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“Excellent nature hike (aka "Ice Age Discovery Walk), a must for kids and families!!”

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We came up to Snowmass to check out the Ice Age Discovery Center and find out more about the dig that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science recently showcased with their Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit. The center is located at the Snowmass Village Mall - very conveniently located at the top of the Gondola. The Mall has lots of good restaurants and stores, too. Staff were friendly and informative. They offer a free nature hike at 10am and 1pm. We took the 1pm nature hike with Rachel, a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and she was excellent. We took a 2+ hour hike from the trailhead just across from the center and we were immediately transported into a cornucopia of wild flowers, land slugs, conifers, spruces, aspens, etc. Rachel talked about the discovery at Ziegler Reservoir that led to a massive fossil dig involving the Denver Museum and all sorts of scientists. Our kids thought she was terrific, and we learned so much about the native plants and flowers. This hike is a must see! We bought a book called "“Digging Snowmastodon” written by the lead paleontologists Drs. Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller. It's a funny, easy to read book packed with facts, details and pictures. Truly a must purchase. We were so impressed with Rachel that we're going to check out ACES tomorrow in Aspen - they apparently have summer camps for kids and we may have to plan one for next summer. Enjoy!

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Staff were knowledgeable and friendly! Loved all the history. The center is small but very interesting!

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