Experience the Castle Creek Valley on horseback. A genuine Colorado cowboy leads your group through the vast aspen meadows as you wind your way to the restaurant for lunch. A truly beautiful way to see the history of the valley, and turn your lunch into an unforgettable experience. Tours leave from the King Cabin at the Ashcroft Ghost town and last approximately 1 hour to the restaurant and 1 hour back to your starting point.
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Hike to Lunch
River Run is one of Aspen’s most stunning hikes, with a 5 star lunch awaiting you at the end. River Run starts at the Ashcroft Ghost Town where you can explore Aspen’s early history ($5 entrance fee) or start across from our King Cabin welcome center for free access. Approximately 1.5 miles and a 40 minute hike to the restaurant. The hike offers beautiful fly fishing opportunities, wildflowers, and stunning views.
Curious about the local Flora and Fauna of the upper Castle Creek Valley? Book a guided tour with one of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies experienced naturalists. The hikes depart from the Catto Center at Toklat, and take visitors through the historic Ashcroft Ghost town, before following the stunning Castle Creek river through Aspen Groves, coniferous forests, and wild flower meadows, taking in the wildlife, the history, and the flora. Tours end with either an A La Carte Lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, or choose to order a Picnic to bring and picnic in one of the stunning meadows at the base of the Elk Mountains. Reservations can be made by called A.C.E.S. at 970-925-5756.