank you to all who participated in this special offering! For updates about Rock Bottom Ranch product availablity, programs, and events, sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkeys from Rock Bottom Ranch this holiday season! Our free-range, non-GMO turkeys are Animal Welfare Approved, certifying they were raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards, and have a truly superior taste. Click here to learn more about our sustainably-raised livestock.

Quantities are limited and will be sold first come, first served.  

  • $7.00 per pound + tax
  • Estimated weight: Medium turkey: 15-17 lbs; Large turkey 20-24 lbs
  • Estimated cost: Medium turkey: $100-125; Large turkey: $150-170
  • Pickup at Rock Bottom Ranch on November 21st or 22nd between 9AM and 4PM.
  • Pickup at Hallam Lake on November 22nd between 9AM and 4PM. 

Call or email Jason Smith with questions at 970.927.6760 or jsmith@aspennature.org.

*By placing my order and deposit for a Thanksgiving turkey(s), I agree to pay ACES the remaining outstanding amount for the turkey(s) at pick-up. If I fail to pay in-full and pick-up the turkey(s) by 4:00PM on November 22, 2017, I will forego my deposit and ACES will retain the turkey(s). 
11/08/2017 - 11/22/2017
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