Walking Mountains Science Center
Walking Mountains Science Center provides fun & interactive programs to help you explore your own curious nature. At Walking Mountains, visitors of all ages can explore interactive exhibits or take a nature walk (daily 2pm) with knowledgeable Naturalists to learn more about our spectacular mountain surroundings. They also offer summer science camps, early childhood programs and adult programs like backcountry hikes and field seminars when you want a break from the kids. Call or visit our website for more information. Join a Naturalist for an educational hike through the forest atop Vail Mountain. Learn about summer ecology and animal adaptations as you take in majestic mountain views. Come prepared to spend an hour outside with appropriate clothing, hiking shoes and water. Most ages and abilities, FREE. The Nature Discovery Center is located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead and is open seven days a week. Call or visit our website for program information. Nature Hikes: 11am-12pm | 2-3pm |Hours and schedules subject to change.
Guided Tour– Join a Certified Interpretive Guide instructor on a half-day outing in the White River National Forest. Guests don’t need snowshoe experience, just a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for spending time in the winter environment! Hike and discuss local ecology while spending time among snow-capped peaks and silent winter forests. Ages 14+ $50/person, equipment & transportation provided. Visit the website to register.
Snowshoe Tour– Travel by snowshoes on an educational tour through the forests atop Vail Mountain. Learn about winter ecology & animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic alpine views. Please come prepared to spend an hour outside in the winter environment with snow pants, warm hats, gloves and sturdy boots. Snowshoes are provided. Ages 10+ FREE. Daily | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Schedule subject to change. Please check the website.
Science Center– Visit the free exhibit hall at Walking Mountains Science Center to explore your curious nature. Learn about our local wildlife, watershed, and environment through interactive exhibits or ask a Naturalist all your burning nature questions. Hands-on, rotating demonstrations and beautiful outdoor trails will entertain any age, any interest, any time of year! All ages, donations accepted. Visit www.walkingmountains.org/locations or call 970.827.9725 to learn more. Schedule subject to change. Please check the website.
Naturalist Tour– Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for a gentle, educational hike through aspen forests and streamside communities. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment. Walks will be conducted on snowshoes as necessary depending on snow levels. Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. Snowshoes provided. All ages, FREE. Monday – Saturday | 2pm-3pm. All events and times subject to change. Please check the website.
Tour– Meet the amazing natural characters of Vail Mountain that become more perceptible after the skiers leave. Travel by snowshoe as you learn about the habits of nocturnal animals in the serene evening forest. Please come prepared to spend an hour outside in the winter environment with snow pants, hats, gloves and sturdy boots. Snowshoes are provided. Participants depart from the Nature Discovery Center. Ages 10+ FREE. Schedule and times subject to change. Please check the website.