Discover the Natural Side of Vail Mountain

Explore an array of natural history exhibits about local wildlife such as ravens, weasels, lynx, and black bears. Nature Hikes and Snowshoe Tours are also offered from the Nature Discovery Center.

The Nature Discovery Center located in a yurt and is accessed via the Eagle Bahn gondola out of Lionshead in Vail, adjacent to the Eagle’s Nest building. All ages welcome, free admission. Click here for directions.

Winter Hours: The Discovery Center is now closed for the 2014/15 winter season.  We’ll be opening for summer 2015 in mid June.

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Programs are offered in partnership between Walking Mountains Science Center, Vail Resorts, and USDA Forest Service.


Summer Programs at Nature Discovery Center
(970) 754-4675 or (970) 827-9725

We’re working on our summer 2015 programs, check back soon!

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Walking Mountains Winter Programs 2014/15

Walking Mountains Science Center
318 Walking Mountains Lane
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 827-9725

Nature Discovery Center
Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Vail Mountain
(970) 754-4675

Vail Nature Center
601 Vail Valley Drive
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 479-2291

USFS Holy Cross Office
Minturn Ranger Station
24747 US Highway 24.
Minturn, CO 81645
(970) 827-5715