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Scenic Walks for All Ages

Just looking for an easy hike or stroll?  We’ve got you covered!!

Look no further than these incredible strolls that don’t require elevation gain, but still reward you with stunning mountain scenery.

The East Vail portion of the Gore Valley Trail

This is a beautiful shared hiking and biking path. You’ll pass below a vibrant red sandstone cliff band while following Gore Creek. The easy walk leads to the meadows and aspen groves on the east end of the golf course. Pack a picnic for this one!

The Vail Recreation Path

The perfect way to explore Vail by foot (or bike). Passing through the middle of town, the trail winds from West Vail to East Vail, following Gore Creek with 1,100 acres of open space. The path stretches for 15 miles and is surrounded by 350,000 acres of National Forest. Sections of the path are “improved gravel” and parts are completely paved. Enjoy nature and the sound of the creek just steps away from the Village life.

The Vail Nature Center

A 1940s homestead perched between a mountain meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek. This 7-acre facility in the heart of Vail is a tranquil gem to explore the web of trails along Gore Creek. Be sure to wander inside and learn from the exhibits and staff. Programs include hiking, bird tours, beaver pond tours, wildflower viewing, stargazing, and creekside nature tours.

Wildflower Walk | Monday-Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm (6/20-8/11)
Join Vail Nature Center staff on a leisurely one-hour walk through the woods and meadows to learn about the flora that carpet the mountains. All ages, FREE.

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Morning Bird Walk | Friday & Saturday 9:00am-10:00am (6/18-8/13)
Discover and learn about a breathtaking variety of local birds on a morning walk through the meadows and woods along Gore Creek. All ages, FREE.

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Evening Beaver Pond Tour | Monday & Wednesday 7:00pm-8:45pm (6/20-8/26)
Beavers are one of nature’s most industrious creatures. Join us for educational activities and a walk to a beaver pond to observe an active lodge. All ages, $10 per person.

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Creekside Nature Tour | Sunday 11:00am-12:00pm & 1:30pm-2:30pm (6/19-10/2)
Join us for a casual stroll along Vail’s streamside paths to the Vail Nature Center. Tours depart from the Walking Mountains Science Center booth at the Vail Farmers’ Market. All ages, FREE.

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The Nature Discovery Center

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (out of Lionshead).  The Nature Discovery Center yurt is located adjacent to the Eagle’s Nest building. All ages welcome, with free admission.                                                                                Open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-3:30pm (6/17-9/4)

Easy Guided Nature Hike – Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Join a Naturalist for an educational hike through the forest atop Vail Mountain. Most ages and abilities, FREE



Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Enjoy the highest botanical gardens in the world are located in Vail. Explore the grounds to discover a one-of-a-kind collection of alpine, sub-alpine, and other mountain plants and flowers. Open daily to explore on your own or with a tour. Be sure to visit the Education Center to learn about the alpine environment and plants from around the world.

New StoryWalk® Book at Bighorn Park

The Vail Public Library has installed a new StoryWalk at Bighorn Park in Vail, “The Gruffalo”. StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children – and adult – to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. As you stroll around the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.


When you’re ready to take on bigger hikes, with more elevation gain, check out our top hiking suggestions and our top family friendly hikes.