Walking Mountains Science Center

Walking Mountains Science Center

Walking Mountains Science Center
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding, and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs. We invite you to come explore your curious nature with us!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kelly F
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun And Informative
    My husband and I really enjoyed our walking tour with our friendly and knowledgeable guide, Tayler. She pointed things out to us on the trail that we would never have noticed on our own. The hike was easy, even if you are older or out of shape. I highly recommend taking this informative hike if you are in the area. There is something to see in every season.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Bradley S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beaver Ponds Tour
    Pierce was our guide for this twighlight experience. We met in a trailhead parking lot just east of Vail at 7 PM. Pierce was a fantastic guide, giving our group local information , then taking us on a 10 minute east hike to the beaver ponds. Sure enough, we saw 3 grown big beavers and two babies swimming around the gorgeous pond. Pierce let us understand how they lived and survived, a great experience!! Well done Vail walking adventures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Ccherbonnier
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beaver tour is a must do!
    We took the evening beaver pond tour. We saw at least three beavers. Pierce, our guide, was also excellent. He taught my children, 12 and 14, many interesting things about beavers. If you have the opportunity to do this, it is a must. You could tell he enjoyed giving the tour and even kept our hope up when we thought we wouldn’t see any beavers. My family had the an amazing time seeing these incredible creatures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • SL D
    Plainfield, New Jersey21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and easy nature walk
    Our guide for the afternoon nature walk, Reese, was so knowledgeable! Some people had a lot of questions and he answered every one. His talk about local animals and plants and how they adapt to the snow was geared to be interesting and fun for both younger and older walkers. He also carried a good choice of props to illustrate his points; the young kids were especially thrilled to hold the animal pelts - weasel, deer and moose. We also appreciated that the Science Center had "yak traks" to lend; they were helpful for walkers like me who didn't have good trail boots.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Stan L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An outing for the whole family
    We arrived a little bit early and were very impressed with the exhibits displayed in the Science Center. The walking tour was led by, Reese. He did a great job establishing a rapport with the group and engaging everyone in the fascinating details found on the grounds and throughout the great state of Colorado. I highly recommend this tour for the whole family.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Trek782024
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Walking Mountains Tour in Avon, CO
    Great walking tour with Reese. He was informative, friendly , knowledgeable. We went with our family and it was our first time on a winter walk of this type. Reese pointed out all kinds of interesting information on our walk and kept us all engaged. He talked about and showed us the squirrel collecting their winter stash. We learned about how certain animals deal with the weather, ie the hibernators, relocators and resistors. His information on the Aspens was extremely informative. Thanks!!!!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Brian F
    Baltimore, Maryland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thanks Walking Mountains & Reese!
    Walking Mountains Science Center was a great experience. While only a short walk from 'downtown' Avon, it holds beautiful grounds, quality facilities and extremely helpful staff. I participated in the free Nature Walk on the grounds, and our guide Reese gave us an great experience -- informative, easy going, and accommodating. I will have to budget more time next visit to try out one of the other Walking Mountains tours they offer!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 10, 2024
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Rachel S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had so much fun snowshoeing at the Walking Mountains Science Center. I actually can't believe the tour was free, because I found other tours that were charging $130+! All we had to purchase was a $50 sightseeing gondola pass (which was a fun experience itself) to get to the top of the mountain. We met our guide, Carli E., at the Science Center and she led us on a ~1hr long tour, teaching us about the wildlife and the mountains. It was BEAUTIFUL, educational, a slight workout, and so much fun!! Carli was amazing and so helpful, answering all of our questions. Would highly recommend for a budget-friendly sightseeing option!
Written March 10, 2022
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Maryellen
Lincolnwood, IL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Wonderful walking tour of Gore Creek in Vail this summer (July 2022) led by naturalist Charlie. He did an excellent job of keeping the adults and my 9 and 11-year old daughters engaged and even had then participate when he was explaining the environmental science of the area. More than worthwhile—we learned so much and had fun!
