Aspen Center For Enviromental Studies

Aspen Center For Enviromental Studies

aspen center for enviromental studies

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, birdlife, 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. Following lunch, you’ll meander through peaceful aspen groves on your return to the King Cabin.

About the Tour

  • Offered every day at 10:00AM. Meet at the King Cabin at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center, located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road from the roundabout.
  • 3.5 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.
  • Two-person minimum required to run the tour.
  • Cost includes round trip guide, snowshoe rental and trail pass are additional. Lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse is $55/person for two course lunch (doesnt include beverages, tax or 20% service charge)


  • Reservations are required.
  • Call ACES at 970.925.5756 during open hours (Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM) to book. Alternatively, email [email protected].
  • After hours, please dial 0 and leave a detailed message; we will confirm your reservation the next business day.
  • 48-hours notice recommended for tour reservations.
  • To join a snowshoe tour with multiple parties, the cost to your party is $250. To book a private tour for just your party, the price is $500.

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

Ashcroft Ghost Town is managed by the Aspen Historical Society.