Catto Center at Toklat


Closed for renovations until spring 2023


11247 Castle Creek Rd., Aspen, CO 81611


NOTICE: The Catto Center at Toklat will be undergoing renovations until summer of 2023. Read more about the project here

About the Catto Center at Toklat

The Catto Center at Toklat was once the family home of one of ACES’ most influential founders, Stuart Mace, and holds great meaning for the Aspen community. Toklat, an Inuit word meaning “headwaters,” was built by Stuart and and his wife Isabel in 1948 as a wilderness lodge and family home. The early dog sledding trips, the pristine sub-alpine environment, and tall tales told around the hearth in the evening drew both locals and visitors from all over the world.

In 2004, with the help of long-time ACES supporters Jessica Hobby Catto and her husband Henry, ACES bought Toklat to preserve Stuart’s legacy and this community touchstone. The Catto Center at Toklat is located near the headwaters of Castle Creek in a dramatic landscape and serves as a gathering place for cultural and ecological discourse. 

While you are here: 

  • Visit with a resident Naturalist.
  • Shop with an Artist-in-Residence.
  • Pull up a chair and relax by Devaney Creek. Talk in the view & contemplate the world.
  • Take a sip of "Toklat water."
  • Walk the Bettie Willard Trail behind Toklat.
  • Listen to the wind. Watch the water. Hug a tree.
  • Dine with the Pine Creek Cookhouse.
  • Stroll through the Ashcroft Ghost Town.
  • Or, for the best of everything, Hire a Guide to explore the Castle Creek Valley on foot!


Learn more about the history of Toklat and Stuart and Isabel Mace here:

Catto Center Artist-in-Residence Program

The artist-in-residence program features the work of master Zapotec weavers, Cold Mountain Craft, Eddie Running Wolf and guest artists.