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Nature Discovery center & Vail Nature Center


Nature Discovery Center

Operated by Walking Mountains Science Center 

Explore an array of regional wildlife exhibits and speak with naturalists about the flora and fauna of Vail. Explore an array of regional wildlife exhibits and speak with naturalists about the flora and fauna of Vail at the The Nature Discovery Center. Join us to experience the interactive exhibits inside, along with free daily Nature Walks and Interpretive Nature Talks that are led by certified interpretive guides. To learn more and see the full schedule of free programs offered, visit www.walkingmountains.org.

The Nature Discovery Center located in a yurt and is accessed via the Eagle Bahn gondola out of Lionshead in Vail, adjacent to the Eagle’s Nest building. All ages welcome, free admission. 

Hours of Operation

2016 Daily Summer Operating Hours (June 13th through September 5th)

10:00am – 6:00pm | Sunday – Wednesday
10:00am – 9:00pm | Thursday – Saturday

2016 Fall Operating Hours (September 9th through October 2nd)

11:00am – 6:00pm | Friday – Sunday




Vail Nature Center

Operated by Walking Mountains Science Center 

A 1940's farmhouse perched between an alpine meadow and the forested bank of Gore Creek houses the Vail Nature Center. This seven-acre facility, in the heart of Vail, is a tranquil gem whose knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond hikes, as well as the Vail Hiking Club and has a wealth of things to do in Vail. Camp Eco Fun is heaven for children.


Hours of Operation

2016 Daily Summer Operating Hours (June 11th through September 4th)

9:00am-5:00pm | Open Daily

2016 Daily Fall Operating Hours (September 5th through October 1st)

9:00am-4:00pm | Monday-Saturday

VNC Directions:

Take I-70 exit 176 and head east on South Frontage Road. Turn right on Vail Valley Drive, drive for 0.7 miles and park at the soccer fields.
Walk across the street and down the trail. NEW this year you can take the in-town bus to the soccer fields stop on Vail Valley Drive! Visit the Vail Nature Center website for more information or call 970-479-2291 


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