2018 Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:00 am-1:00 pm | $50/person | Ages 14+
Join an instructor trained as a Certified Interpretive Guide on these leisurely half-day outings in the White River National Forest. Snowshoes are provided, but guests must bring their own sense of wonder and enthusiasm for spending time in the winter environment! We will hike and discuss the ecology of natural systems while spending time amongst snowcapped peaks and silent winter forests. Click here to learn about our FREE one-hour snowshoes.
All snowshoe tours depart from Walking Mountains Science Center’s Avon campus. Click here for directions.
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- Thurs. February 1st, 2018 – The program for this date is full. Please select another day.
- Tues. February 6th, 2018
- Thurs. February 8th, 2018
- Tues. February 13th, 2018
- Thurs. February 15th, 2018 – The program for this date is full. Please select another day.
- Tues. February 20th, 2018 – The program for this date is full. Please select another day.
- Thurs. February 22nd, 2018
- Tues. February 27th, 2018
Walking Mountains Science Center and Icebreaker have partnered to bring a snowshoe series to the Eagle Valley. Inspired by sustainable fabrics and the science of heat loss in winter, these programs are designed to educate participants on how the local ecology manages during the cold winter months, and the inspiration humans have taken from nature that allows us to stay cozy as well!
January 6th Icebreaker Snowshoe and Base Layer Demo
When: Saturday, January 6th | 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Departing from Icebreaker Touchlab in Vail
Join guides from Walking Mountains and brand ambassadors from Icebreaker for a free, educational snowshoe tour of local gem Meadow Mountain. Snowshoes, poles, and transportation for the first 14 participants provided from the Icebreaker Touchlab in Vail (we are able to host a total of 25 snowshoers and will provide directions to the trailhead if transportation is unavailable). Limited spots are available so please register early!
January 15th Icebreaker Snowshoe and Base Layer Demo
When: Monday, January 15th | 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Departs from Icebreaker Touchlab in Vail
Join guides from Walking Mountains and brand ambassadors from Icebreaker for a free, educational snowshoe tour of local gem Iron Mountain. Snowshoes, poles, and transportation for the first 14 participants provided from the Icebreaker Touchlab in Vail (we are able to host a total of 25 snowshoers and will provide directions to the trail-head if transportation is unavailable). Limited spots are available so please register early!
January 20th Icebreaker Snowshoe Run with Josiah Middaugh
When: Saturday, January 20th | 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Where: Departs from Icebreaker Touchlab in Vail
Join naturalists from Walking Mountains and world champion athlete Josiah Middaugh on a free, gentle snowshoe run through local forests followed by a round of hot chocolate in the Icebreaker Vail store. Snowshoes, poles, and transportation provided for the first 14 participants provided. Limited spots available so please register early!
February 9th Icebreaker Evening Snowshoe
Join Walking Mountains’ naturalists and brand ambassadors from Vail’s Icebreaker store for a free educational snowshoe night hike on the beautiful White River National Forest. Owl sightings likely but not guaranteed! Snowshoes and poles will be provided by Walking Mountains Science Center and transportation is available for the first 14 participants. Click here to register.
Have a wedding, birthday party, or corporate event this winter? Contact Peter Suneson, Walking Mountains Science Center Community Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com to schedule at private snowshoe excursion!
Click here to read a blog post about one of our snowshoeing participants’ experience on our program!
We really enjoyed our first snowshoeing experience and would definitely do it again if we are ever out in the area again. It was probably our favorite part of the Colorado trip.
Please note: This program will take place on one of the eight trails described below. Hikes are not scheduled for specific trails ahead of time. This allows your snowshoe guide flexibility in choosing the trail with the best conditions that day. If you have a preference for one of the trails described below, email Peter Suneson at firstname.lastname@example.org with what date you plan on attending and which trail you are interested in exploring. We will make every attempt to accommodate requests but are limited by permit days and trail conditions!
Join us in our very own backyard for an exciting trip up the hills overlooking Avon and Walking Mountain Science Center campus. Departing from Buck Creek Road, just above Walking Mountains’ campus, this trail crosses over Buck Creek a few times as it winds up to a junction with Red and White Road. At the end of your trek will be rewarded with a unique vantage point of the valley!
East Lake Creek
A very popular trail out of the Edwards area, the Lake Creek drainage provides great views of New York Mountain and historic abandoned mines. Beavers are especially busy in the area and have caused many parts of the drainage to become swampy and abundant with Douglas Fir and other wildlife. The full trail is over 12 miles long, so we’ll snowshoe until we’re tired and then turn around!
The Iron Mountain 4×4 road passes through a popular bouldering area, known to locals as Fragglerock, and takes snowshoers up to the historic Redcliff cemetery. From the Redcliff overlook the trail climbs Iron Mountain, named for the ore once extracted from the area, and summits the hill for spectacular panoramas. This is a moderate to difficult trek but views of the sleepy and secluded town of Redcliff make it worthwhile!
Home to the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, Maloit Park and the adjoining Forest Service trails make for an excellent and easy day of snowshoeing. Trails wind through the area and we regularly see the next generation of Olympic hopefuls skating by on Nordic skis.
New Trail: Martin Creek
The trail climbs steadily as it follows an old road through aspen and then lodgepole. The trail passes the remains of several old cabins and offers good views of Cross Creek Valley and Mount of the Holy Cross. This is a moderate trail that is regarded as a local gem, off the beaten path in sleepy Minturn!
A recreational hotspot that is also home to the United States Forest Service Minturn Ranger Station, the Meadow Mountain trail winds its way from the valley bottom, once a lucrative lettuce farm, up to an aspen forest. A popular and easy trail, this snowshoeing location is perfect for those looking to learn more about the history of the area while enjoying views of the backside of Vail mountain.
The Squaw Creek trail begins at Squaw Creek Road in Edwards and ends at Salt Creek Trail #1878. The trail starts with a steep climb through aspen groves but becomes more gradual as you pass ranch property below. The trail follows an old road up the Squaw Creek drainage before turning back into singletrack, crossing several meadows.
Discover a brand new trail system on Walking Mountains’ newest property along the Colorado River. The Sweetwater property has the “high desert” feel with abundant sage, numerous turkeys, and incredible geology visible from the trails. This location is perfect for mid-season when the snow on other, more popular trail systems, has been packed down. This location won’t always have snow, but when it does, it’s bound to be gorgeous!