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A farmhouse perched between an alpine meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility in the heart of Vail is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond tours and backcountry hikes. Camp Eco Fun is heaven for children. Classes covering special topics such as nature art, photography and fly fishing are available. They even offer stargazing after dark or an opportunity to meet Colorado's amazing raptors. The Nature Center is open seven days per week Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.

During the winter hiatus, feel free to enjoy the Nature Center’s peaceful trails for hiking and snowshoeing. Please check back in Spring 2014 for the upcoming summer activity schedule.

Adult and Hiking Programs

Family Programs

Youth Programs



The Nature Center can host a variety of groups from school-age children to senior citizens. Costs vary and programs are tailored to fit the group's needs. Call for details.



Each summer the Nature Center seeks volunteers to assist with facilitation of programs. Volunteers are needed for maintenance projects, gardening projects and facility upkeep. Call for details.

Nature Center

Physical Address: 601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO

Mailing Address: 700 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO

Phone: 970-479-2291

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The Nature Center is located just east of Vail Village, across Gore Creek from the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Ford Amphitheater. Parking is available at the Vail Village Parking Structure, Soccer Field or Tennis Center.

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The Vail Recreation District is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.

 The Vail Recreation District is under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.

 All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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