Vail Nature Center/Walking Mountains

Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist on a guided tour along the riparian corridor of Vail’s beautiful Gore Creek! Participants meet at the Walking Mountains’ farmers market booth and leave for one-hour long tours at 11am and 1:30pm. Tours are free, but donations are always appreciated. You can also visit our booth to learn about our 2014 summer and sustainability programs.

Walking Mountains Science Center manages three locations, all of which run summer programs for families, kids and adults – the Science Center in Avon, the Vail Nature Center and the Nature Discovery Center atop Vail Mountain. For program times and dates, please see our 2014 Summer Programs brochure online.

Walking Mountains Science Center
Located in the heart of Avon, the Science Center is the perfect place to bring the family for an afternoon of respite and nature exploration. Visit our exhibit hall to learn about our valley’s geologic history and mountain life cycles. Enjoy one of our many programs – nature walks, hikes, astronomy, preschool programs, science behind programs and more! Or just stop by to experience our beautiful grounds and interpretive trails – one of the valley’s best spots for a picnic or lunch break with stunning Beaver Creek views! Open 9am to 5pm Daily. (970) 827-9725

The Vail Nature Center
A log cabin perched between an alpine meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility, in the heart of Vail, is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond hikes, as well as the Vail Hiking Club. Classes in the art and photography of nature or fly fishing are available. They even offer stargazing after dark or an opportunity to experience Vail’s stunning backcountry. With such a wide variety of offerings, The Nature Center is open seven days per week Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, plus winter on a limited basis. (970) 479-2291

Nature Discovery Center
Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain, guests can visit the Nature Discovery Center yurt to learn about the animals and plants of the rocky mountains. Free naturalist guided, nature tours leave the yurt daily at 11am and 2pm. Or visit our naturalists in the yurt for an in-depth introduction to some of our area predators and those that sustain them! Open Sunday-Wednesday, 10am to 6pm and Thursday-Saturday, 10am to 9pm. (970) 754-4675