Free Snowshoe Experiences

Although the aspen leaves are gone and many animals migrate or hibernate during the winter months, Walking Mountains Science Center’s free snowshoe hikes are the perfect way to discover nature’s resilience! Whether you are looking to explore the quiet, snowy Colorado backcountry or looking to escape the busy ski slopes, our free snowshoe hikes are perfect for curious visitors and locals alike.

We offer daily free snowshoes from two different locations, click below for more details on the program you are interested in!

Looking for a more immersive experience? We also offer full day Guided Snowshoe Hikes!

Free Guided Snowshoe Tours

Travel by snowshoes on an educational tour through the forests atop of Vail Mountain. Learn about winter ecology and animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic mountain views. Ages 10 and up.

Daily | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Nature Discovery Center / Vail Mountain

Family Snowshoe Exploration

Introduce your little ones to North America’s first sport, snowshoeing! A Naturalist will take you on a gentle walk and introduce the family to winter nature on the mountain. Designed for families with children ages 4-9.

Daily | 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Nature Discovery Center / Vail Mountain

Evening Snowshoe Tours

Meet the amazing natural characters of Vail Mountain that become more perceptible after the skiers leave. Ages 10 and up.

Tuesdays-Saturdays | 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Nature Discovery Center / Vail Mountain

Avon Nature Walk

Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for a gentle, educational hike through aspen forests and streamside communities. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment.

Monday-Saturday | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Avon Tang Campus / Walking Mountains Science Center