Guided Nature Walks

The perfect introduction to Walking Mountains’ mission and programs! Join us for a free nature tour at various locations across the Eagle River Valley, guided by one of our Naturalists trained in interpretive education. See below for the walks we offer at four different locations!
Vail Mountain Nature Hikes and Vail Creekside Nature Tours are available seasonally

All programs are appropriate for most ages and abilities. Select a program below for more details.

Are you interested in a more immersive experience?

We also offer:

Half-Day Guided Backcountry Hikes
Full-Day Guided Backcountry Hikes
Community Science Hikes
Special Events On The Trail

Private and Custom Guided Hikes

Nature Walk | Avon

Join a Naturalist for a free gentle educational hike through aspen and riparian communities at our Avon location. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment. Come prepared to spend an hour outside with appropriate clothing, hiking shoes and water. All ages. Free!

Daily (6/16 - 10/28) from 2:00 - 3:00pm at the Avon Tang Campus

Early Bird, Bird Walk | Avon

Explore meadows, forests, and riparian areas in search of our many resident birds. Learn about birding, bird identification, and habitats important to our avian friends. All ages. Free!

Mondays and Wednesdays (6/20 - 8/10) from 9-10am at the Avon Tang Campus

Easy Nature Hike | Vail Mountain

Join a trained Naturalist for an educational hike through the forest atop Vail Mountain beginning at the Nature Discovery Center. Most ages and abilities. Free!

Wednesdays- Sundays (6/17 - 9/4) from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Moderate Nature Hike | Vail Mountain

For those looking for a more adventurous time, join us for a more strenuous 2-mile guided hike to explore our mountain ecosystems. Ages 12+. Free!

Wednesdays - Sundays (6/17 - 9/4) from 10:30am - 12:00pm starting at the Nature Discovery Center

Creekside Nature Tours | Vail

Join us for a casual stroll along Vail’s streamside paths to the Vail Nature Center. Tours depart from the Walking Mountains Science Center booth at the Vail Farmers’ Market Sundays throughout the summer.

Sundays 11:00-12:00om & 1:30-2:30PM (6/19 - 10/2) at the Walking Mountains Booth on Meadow Drive at the Vail Farmers Market. 

Meadow Mountain Hikes

Ever wonder what lies within our beautiful mountainous areas? Join a Naturalist on a hike to learn about public lands, flora, fauna, wildlife, and local history. This hike will take place on the Meadow Mountain trail and you will develop skills to prepare for your next adventure into the White River National Forest. Ages 10 and up. Free!

Mondays and Fridays (6/20 - 8/29) at 10:00am - 12:00pm at Meadow Mountain in Minturn

Wildflower Walk | Vail Nature Center

Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist at the Vail Nature Center for a leisurely one-hour walk through the woods and meadows to learn about the flora that carpet the mountains. All ages. Free!

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (6/20–8/11) from 11:30am - 12:30pm at the Vail Nature Center 

Morning Bird Walk | Vail Nature Center

Discover and learn about a breathtaking variety of local birds on a morning walk through the meadows and woods along Gore Creek with a Walking Mountains Naturalist from the Vail Nature Center. All ages. Freee.

Fridays & Saturdays (6/18–8/13) from 9:00–10:00am at the Vail Nature Center