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Please call 970-479-2291 to make reservations.

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Guided Backcountry Hikes

Full-day (Ages 16+)

7 or 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays(6/1-8/31) | Tuesdays & Fridays (9/2-10/28)

$80 | $75 for VRD residents


Family Hikes (Ages 8+)

9 a.m.–1 p.m. | Thursdays

$30 | $25 for VRD residents

Join a trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder to discover some of the most beautiful destinations in the Vail area that are only accessible via your two feet! Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District operate under special permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management that allow us to experience and learn from public lands like few other guide services can offer! Transportation is provided from various locations from Vail to Edwards.

Hikers should come prepared to spend the day on the trail, including bringing lunch, rain gear, and plenty of water. Full-day hikes are geared towards hikers who are looking for a truly immersive experience whereas half-day hikes are more leisurely and will return to the Vail area by mid-afternoon.

We also offer Hiking Club Memberships!


The Vail Nature Center Hiking Club, in its 19th year of hiking throughout the Eagle Valley, offers members unlimited access to full and half-day hikes as well as additional perks such as a Colorado Search and Rescue membership card. Please contact Peter Sunesonat Walking Mountains Science Center for more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 970.827.9725.


The VRD is an equal opportunity service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest.