Mountain Mayhem: Snowmass Nature Hikes

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
ACES Naturalist Jeb Hines shares wisdom on the trail.
ACES Naturalist Emily Taylor proudly presents ACES’ new book, The Hidden Life Around Us.
A healthy picnic lunch with provisions from local purveyors and restaurants including kale quinoa salad from Silverpeak Grill.
A hearty pack of hikers on a recent media nature trek and gourmet picnic lunch.
A guided ACES hike on Snowmass’ Nature Trail.
Gourmet granola from Mawa’s Kitchen on the picnic table.
Wayfinding in Snowmass.
Perfect, fresh fallen snow conditions for a nature hike.

In partnership with Snowmass Tourism, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) introduced a variety of educational and fun tours on their Nature Trail. These free, guided treks are led by ACES Naturalists who share knowledge about wildlife and the ecosystem, pointing out snowshoe hare tracks, where elk antlers have been shed and more. I recently joined for a media nature trek and gourmet picnic planned by both hosts, taking a Thursday morning walk in the woods with a delicious lunch awaiting us at the end. I’d recommend adding to this adventure to your calendar this spring. Tours depart daily from the ticket pavilion on the Snowmass Mall at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn more online at