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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 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 is 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 is 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.

Enjoy the beautiful Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. 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.

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.