Hiking Through History

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Overview

$100/person

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society for a full day of hiking and history as we explore sites with significant relevance to Eagle County history, from prehistoric areas to the wild west!

Guides from Walking Mountains will lead participants to these locations and speak to the geological formations that make these sites significant. Experts, locals, and fellow community members from the Eagle County Historical Society will be on hand to tell the story how American natives and settlers interacted with these sites throughout the years. Join us for stories from the past and a fun, educational day of learning about and from our special valley.

Adults, $100/ person. All proceeds to be split between Walking Mountains Science Center and Eagle County Historical Society. Transportation included from Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Can’t make one of these special events? Click here to view all of the guided hiking options we offer in the summer and fall!

Join the Eagle County Historical Society for a snowshoe history trek on East Brush Creek. Local historian Kathy Heicher will share stories about Ranger Brown, who tended the forest from 1920-1935. Working primarily by himself, Ranger Brown handled tasks including managing grazing allotments for local ranchers, building key trails and roads, building Forest Service cabins, and offices throughout Eagle County, and handling predator control issues involving wolves! Brown also managed the Civilian Conservation Corps camp established in 1940. Come enjoy a half day snowshoe hike while learning about this fascinating character who helped shape many of the trails and forest resources in our valley.

This hike will be a moderate 2.5 mile snowshoe. Snowshoes & poles are provided. Bring a lunch for a post tour picnic at Yeoman Park Campground. The program meets at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon at 9am. If you would like to be picked up in Eagle, please reach out to nathanbr@walkingmountains.org.

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Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society for the next installment of the Hike Through History series. This time, we’ll travel to World War II-era Eagle County and explore what life was like with a booming army city on Tennessee Pass.

Camp Hale is a National Historic Site and is being considered to become the nation’s first National Historic Landscape.  This added designation would help restore the site to its original ecological integrity while improving the history experience of visitors.

The group will meet at Walking Mountains Science Center and take van transportation to Tennessee Pass. Kathy Heicher from the Eagle County Historical Society will help us imagine pre-WWII era Tennessee Pass and the silver mining and ice harvesting that was crucial to the region.

Upon arrival to Camp Hale, we’ll meet up with David Little from the 10th Mountain Division Foundation. Camp Hale was the center of the U.S. Army’s mountain and winter warfare training and home of the 10th Mountain Division unit. David Little is an encyclopedic resource for everything 10th Mountain Division and will take us on a van tour of Camp Hale and its structures. The valley once held over 1,000 structures and had a population of more than 30,000 people – David Little will help bring it to life and let us imagine what life was like in this elite army town. Many of us know the basic story of Camp Hale and the legacy of the 10th Mountain Divison– but there is so much more! Join us for an unforgettable hike through history.

Sweetwater Cave

We’re heading west, like the Ute people once did, to check out the Sweetwater Cave nearby Sweetwater Lake resort. This infamous location is a historical hotspot from Native American’s to infamous gangsters who once called the cave home!

McCoy Fossil Beds

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle Valley Historical Society for a full day of hiking and history as we explore the McCoy Fossil Beds. Guides from Walking Mountains will lead participants to these locations and speak to the geological formations while the Eagle Valley Historical Society will be on hand to tell the story how American natives and settlers interacted with the site throughout the years.

Red Cliff

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society for a full day of hiking and history as we check out an infamous Eagle Valley landmark. The mining town of Red Cliff, established in 1879, was the original county seat of Eagle County, is a history hotspot. Local historians will guide you through the small (but fascinating) museum, introduce you to some intriguing early-day pioneers buried in historic Greenwood Cemetery, and offer insight into the lives of the county’s earliest pioneers.

Fulford

Join Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle County Historical Society for a full day of hiking and history as we check out an infamous Eagle Valley landmark. The locally famous gold mining camp of Fulford was established and 1889, and is home to some of Eagle County’s rich mining history. Local historians will guide you on a hike that will reveal the true story of this one-time booming community’s early day history.

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