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Vail Hiking

There are countless, scenic hiking trails surrounding the Vail Valley and on the peaks above Vail Village and Beaver Creek. These trails hikes for all types of trailblazers. Hiking is a great way to explore and discover the region's flora, fauna and wildlife. Go with a guide and learn the history of the area, see points of interest and understand the geological factors that created the area. The Hiking Center in Beaver Creek provides maps of many local trails or get trail information at the U.S. Forest Service office in Minturn at 970-827-5715.

With such a wide diversity of trails to choose from, there is something for every hiker in the Vail Valley. From gentle-grade wanders through the woods to the intense and challenging summit of a "14er" (a mountain that peaks at 14,000+ feet in altitude), the world is your oyster as a hiker in the Vail Valley. Consider your fitness and comfort level with exertion before you hit the trail: at this altitude, dramatic increase in elevation will prove challenging and will, literally, take your breath away. Plan your trip wisely setting out early in the morning is always a good idea, as afternoon thunderstorms (though typically brief) can hamper your descent. Be sure to check with the U.S. Forest Service for restrictions on certain terrain due to migration, fire danger or other reasons.

Additional notes: Especially when hiking above tree line but a good idea on any trail is a solid hiking book. If you plan a longer hike or anywhere around water sources, look for waterproof "Gore-tex" boots. Ankle support is essential especially when navigating high-terrain boulder fields, a properly constructed and fitted boot can prevent a sprain. For more leisurely trails, a sturdy running shoe or a sneaker/hiking boot hybrid should suffice.

There are countless, scenic hiking trails surrounding the Vail Valley and on the peaks above Vail Village and Beaver Creek. These trails hikes for all types of trailblazers. Hiking is a great way to …

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Vail Nature Center

Morning Bird Walks

Join a Walking Mountains naturalist for a bird walk. On our morning walks, we are likely to see warblers, western tanagers, grosbeaks, dippers, and a … Read More

Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater in Vail Village, CO (970) 827-9725
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US Forest Service Station

Meadow Mountain hikes

Ever wonder what lies within these beautiful mountainous areas? Join a naturalist with the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District and Walking Mountains on … Read More

Meadow Mountain Business Park in Minturn, CO (970) 827-5715
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Vail Nature Center

Evening Beaver Pond Tours

Beavers are one of the animals that define the Rocky Mountains, and we often see them right here in Vail! Join a Walking Mountains naturalist at dusk … Read More

601 Vail Valley Drive Vail Village, CO (970) 827-9725
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Nature Discovery Center

Guided Nature Hikes atop Vail Mountain

Join Walking Mountains Science Center to learn about summer ecology and animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic mountain views. Appropriate for … Read More

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Piney River Ranch

Unparalleled hiking at Piney Lake

The Upper Piney trail begins at Piney Lake at the end of Red Sandstone Road #700 and ends at Upper Piney Lake. Begin your journey outside of the … Read More

700 Red Sandstone Road Lionshead, CO (303) 905-4439
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Vail Nature Center

Wildflower Walks

Wildflowers abound in the summer high country of Colorado. Join a Walking Mountains naturalist for a leisurely walk to learn about the flowers that … Read More

601 Vail Valley Drive Vail Village, CO (970) 827-9725
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