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

Hike of the Week: June Creek

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on May 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM
And just like that, hiking season is upon us! For those of you that were in the valley last year--you’ll be aware of how stark a contrast this summer is setting up to be. While our snowpack peaked..
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Topics: Environmental Education, Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Hike of the Week: Endangered Species Week

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on May 12, 2020 8:59:00 AM
What do Colorado’s state animal, Governor Polis, and your backyard trail all have in common? Well, this week, quite a lot actually.   Set to coincide with both Colorado Public Lands Day on May..
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Topics: Environmental Education, Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Hike of the Week: Seasonal Trail Closures

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on May 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM
The seven principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ were developed 25 years ago, along with the Leave No Trace organization, to advocate for responsible recreation and help preserve wild spaces. They are a..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Hike of the Week Trail Challenge: Animal Tracks

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Apr 21, 2020 10:00:00 AM
As I sit here, just beginning to write this week’s ‘Hike of the Week’, I’m serenaded by the songs of what sounds like at least a dozen birds. I just finished reading an article about mountain..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Responsible Recreation

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Apr 1, 2020 2:37:00 PM
Many of us here in the valley do not need to be told about the mental health benefits of time spent in the wilderness. We live here because we experience it on a daily basis. However, since it is..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: Full Moon Snowshoe

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Mar 3, 2020 10:40:00 AM
Another month, another full moon! (funny how that works). This Sunday, March 8th, Walking Mountains Science Center will be hosting our final Full Moon Experience snowshoe, the third in our winter..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: East Lake Creek

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Feb 25, 2020 11:30:00 AM
With light fresh snow falling today, and sunshine in the forecast tomorrow—it’s the perfect time to get out on one of Walking Mountains’ favorite snowshoe trails! East Lake Creek features a..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: Stories in the Snow

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Feb 11, 2020 1:52:12 PM
Have you ever taken the time to read stories in the snow? When we’re ripping through fresh snow at the ski resort, or pushing our heart rates on the skin track (maybe with music blaring through..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: Full Moon Snowshoe

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Feb 5, 2020 1:52:38 PM
Have you ever had the experience of visiting a familiar place, maybe for the 10th or 100th time, and noticing something you’ve never seen before? For me, if I’m paying attention, I get this..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: Tennessee Pass

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jan 21, 2020 10:00:00 AM
Trail Name: Tennessee Pass Tracks.   One of the joys of getting out on the trail in the winter is that everything leaves a track! While many animals migrate south for the winter, spend the cold..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Hike Of The Week: Miller Ranch Open Space

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jan 14, 2020 11:15:00 AM
Trail Name: Miller Ranch Open Space.
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Snowshoe Of The Week: Explore off the Trail

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jan 6, 2020 2:04:00 PM
One of the beautiful aspects of snowshoeing is that it lets us leave our own tracks and exploration isn’t limited by trails. Just like the jackrabbit tracks that seem to aimlessly meander around..
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Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes