ASPEN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ACES runs free naturalist-guided hiking tours from Aspen, Buttermilk, and Snowmass Mountains—and, for a fee, from Ashcroft 11 miles up Castle Creek Road. 970-925-5756; aspennature.org
For gear obsessives, outdoor novices, and everyone in between, the Ute is an outdoors staple among locals and
tourists alike. It also features the best-curated collection of hiking shoes in town. 210 S. Galena St., 970-925-2849; utemountaineer.com
Much more than an outfitter, Taylor Creek
Fly Shop also guides fly-fishers to the area’s best waters depending on the weather and the
season. below: Elk Mountain Expeditions’ raft trips on the Lower
Roaring Fork are perfect for families with young children.