Written September 29, 2022
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Stan L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We arrived a little bit early and were very impressed with the exhibits displayed in the Science Center. The walking tour was led by, Reese. He did a great job establishing a rapport with the group and engaging everyone in the fascinating details found on the grounds and throughout the great state of Colorado. I highly recommend this tour for the whole family.
Written February 1, 2024
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Travelpsych33
Boston, MA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
I took the eagle bahn gondola up the mountain in vail and met up with Tayler for the free snowshoe experience. I signed up for the 10:30 walk and the gondola line had a pretty long wait (20-30 min) so I would advise getting there early. I had never snowshoed before. Tayler was an excellent guide as she helped me get suited up and we went and took a nice hour and 15 min walk exploring the snow, forest and looking for signs of animals. The views across the valley were beautiful and Tayler was a great guide who shared lots of interesting information about the mountain. She had such a nice calm presence too. It was a great time. Highly recommend it!
Written January 5, 2023
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SL D
Plainfield, NJ21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Our guide for the afternoon nature walk, Reese, was so knowledgeable! Some people had a lot of questions and he answered every one. His talk about local animals and plants and how they adapt to the snow was geared to be interesting and fun for both younger and older walkers. He also carried a good choice of props to illustrate his points; the young kids were especially thrilled to hold the animal pelts - weasel, deer and moose.
We also appreciated that the Science Center had "yak traks" to lend; they were helpful for walkers like me who didn't have good trail boots.
Written November 28, 2023
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Hadley
Heidelberg, Germany283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This FREE little community resource offers two very easy hiking loops and also a longer and steep trail up to the ridge, as well as a few signs along the loops and some nice little exhibits and clean restrooms in the buiilding and picnic tables outside but in the shade. The staff member was super nice...this is a good place to stop for an hour or so.
Written June 16, 2021
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Laura
Columbus, OH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I did not ski this year but still wanted up on the mountain. I tried out the free snowshoe guided trip and was very pleased with my experience. There was a charge for the gondola ride up the mountain, so the experience was not free, but it was well worth the cost of the scenic mountain gondola ride. My guide was Sarah N, but I also interacted with Carly, Cassie and Taylor - everyone was so friendly and helpful. Sarah made the experience so easy - I had never snowshoed before - and she had really interesting information about the mountain ecology. I will be back!
Written March 7, 2022
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SueSheeNJ
Princeton, NJ93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Tyler was an enthusiastic and informative guide. Hes exactly what you'd hope for: a graduate degree holder committed to outdoor adventures and education. He led our group on a great tour, well worth the $30 donation to the Science Center. He provided great quality equipment and even threw in some sunglasses for my son given the bright sunshine that day. The snow conditions, avalanche risk material was very interesting and Tyler was kind enough to supply a hot drink for us during this time when we were standing still in near 0-degree weather.
The science center itself is beautiful, easy to get to, and with ample FREE parking. The terrain is varied and can easily accommodate people of varying levels of fitness and altitude sensitivity. We had two older couples (local) with us and they needed a slower pace. Tyler was keen to make sure everyone was comfortable.
We had a short visit to Vail (hotel in Avon, about a mile from the science center) and we wanted something other than downhill skiing, this was a perfect option for a half day.
Written January 4, 2023
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Ccherbonnier
Baton Rouge, LA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We took the evening beaver pond tour. We saw at least three beavers. Pierce, our guide, was also excellent. He taught my children, 12 and 14, many interesting things about beavers. If you have the opportunity to do this, it is a must. You could tell he enjoyed giving the tour and even kept our hope up when we thought we wouldn’t see any beavers. My family had the an amazing time seeing these incredible creatures.
Written July 19, 2023
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Rana K
Houston, TX45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We did a tour with Nathan today for the Shrine Ridge Trail hike. We had an absolutely amazing experience and Nathan was very professional, inclusive, and engaging in his approach. He was very knowledgeable about the wildflowers and made our experience so amazing. There were so many pretty wildflowers along the way. He really did a great job and I was a little sad when it came to a close because I didn’t want it end. We really enjoyed this pretty Trail and would highly recommend Walking Mtns and Nathan!
Written August 17, 2020
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We are glad you had a great time hiking Shrine Ridge with Nathan! Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 19, 2020
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