Vail Valley, CO

Nature in Vail Valley, CO

The mountains of Vail and Beaver Creek offer activities for nature enthusiasts of all sorts.
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Apex Mountain School in Vail Valley, CO

Apex Mountain School in Vail Valley, CO

Come learn Wilderness Survival with Vail's #1-recommended private mountain school and unmatched client care. Kids, families, singles, couples, and all ability and fitness levels welcome. All activity-specific equipment provided. Come and learn the "ins and outs" of surviving in a winter wilderness - from avalanche education to technical skills, building snow shelters and more. Apex clients consistently say, "The most fun we've ever had in the Vail ... Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Lionshead, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Lionshead, CO

Join a Walking Mountains Naturalist for a gentle, educational hike through aspen forests and streamside communities near the Avon Walking Mountains science center. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment. Walks will be conducted on snowshoes as necessary depending on snow levels. Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. Snowshoes provided. All ages, FREE. Monday - Saturday 2pm-3pm. Visit our ... Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Lionshead, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Lionshead, CO

Naturalists will help you explore an assortment of Rocky Mountain nature exhibits atop Vail Mountain. Come inside to find out what wildlife you might encounter on the slopes of Vail Mountain, watch a short "Skicology" lesson, or learn about snow science! The mountaintop nature center is open during the winter ski season and is accessible via the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. All ages, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday-Monday 11am-4pm. Visit the ... Read More
Fossil Posse Prehistoric Journeys in Edwards, CO

Fossil Posse Prehistoric Journeys in Edwards, CO

A must-do adventure for any fledgling dinosaur enthusiast! Duration is roughly 3 hours. Kids ages 6-12 years-old learn about ancient Colorado with an entertaining dinosaur talk, then off to a realm of discovery and dinosaurs with real fossils, teeth, bones, and more. Kids can hold and examine real exhibits while exploring the dinosaur world, a "dino excavation site," and other dinosaur-based activities! Offered June - November.  Read More
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO

Located on top of Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves is a constant 52 degrees! Check out both the King's Row Tour and the Historic Fairy Caves Tour. Travel deep inside the mountain and experience the most highly decorated cave room in Colorado. Both tours last 40 minutes and are appropriate for kids. No reservations needed for walking tours. The Wild Tour is a 2-hour, on-your-belly tour of rarely visited areas of ... Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail Mountain, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail Mountain, CO

Travel by snowshoes on an educational tour through the forests atop Vail Mountain. Learn about winter ecology and animal adaptations as you gaze at majestic mountain views. Please come prepared to spend an hour outside in the winter environment with snow pants, warm hats, gloves and sturdy boots. Snowshoes are provided. Sign up at the Nature Discovery Center or call 970.754.4675. Daily 2pm-3pm for ages 10+. Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Don't just wonder what goes on in the natural world as you enjoy the views from the slopes of Beaver Creek, find out! Meet a volunteer Forest Service Ranger at the Environmental Learning Center at the top of Chair 5 who will take you on an educational nature tour of Beaver Creek by ski or snowboard. Ability Levels 3 and up, all ages, FREE. Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm, December 12, 2016 through April 10, 2017. No reservations required! Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail Mountain, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail Mountain, CO

Next time you're on the slopes at Vail Mountain, look out for bears! The only bear you'll see during the winter is our local fire expert Smokey Bear, who puts on skis every Wednesday to say hello and spread his wildfire prevention message. Free hugs! November23rd, 2016 through April 19th, 2017 on Wednesdays at various locations on the western part of Vail Mountain. Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Have you ever wondered how something works or how something was made? In the monthly Science Behind series, we partner with a guest presenter to explore a large variety of interesting topics. The Science Behind series offers opportunities for adults to apply new knowledge and skills to everyday life, while having fun! Classes are free or low cost to attend. Space is limited! Classes are held once a month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and ... Read More
Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO

Children will explore the natural world and have fun with others while developing their sense of place. Topics vary weekly and help children express their inherent wonder and curiosity as little scientists. Come prepared for indoor and outdoor winter activities such as songs, stories, games, and outdoor play. Please bring water and a small snack for your child. Children 3-5 years with adult. $10/pair & $5/additional child. Generously underwritten by Alan ... Read More

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