Explore Aspen on this half-day snowshoe tour in the beautiful and pristine Castle Creek Valley. Your naturalist guide will share expertise on animals tracking, observing birds, and understanding sub-alpine ecology. Explore the historic ghost town of Ashcroft, then walk through serene spruce and fir forests, open meadows, and peaceful aspen groves on your way to lunch at the spectacular Pine Creek Cookhouse. Tours include unparalleled views, a gourmet lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, snowshoe rental, and Ashcroft trail pass. Ashcroft Tours are offered seven days a week at 10:30am in partnership with Ashcroft Ski Touring/Pine Creek Cookhouse and the United States Forest Service.
- Everyday at 10:30am
- $110/person includes a 4-hour guided tour, snowshoe rental, Ashcroft trail pass, and a gourmet lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse (tax and tip included)
- $70 tour with a-la-carte lunch option is available (you may order off the full Pine Creek Cookhouse lunch menu)
- Meet at the King Yurt at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the round-about.
- A shuttle leaves from the Wheeler Opera House daily at 10am with a $40 per person round-trip, two-person minimum.
- Tours take place on varied terrain at a leisurely pace
- Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended
- Call ACES Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm with any questions
Reservations are necessary - call 970-925-5756 (please dial 0 after hours and leave a message - we will return your call promptly) or request a tour by clicking on the RSVP button below. Requests with less than 24 hour notice, phone calls only.
Ages: All Ages
12/16/2013 - 3/31/2014
We are working to raise $30,000 for a kitchen at Rock Bottom Ranch to support our Farm to Table dinners, cooking classes, and sustainable agriculture production and education. There is a giving level for every budget (from $10 to $10,000). Participate in this crowd-sourced campaign and share the link on Facebook and your other networks to help spread the word. Visit www.rbrkitchen.org for more information and to donate.
12/05/2013 - 1/05/2014
Aspen Sports is raising money for ACES this holiday season!
From November 22 to January 5, 2014, all 16 Aspen Sports stores in Aspen and Snowmass will match 50 cents for every dollar donated (up to $100).
Help raise funds for ACES by spreading the word and by shopping at any Aspen Sports stores in the valley!
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The North Face
Gondola (In Starbucks)
The North Face
Making an end-of the-year gift to ACES anyway?
Stop by any Aspen Sports store listed above to make your donation to ACES and Aspen Sports will match 50% of the donation (up to a $100).
11/22/2013 - 1/05/2014
24 Hours to Give Where You Live
Participate in Colorado Gives Day and support Aspen Center For Environmental Studies!
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 or pre-schedule your donation today to participate in the third annual Colorado Gives Day and support ACES. Donations will qualify for a boost from the FirstBank Incentive Fund to raise more funds for ACES!
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!
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.
ACES is honored to have been chosen by Filson as the beneficiary of their Aspen store openings on December 12th and December 19th
from 3 PM - 7 PM.
15% of all sales during the opening event will benefit ACES, supporting our mission to improve the world through environmental science education.
Join Filson for a complimentary ACES snowshoe tour on Aspen Mountain celebrating the new Aspen store on December 12th and December 19th
at 1 PM.
Join a knowledgeable ACES Naturalist on a two hour guided snowshoe tour on Richmond Ridge. The complimentary tour includes a gondola ride, snack and warm drink, snowshoes, knowledgeable guide and basic snowshoeing instruction. Tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace.
RSVP below for the snowshoe tour. Please make note of which date you'll be attending. Limited space available.
• Tours will leave the Filson store promptly at 1 PM and will arrive back at the store at 3 PM for the opening reception.
• Warm boots are strongly recommended.
• Reservations are required, please RSVP below.
• If you have a Aspen/Snowmass Ski Pass, please bring it with you.
• Tours are limited to ages 7 and up.
12/12/2013 - 12/19/2013
1 PM - 3 PM Snowshoe Tour
3 PM - 7 PM Opening Reception
Join us on Friday evenings, December through March to experience a one-of-a-kind nighttime exploration into the snowy forests of Snowmass Ski Area, where you will learn about mountain ecology under a starry winter sky. Tours leave from the top of the gondola at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Bookend your tour with dinner or a night cap at the favorite Elk Camp restaurant and other fun Ullr Night activities!
Check back for price and date information.
12/20/2013 - 3/28/2014
6:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Elk Camps Meadows, Snowmass Ski Area
Stock up on bird seed for the winter and pick out a discounted Droll Yankee feeder for the birders on your list! Pre-order* your black oil sunflower seed for the season and pick it up at Hallam Lake on Wednesday, December 11, or at Rock Bottom on Thursday, December 12.
50lb bag of black oil sunflower seed, $35+tax
Click here to purchase.
*Orders must be placed by December 6th. Call or email Jim Kravitz with questions at 970-925-5756 or email@example.com.
Olaf the Elf is also visiting ACES that Wednesday, December 11th from 4pm - 5:30pm, bring the whole family! Click here for more details.
Sven the Elf is also visiting Rock Bottom Ranch that Thursday, December 12 from 4pm - 5:30, bring the whole family! Click here for more details.
The Annual Christmas Bird Count is on Sunday, December 15th. Click here for more details.
11/15/2013 - 12/06/2013
9 am - 5 pm
Hallam Lake & Rock Bottom Ranch
Join us at Hallam Lake in the heart of Aspen to enjoy ACES during the holidays! Our Boxing Day open house will include: guided snowshoe tours around the preserve, hot chocolate, mulled cider, wine, snacks and more! Don't miss the early evening "air show" of waterfowl coming to spend the night at Hallam Lake, explore the center, learn about ACES and enjoy the warmth of a small bonfire, the pleasure of good company and the beautiful setting of Hallam Lake!
This event is free and open to the public.
Part of ACRA's 12 Days of Aspen
Free Non Members
3:30PM - 6:30PM
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies invites you to help count birds in the Aspen area during the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Birders of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important census that has helped assess the health of bird populations and guided conservation action since 1900. Across the Western Hemisphere, over 50,000 people count birds during local count events, many making the adventure of winter birding a seasonal tradition. Other ways to participate, in addition to the count day, are: feeder watching, owling, and count-week observations, including our Birding with ACES class on December 3rd at Hallam Lake. We hope you'll join ACES birding expert Rebecca Weiss for this important citizent science event!
Free Non Members
8 am - 4 pm
Celebrate the coming of winter with Sven, an elf who visits Rock Bottom Ranch every winter! Sven invites all children for a magical winter afternoon feeding the ranch animals and making holiday crafts.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.
Free Non Members
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Rock Bottom Ranch