Free 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 Mountaintop 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 half and full day guided backcountry hikes!

Avon Nature Walks

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.

Daily | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Vail Mountain Nature Hikes

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.

Daily | 11:00 am-12:00 pm & 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Vail Mountain Evening Hikes

Enjoy an evening hike on Vail Mountain as the sun starts to set and wildlife become more active. Learn about the habits of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals who make the mountains their home. Take in beautiful mountain views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges at dusk.

Thursdays-Saturdays | 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

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 & Fridays | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Vail Creekside Nature Tours

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 am-12:00 pm & 1:30 pm-2:30 pm