Guided Backcountry Hikes

Join a trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder to discover some of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Vail area that are only accessible via your two feet! Walking Mountains Science Center Guided backcountry hikes operate under special permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management that allow us to experience and learn from public lands like few other Eagle County hiking guide services can offer! Transportation is provided from various locations from Vail to Edwards.

See all the different types of hikes we offer below!

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Fall Color Hikes

September 15 - October 15

Full Day Hikes: Tuesdays & Thursdays | $80/person or $500 for season long membership

Our fall colors full and half-day backcountry hikes highlight the beautiful fall foliage of the Colorado Rockies! Our early September hikes take you into the alpine zone to witness the rusty hues of autumn above tree line. During peak fall foliage (mid-September – mid October) we highlight trails that showcase Colorado’s iconic Aspen forests.

Backyard Backcountry Hike Series

Half Day: Mondays | Free/$10 for transportation to the trail

Join a naturalist guide for a day out on your local trails, and learn a little more about what’s going on in your backyard! This weekly series of half day hikes will help you put on your naturalist caps, and explore everything from the flowers blooming in your backyard, to rugged ecology of Colorado’s alpine, and why mushrooming can such a finicky hobby!

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Citizen Science & Stewardship Hikes

Get your hands dirty, and contribute to real science and stewardship projects going on here in Eagle County! If you’ve ever wondered what research ecologists do out in the field, been interested in citizen science but felt uncomfortable travelling into the backcountry on your own, wondered how trails are designed & built, or wanted to do a little science while out on your hikes, then this series is for you!

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Science Behind on the Trail

Walking Mountains’ popular ‘Science Behind’ series hits the trail! New for summer 2020, join us on a series of hikes that explore the science behind recreation, conservation, and issues local to our valley!

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Join the Hiking Club

Walking Mountains Science Center’s Hiking Club is the ‘seasons pass’ to our summer full day backcountry hikes. Our members hike with us to be a part of a community of hikers & naturalists, to push themselves & discover new trails and peaks, and to ‘put on their naturalist hats’ on the trail!

To join the Hiking Club email hike@walkingmountains.org

Full Day Guided Hikes

June 16 - August 10 

Full Day : Tuesdays & Thursdays | $80/person or $500 for membership

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Join the Walking Mountains’ hiking club for a full day hike on some of the Eagle Valley’s most spectacular trails. Our guides, all Wilderness First Responders and Certified Interpretive Guides, are eager to get you out onto the trail, and share a little about what makes our Mountain landscapes so unique!

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Mountain Lake Hike (Click for dates)
Summits & Passes Hikes (Click for dates)

Private and Custom Hikes

Plan your next gathering on the trail! Custom and private hikes are available for package deals or customization.

Join a Walking Mountains’ interpretive guide and experience Colorado’s backcountry! To submit a private program request, select your desired program length, experience, and group ability level.

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Private Hiking Tours


Wildflower Guide


Hike of the Week


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