Location:

11247 Castle Creek Rd.
Aspen, CO 81611

Hours:

Closed for renovations until spring 2023

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're Here

Visit with a resident Naturalist.

Visit with a resident Naturalist.

Shop with an Artist-in-Residence.

Shop with an Artist-in-Residence.

Pull up a chair and relax by Devaney Creek.

Pull up a chair and relax by Devaney Creek.

Take a sip of “Toklat water.”

Take a sip of “Toklat water.”

Walk the Bettie Willard Trail behind Toklat.

Walk the Bettie Willard Trail behind Toklat.

Listen to the wind. Watch the water. Hug a tree.

Listen to the wind. Watch the water. Hug a tree.

Dine with the Pine Creek Cookhouse.

Dine with the Pine Creek Cookhouse.

Stroll through the Ashcroft Ghost Town.

Stroll through the Ashcroft Ghost Town.

Private Naturalist-Guided Tours

Private Naturalist-Guided Tours

Hire a Naturalist guide for your hiking or educational experience exploring the mountains around Aspen. Our guides know the area and have a wealth of stories and information to share about wildlife, history, and ecology. Private guided options are perfect for individuals, families, or groups. Email guide@aspennature.org and we will help you determine what hike is best for you. ACES is a permitted outfitter guide through the US Forest Service White River National Forest.

Artist-in-Residence Program

Elena Gonzalez Ruiz

The Magic of the Zapotec Hand

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Trevor Washko

Cold Mountain Craft

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Hallam Lake

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Rock Bottom Ranch

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