Located near Centura Health in Avon right off of I-70. An innovative natural science learning campus for residents and visitors of the Eagle Valley. Free and open to the public.

318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain out of Lionshead Village, Vail. All visitors must have a pass to ride the gondola. Free and open to the public with valid gondola pass.
Nestled along Gore Creek near the Betty Ford Alpine Garden and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village.
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Walking Mountains Blog

Fresh off the Trail: Fairy Slipper Wildflower Sighting

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jun 15, 2017 4:48:05 AM
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Welcome to the first installment of Walking Mountains Science Center’s Blooming Blog! Check back throughout the season to find out what is blooming where and what elevation and trails have the most impressive blooms! Its Orchid season in Colorado’s high country and that means the forest floor is littered with Fairy Slippers, Calypso Bulbosa. Look for these along Cross Creek trail and in wet shady areas in Maloit Park. But be Careful! These fragile flowers are extremely susceptible to disturbance like boot prints and puppy paws!

When you participate in one of our guided backcountry hikes not only are you exploring new areas of the Eagle Valley, you’re doing it with someone who really knows their stuff! Peter, our backcountry guru who dilligently reports back from the trail about current blooms is not only a trail expert, but also knows a ton about local flora and fauna! Click here to sign up for a hike led by him and see all of Colorado’s unique blooms in person.

2017 Full Day Hikes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays (6/6 – 9/1)
Tuesdays & Fridays (9/5 – 10/31)

2017 Family Hikes (6/8-10/5)
Summer Hikes: Thursdays | 9:00am – 1:00pm (6/8-8/31)
Fall Color Hikes: Wednesday & Thursdays | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (9/6-10/5)

Click here to see the detailed hiking schedule and register for your adventure today!


Topics: Wildflower Update, Fresh Off The Trail

Walking Mountains Science Center

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Our mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education.