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June - Sept

Vail Nature Center

The Vail Nature Center is a preserved historic 1940’s homestead located in the heart of Vail. This 7-acre gem of mountain meadows and forested creek-side trails is the perfect place to get away from everything, while still being close to everything.  Plus, there’s learning opportunities (don’t tell the kids) with exhibits and programs including easy hiking, bird tours, beaver pond tours, wildflower viewing, stargazing and creek-side nature tours!  All ages, and free (donations accepted).  There is no parking at the Vail Nature Center, but simply take the in-town bus to the Soccer Fields stop on Vail Valley Drive, follow the path down towards the creek, and you will find the Vail Nature Center.  Open Mid June, Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm through Labor Day weekend

Wildflower Walks

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 Walks

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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Vail Nature Walk

Learn about the unique ecology and wildlife in the heart of Vail. All ages, FREE.

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Evening Beaver Pond Tours

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 Tours

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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Combine a trip to the Nature Center with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for an expanded experience of nature at it’s best in Colorado!