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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)

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With four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about the local environment year-round. From guided hikes and snowshoe tours to week-long camps to fun events for the whole family, ACES is the hub for environmental education in the region.

In Snowmass, ACES offers daily programming and naturalist-guided tours on Snowmass Mountain. In Aspen, you can visit ACES’ Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen. Further downvalley is Rock Bottom Ranch, a working educational farm halfway between Basalt and Carbondale. If you have a particular adventure in mind, the special Hire-a-Guide program offers many options for private, custom programs with interpretive, first-aid trained guides.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, ACES provides opportunities to learn about ecology, natural history, stewardship and more. For more information and a full listing of offerings please visit www.AspenNature.org or call ACES at 970-925-5756.

Winter 2019/2020 Programming:

Beginning December 16, 2019 through closing day April 19, 2020, join an ACES Naturalist for a two-hour guided snowshoe tour.

Tours begin every day at 10am and 1pm at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. Reservations are not required, tickets are available for purchase at the ticket office at the base of the gondola. Tickets include both the snowshoe tour and day pass – $66 for adults, $46 youth and senior. Guests with season pass or lift ticket can purchase tour tickets at $40 adults, $31 youth and seniors.  


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