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Walking Mountains Science Center and Vail Recreation District offer fall color hikes

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Walking Mountains Science Center traveled more than 300 miles showcasing the amazing local forests and trail systems to hundreds of visitors this summer. Guides had so much fun exploring with locals and visitors, they decided to extend their backcountry hiking program through October.

"It was an easy decision to extend our hiking season," said Peter Suneson, the community outreach coordinator at Walking Mountains Science Center. "With the growing demand for hiking in Vail, we wanted more visitors and locals to experience our national forest and the impressive aspen landscapes that are so brilliant this time of year."

This fall, certified interpretive guides from Walking Mountains Science Center will once again be guiding full-day backcountry hikes on Tuesdays and Fridays through Halloween weekend. Additionally, family hikes, geared toward those who aren't up for a full day on the trails or for those more comfortable closer to town, will be hitting the trails every Wednesday.

"Peter Suneson is an excellent and well-prepared guide, very knowledgeable about the trail, nature and the geography, as well as the art and science of hiking," said Deborah K. a summer hiking participant. "I joined him and a group of hikers on the Colorado Trail this fall. The views were spectacular!"

"I wasn't sure if this was an appropriate hike for me to take, so I contacted Walking Mountain Science Center prior to registering and they were very helpful. If you enjoy hiking, I would definitely recommend hiking with Walking Mountains."

All hikes throughout the fall are geared toward experiencing the wonders of fall color in Eagle County. With almost 20 years in the valley, Walking Mountains' staff has the knowledge of the most prime locations for fall color viewing in the valley. Excursions will range from south of Camp Hale to Sylvan Lake State Park and everywhere between.

If you go …

What: Full Day Backcountry Hikes (ages 16 and older)

When: Tuesdays and Fridays through Oct. 28.

Cost: $80 or $75 for Vail Recreation District taxpayers.

What: Family Hikes (ages 8 and older)

When: Wednesdays through Oct. 26.

Cost: $30 or $25 for Vail Recreation District taxpayers.

More information: Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District operate under a special-use permit from the White River National Forest and are a equal-opportunity service providers. See the full hiking schedule and register at http://www.walkingmountains.org/hike.