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 available seasonally

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

Interested in a more immersive experience?

We also offer:

Backyard Backcountry Hikes
Science Behind “On The Trail”
Community Science & Stewardship Hikes
Half and full-day guided backcountry hikes!
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.

Nature StoryWalk® - Avon

Read a new book each week and take a nature walk to explore how these stories come to life. For ages 5-10 years old.

Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm at the Avon Tang Campus

Fall Nature Walks - Vail

Discover and learn about how life in the mountains changes with the seasons on an hour long walk through the meadows and woods of the Vail Nature Center.

Mondays -  Saturdays | 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Vail Nature Center

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.

Mondays and Fridays from 9-10am at Avon Tang Campus

Guided Nature Hike - Vail Mountain

Join trained Naturalist for a leisurely hour-long nature hike on top of Vail Mountain where you will be treated to incredible views and the chance to spot local wildlife.

Wednesdays- Sundays from 11:00am-12:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm 

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 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.

Mondays and Fridays at 10:00am - 12:00pm at Meadow Mountain in Minturn