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Low-Environmental-Impact Trip in the Vail Valley

Get out and explore the grand alpine landscapes in Vail, Avon and Edwards with Walking Mountain Science Center, with guided activities ranging from nature walks and backcountry hikes to family outings, bedtime-story walks and science camps.

Insider's Tip

Get that Green Feeling

Most of the activities mentioned below are Actively Green certified.

Day 1

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Vail Valley Anglers

Perched on the banks of the Eagle River, one of Colorado’s last freestone rivers, our shop offers unrivaled access to the best fly fishing in the Rocky…

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Bully Ranch Restaurant

Eatery doling out Southwestern & American food in a casual dining room with Western decor.

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Nature Walk Atop Vail Mountain hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center

Join a trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder to discover some of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Vail area…

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The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon-Beaver Creek

The best little steakhouse & saloon in the great state of Colorado!

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Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek

Year-round theater with many seats presenting musicals, concerts, comedy shows & other events.

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Poste Montane Lodge

Recently remodeled hotel features king-sized beds, flat screen TVs, DVD players, free WiFi, mini-refrigerators, daily breakfast, hot tub, steamroom,…

Day 2

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Harvest Vail

Rustic-chic spot for farm-to-table New American dining, with a patio & pantry for snacks to go.

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Morning Birdwalk at Walking Mountains Science Center

Discover and learn about a breathtaking variety of local birds on a morning walk through the meadows and woods along Gore Creek.

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Loaded Joe's

Cozy, casual venue with coffee & sandwiches during the day & beer, wine & music at night.

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Vail Public Library Central Library

The Vail Public Library not only offers over 52,000 volumes of fiction & non-fiction, it also offers a fireplace lounge for sitting and relaxing…

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Game Creek Restaurant

Game Creek Restaurant offers a delectable, five-star, distinctive American cuisine

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Evening Nature Hike Hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Vail Mountain

Enjoy an evening hike on Vail Mountain as the sun starts to set and wildlife become more active. Learn about the habits of the crepuscular and nocturnal…

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Antlers at Vail

The Antlers at Vail residences enjoy a fantastic location on Gore Creek, only 150 yards from Vail's ski lifts, gondola, shopping and dining. A spectacular…

Day 3

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Flame Restaurant

Framed by dramatic vaulted beamed ceilings inspired by nearby Vail Mountain, Flame restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Vail celebrates the iconic American…

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Vail Nature Center

The Vail Nature Center is a free admission learning center and boasts an idyllic system of trails nestled between a mountain meadow and the forested…

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Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show

The event started with a few tents and now has grown to over 135 tents for 16 Sundays of the summer. We have entertainment for everyone and bring people…

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Colorado Snowsports Museum

From the men who carried provisions to snow-locked mining camps, to the hottest names in today's ski racing scene, the Vail-based Colorado Snowsports…

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Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil is a creative, modern American restaurant located in the heart of the Vail Village, voted Colorado's Most Popular Restaurant by the Zagat…

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Vail Wildflower Walks

Join Vail Nature Center staff on a leisurely one-hour stroll to learn about the brilliant blooms and native flowers that adorn the local landscape.…

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Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Authentic European feel with hand-made Bavarian furniture, antiques & art work. Rooms are primarily suites with a fireplace, huge bathrooms &…

Day 4

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Ludwig's Restaurant

Elegant, upscale restaurant at the Sonnenalp Hotel offering gluten-free European fare & breakfast.

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Earthkeepers Pre-K Program at Walking Mountains Science Center

Children will explore the natural world and have fun with others while developing their sense of place. Topics vary weekly and help children express…

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The Little Diner

Breakfast classics from morning-to-afternoon, plus hearty lunches in snug digs with counter dining.

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Shopping in Vail Village

Vail hosts hundreds of shops, selling everything from high-end jewelry and fine art to ski boots and cowboy hats. Located in the shadow of the Gore…

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The Fitz Bar & Restaurant

Our Vail Village restaurant is known for its approachable menu of 'comfort food, elevated', creative cocktails and local Colorado drafts. The Fitz Bar…

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Root & Flower

A wine bar in Vail, Colorado with over 50 by the glass pours of wine, an extensive bottle selection, craft classic cocktails and and ever changing food…

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Manor Vail Lodge

This Vail Village resort and hotel features a peaceful yet convenient location, and offers a variety of accommodations to meet your needs. With studio,…

Day 5

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Grab a Crepe in the Cafe at the Bookworm

Do some book-browsing while you savor the morning (and the crepe!).

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Backcountry Family Hike Hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center

Join a trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder to discover some of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Vail area…

lunch

The Little Diner

Breakfast classics from morning-to-afternoon, plus hearty lunches in snug digs with counter dining.

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Bloom Spa

Bloom Spa is a luxury spa located at The Sebastian – Vail where guests nurture mind, body and soul with luxurious custom treatments.

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Up the Creek Bar & Grill

Welcome to our delightful creekside restaurant overlooking the beautiful Vail scenery. We offer a selection of reasonably priced appetizers, salads,…

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Art in Vail

Let us take you on a virtual journey through Vail's wide variety of inspirational public art...

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The Sebastian - Vail

, A Timbers Resort,  is a Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler top-ranked hotel, located in the heart of Vail Village. You'll find everything is…

Day 6

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Leonara Restaurant

Inspired Dining at Leonora. Set in the heart of Vail Village, just off the pedestrian corridor, Leonora offers an inviting dining experience inspired…

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Think Like a Trout Program With Walking Mountains Science Center

This unique fly fishing program is comprised of education about stream ecology and entomology (study of insects), as well as the basic skills of fly…

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Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli

Deli chain offering specialty & build-your-own sandwiches, plus salads, wraps & breakfast burritos.

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Pulling Together Program at the Vail Nature Center

Each week we will introduce an outdoor volunteer project and why it is important to our ecological community. Then we will pull together as a group…

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La Tour Restaurant

Welcome to La Tour Restaurant in the heart of Vail. Chef-owner Paul Ferzacca is committed to providing you with the best in everything. Honored with…

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Stories in the Sky Evening Nature Program at Vail Nature Center

From endless constellations, cascading shooting stars and full moons almost as bright as the sun, these are the realities in the mountains of Vail that…

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Eagle Point Resort

Enjoy your escape to the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Eagle Point Resort. The 54-unit resort features 1- and 2-bedroom condominium units with fully…

Day 7

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Vintage in Vail

Vintage is a romantic Brasserie-style wine lounge located in Vail Village. Also, now serving the best breakfast in Vail and dinner four nights a week…

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Full-Day Backcountry Hike with Walking Mountains Science Center

Join a trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder to discover some of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Vail area…

Insider's Tip

Pick Up Lunch for the Hike

Pick up lunch at the Big Bear Bistro before heading on the all-day hike.

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Mountain Standard

Stylish, upmarket gastropub offering New American fare, beers, bourbons & more in a woody space.

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10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company

The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is Vail, Colorado's premier distillery, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name…

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Check Out Breweries in the Area

A handful of breweries await your visit. Learn More

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The Bunkhouse

Welcome to The Bunkhouse. Rates starting at $71.99 per night including a beer and wine bar. Affordable, community lodging accommodations for backpackers,…