Winter Naturalist Tours

ACES is currently able to offer guided hikes according to federal, state, and local public health orders.

Experience the mountains around Aspen with an ACES Naturalist. Our guides know the area and have a wealth of stories and information to share about wildlife and history of the area.

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Snowshoe Nature Tours

Snowshoe with an ACES Naturalist! Snowshoeing is a great winter activity to explore the Roaring Fork Valley.  Snowshoe tours include snowshoes and Naturalist guides to identify animal tracks, teach mountain ecology, and help you feel more connected to nature, even in winter. Dress in warm, waterproof boots then strap on our snowshoes to explore on mountain, to a scenic lunch spot, or adventure around town. Book a private tour (see below), or book a daily tour through


On-Mountain Snowshoe Tours

Join us on Aspen Mountain or at Snowmass for a daily snowshoe tour Dec 14 - April 16. Prices: $71 Adults, $52 Youth (7-17 years) and Seniors (over 65 years). If you have your own lift ticket, tour prices are: $42 Adults, $33 Youth & Senior. Tour price includes gondola ride, snowshoes, knowledgeable guide, and basic snowshoeing instruction. Purchase tickets at any Aspen Snowmass ticket office. These tours are limited to 10 people.

Aspen Mountain

Weave in and out of 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, and winter habitats.

Tours depart from the top of the Silver Queen Gondola at 10am and 1pm daily.

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Snowmass Mountain

Explore spruce and fir forests along a babbling creek in the Snowmass Ski Area on this two-hour guided snowshoe tour with a Naturalist. Learn about Rocky Mountain winter ecology, animals, and more as you discover the area and enjoy the silence of a snow-covered forest.

Tours depart from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola at 10am and 1pm daily.

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Ashcroft Snowshoe Tour

Our winter Ashcroft Tour has it all: After a jaunt through the silver mining ghost town of Ashcroft, wander along Castle Creek, through meadows, and take in spectacular big sky views. This tour includes a gourmet prefix lunch at the famed Pine Creek Cookhouse for $100 ($125 Dec. 23 - Jan 3). Prices: $75 for guide, rental, and trails pass ($100 if no lunch at PCCH).  $100 lunch is charged separately through the Pine Creek Cookhouse in advance with 100% nonrefundable deposit. Meet your guide at the Ashcroft King Cabin at 10am, have lunch at 11:45am at the PCCH, and expect the tour to end at 2:30pm. Please call 970.925.5756 to book.

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Book a Private Snowshoe Tour

Looking for a different adventure? Hire a private Naturalist guide to take you to any of the locations above or explore Hunter Creek, North Star Nature Preserve, the Rio Grande trail, and more.  Private tours are $60/hr for groups of 10 or less, with a 2hr minimum. 48-hours notice for reservations required. Tours include knowledgeable guide and snowshoes.

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Snowmass Trek

New to 2020! Trek through the Snowmass Nature Trail this winter with an ACES Naturalist.  Tours leave from the Mall Ticket Pavilion located in the upper Snowmass Village Mall at 10am and 1pm.  Spend 2 hours learning local winter ecology while walking with the aid of YakTrak traction devices that go over the bottom of your favorite winter shoes.  This tour is free courtesy of Snowmass Tourism.

Free Snowmass Ski Tour!

Take a break from tearing it up to ski with a Naturalist.  Naturalists lead a 45 min nature tour down green and blue runs from the Wapiti Wildlife Center near the top of the Elk Camp lift daily at 11am and 1pm.  Spot snowshoe hare tracks, see who has been eating tree bark, and see how nature utilizes the ski resort.

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ACES is a permitted outfitter guide through the US Forest Service White River National Forest.