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Walking Mountains Science Center

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Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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"Machine Gun Ridge" Hike

Great hike with Nathan! Incredible views ... even with just a modest effort. Nathan was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Louise W

We rolled into Vail in the summer without a lot of plans. I heard about a beaver pond tour and... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Spring, Texas
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“beaver pond”(3 reviews)
We provide locals and visitors from pre-k to gray with opportunities to explore nature, gain a scientific understanding, and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs. We invite you...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, Beaver Creek, CO 81620
+1 970-827-9725
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hike with Nathan! Incredible views ... even with just a modest effort. Nathan was informative, thoughtful and always willing to answer our group's many questions.

Thank Louise W
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We rolled into Vail in the summer without a lot of plans. I heard about a beaver pond tour and tried to sign up. Unfortunately they were full but Hannah was nice enough to email me all the details on the beaver pond. We wound...More

1  Thank shan262
Reviewed 28 June 2018

I visited the Discovery Center with my son that is six years old and has Downs Syndrome. He has limited speech but a love of nature and animals. It was not busy when we were there and my son asked one of the naturalists to...More

3  Thank FamilyAdventureof6
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Walking in the Rocky Mountains is great -- having a guide who can help pointout aspects of nature is a bonus of the walk. The Walking Mountain Science Center provides fee and complimentary guided walks. I walked with Heidi from the Holy Cross Ranger Station...More

Thank COatheart2258
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Had a wonderful time learning about the wildlife, plants and water resources in the area while on our nature walk. The docent was a volunteer who was very friendly. The center has many wonderful hands on exhibits which young and old can both enjoy. It...More

1  Thank TxTripper31
Reviewed 2 February 2018

We were connected with Walking Mountains through the Vail website and booked a 4 hour private snowshoe excursion with WMSC on a Saturday morning. We left Lionshead and drove out to the trailhead which was about a 20 minute drive. Our guide, Peter Suneson, was...More

1  Thank Allan R
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

This tour was our trip highlight!!! Rachel Holland is a wonderful college educated Naturalist. Very personable and friendly. Unbelievable that this tour is free. You cannot visit Vail without a snow shoe tour.

Thank Benjamin C
Reviewed 15 January 2018

It was snowy and we were originally going to take the little loop, then we saw footprints going up the mountain and decided to follow the trail up the mountain. Fantastic scenery and really pretty in the snow. Some steep spots and pretty strenuous in...More

Thank JTBR
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We bring our grandchildren 7 & 5 Here every year for an excellent break from the mountain. There are plenty of educational tools for them to ...play and outdoor tours

Thank Jose M
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Stopped by here with my wife, son, his wife and their son. Missed the entrance as it was just to the right after one turns onto Buck Creek Road. Easy parking and free entrance. Grandson enjoyed the numerous activities for nearly two hours and my...More

Thank David W
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29 October 2016|
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Response from Walking M | Property representative |
Thanks for the inquiry! Unfortunately, we are closed today (Oct 29, 2016). We open on Monday at 9am and the Nature Walk will run at 2pm every day next week besides Sunday. Hope to see you soon!
8 September 2016|
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Response from Burleson F | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I have never visited in October. August was great. I imagine the Aspen trees would be beautiful at this time of year.
Susanne T
22 May 2016|
Response from Maggie H | Reviewed this property |
Not difficult at all. Just make sure you're wearing boots because the snow can get deep and might sink into your shoes.