Nature Programs

Nature Programs at Aspen Snowmass

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Join naturalists from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for a free nature hike or walk at Snowmass or Aspen Mountain. Naturalists will share tips on wildflowers, tracking animals, observing birds and understanding the sub-alpine community.

Please note: Weather can change rapidly; please dress appropriately.

Aspen Mountain Hike

Aspen Mountain nature
ACES naturalists lead these free, 45-minute walks along Richmond Ridge from the top of Aspen Mountain. Learn about the native trees, birds and animals that thrive in the high-alpine environment, as well as mining history on the mountain. The hike covers 1 mile and only 100 feet in elevation gain, making it a great introduction to hiking in the Rockies.

  • Where: Meet at the top of Silver Queen Gondola, Aspen Mountain
  • When: Daily on the hour from 11am–3pm, June 18 - September 5

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Snowmass Guided Hikes

Snowmass nature
Enjoy two guided hikes with a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) this summer. The Wildflower Hike begins at 10am and will last approximately two hours along the beginner-friendly nature trail. Explore the diverse flora and fauna as you weave through alpine meadows and forests. The Ice Age Hike begins at 1pm and will last 2 hours on the Discovery Trail. Learn about the incredible ice age discovery as you hike adjacent to the dig site.

  • Where: Meet outside in the Snowmass Mall
  • When: Daily at 10 am and 1 pm, June 18 - September 5

Extended Lift Hours for All Mountains Starting March 1

  • Aspen Mountain: Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and FIS Lifts will operate until 4:00 p.m. The last ride down on Silver Queen Gondola will be 4:30 p.m.
  • Highlands: Exhibition Lift will operate until: 4:00 p.m. Loge Peak will operate until 3:30 p.m.
  • Buttermilk: Summit Express will operate until 4:00 p.m.
  • Snowmass: Big Burn and Elk Camp Gondola will operate until 4:00 p.m. The Village Express Lift will operate until 4:00 p.m. to the summit and until 4:15 p.m. to the mid-point.
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