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!

Fall Color Hikes

September-October

Full Day Hikes: Mondays & Thursdays | $80/person, ages 14+
Half-Day Hikes: Tuesdays | $30/person, ages 12+

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.

Full Day Guided Hikes

June-August | Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays | $80/person, ages 14+

Each week we offer three distinct hiking experiences as well as easy, intermediate, and difficult hikes for every ability level! Click the links to see where you can explore with our guides.

Monday Mountain Lake Hikes
Tuesday Guide's Choice Hikes
Thursday Alpine Summits & Passes Hikes

Piney Lake Family Adventures

Wednesdays | July-August

Join a Walking Mountains guide for a fun and educational 2-hour hike along the Piney River, followed by time to enjoy the historic Piney River Ranch. Opportunities at Piney include horseback riding, canoeing & lunch at Piney Lodge & Restaurant (added cost applies). Transportation to and from Piney from Vail & Avon is provided.

$40 for adults (17+) & $25 for children (8-16)

Private Hiking Tours


Wildflower Guide


Hike of the Week


Join our Hiking Club