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: Tennessee Pass and Camp Hale

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Sep 17, 2019 2:00:00 PM
As the aspens outside the window by my desk here at Walking Mountains Science Center are only just starting to show hints of yellow, it’s clear that fall is taking its time to arrive this year...
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Hike Of The Week: Martin Creek

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Sep 10, 2019 2:15:00 PM
Trail Name: Martin Creek Although days have been remaining hot, cooler morning are a daily reminder that fall is right around the corner. In some of the higher elevations, you can even start to..
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Hike Of The Week: Mystic Island

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Sep 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM
Trail Name: Mystic Island Mystic Island Lake and Lake Charles offer moderate hikes to a pair of stunning alpine lakes. Accessed from Brush Creek road, near Eagle, these lakes are a slightly..
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Hike Of The Week: Whitney Peak

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Aug 27, 2019 2:09:00 PM
Trail Name: Whitney Peak Whitney Peak is an extension of last week’s Hike of the Week on the Seven Sisters Lakes and is one of the best all-around peak hikes in the Eagle River Valley. For those..
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Hike Of The Week: Seven Sisters Lakes

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Aug 20, 2019 1:27:00 PM
Trail Name: Seven Sister Lakes There are dozens of stunning alpine lakes to found in the mountains surrounding Vail. The East Vail trails all lead to spectacular destinations, if you can put up..
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Hike Of The Week: Machinegun Ridge

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Aug 13, 2019 1:22:00 PM
Trail Name: Machinegun Ridge Alpine flowers are finally coming into their peak in the Eagle River Valley, and there is no better place to find them than Machine Gun Ridge. This moderate hike..
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Hike Of The Week: Mulhall Lakes

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Aug 6, 2019 1:19:00 PM
Trail Name: Mulhall Lakes Last week found the hiking guides at Walking Mountains Science Center scrambling for a plan B. Our scheduled hike, the ever popular Missouri Lakes Loop, is currently..
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Hike Of The Week: Iron Edge Loop

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jul 30, 2019 1:14:00 PM
Trail Name: Iron Edge Loop If you had to pick one hike in the Eagle Valley to experience a little of everything our mountains have to offer, the Iron Edge Loop would have to be that hike. Located..
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Hike Of The Week: Nolan Lake

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jul 23, 2019 2:46:00 PM
Trail Name: Squaw Creek While many of the high alpine lakes in the Vail area remain covered in snow and ice, Nolan Lake near Fulford is ice free and ready for a mid-summer dip! 
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Hike Of The Week: Squaw Creek

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jul 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Trail Name: Squaw Creek Summer is in full swing here in the Eagle River Valley, and there’s no better way to escape the heat than to head to the mountains. The Squaw Creek trail outside of Edwards..
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Hike Of The Week: Bighorn Creek

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jul 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Trail Name: Bighorn Creek As we turn the calendar from June to July, our mountains couldn’t look any more different than last year. Along with the noticeable lack of a smoky haze obscuring our..
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Hike Of The Week: Stagg Gulch

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jun 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Trail Name: Stagg Gulch With less than a week until the summer solstice, Colorado’s high country remains more reminiscent of January than late June. While our snowpack, currently over 1,000% above..
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