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Walking Mountains Science Center, Vail Recreation District extend hiking season

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Walking Mountains | Special to the Daily
Walking Mountains | Special to the Daily |

Full-day and fall-color hikes

• Sept. 15 — Sneve Gulch

• Sept. 18 — Bighorn Creek

• Sept. 22 — McKenzie Gulch

• Sept. 25 — June Creek

• Sept. 29 — Grizzly Creek

• Oct. 2 — Lake Charles

• Oct. 6 — Squaw Creek (fall color)

• Oct. 8 — Stagg Gulch (fall color)

• Oct. 13 — Colorado Trail to Kokoma Pass (fall color)

• Oct. 15 — Buck Creek (fall color)

• Oct. 20 — Bowman’s Shortcut (fall color)

• Oct. 22 — Colorado Trail to Tennessee Pass (fall color)

• Oct. 27 — McKenzie Gulch (fall color)

• Oct. 29 — East Lake Creek (fall color)

Learn more about each hike at http://www.walkingmountains.org/hike.

The summer is waning, but the cooler mornings make for crisp air and bright colors. Join guides from the Vail Nature Center, operated by Walking Mountains Science Center, as they take hikers on tours of the Eagle Valley’s prime fall color locations.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October, hikers can be picked up throughout the Vail area and led on guided tours, where they learn about the local ecology and history of the Eagle Valley. The summer hiking season, running through the end of September, will continue to offer full-day hikes on Tuesdays and Fridays and half-day excursions on Saturdays near some of the same trails that will be blazing orange come October.

The aspen have benefited from the wet summer, and hikers may be rewarded with world-class opportunities for photos and memories. Because the trees’ leaves don’t change color based on the cooling weather but, rather, the amount of daylight received, VRD and Walking Mountains handpicked trails to correspond with peak color.

Hikers are encouraged to pack water and a camera for these opportunities to witness one of nature’s most transformative displays while being fully immersed in its grandeur.

Other opportunities

Walking Mountains Science Center also offers hiking club memberships; join now, and hike with them through the October. Contact Peter Suneson at 970-827-9725, ext. 128 or peters@walkingmountains.org for information and an application.

New this season, check the Walking Mountains wildflower guide for weekly updates and the latest information on what’s on the trail and where the flowers are blooming by visiting http://www.walkingmountains.org/wildflower.

Walking Mountains Science Center and Vail Recreation District operate under a special-use permit from the White River National Forest and are equal opportunity service providers. All or parts of these hikes are conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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