Summer Wildlife on Vail Mountain

Jun. 11, 2013

There are so many great ways to explore the beauty and nature on Vail Mountain, from hiking, biking, trail running and Top of the Mountain tours, but next time you’re out enjoying the mountain, keep an eye out for signs of some of the wildlife native to Vail.

1. The yellow-bellied marmot can often be spotted sunbathing on rocks around the Adventure Ridge area and while hiking the trails around the mountain.

Marmota flaviventris

2. Mule deer and black bears are most commonly seen from the gondolas in the open meadow ski trails.jack affleck Vail wildlife

3. Red foxes have been known to come into the Adventure Ridge area but are most often seen around trails on the mountain or from the gondola.

Jack Affleck Vail wildlife

4. Of course other local animals can be sighted too given the right place and time – like this moose mother and calf that were spotted last summer on the Gore Creek in Lionshead!Wildlife in Vail, Colorado

Remember that animals tend to be very aware of people and vacate the area before being spotted. So if you’re interested in catching a glimpse of some of the wildlife on Vail Mountain in person then be aware of keeping voices and movements quiet.

For more information on the wildlife that inhabits Vail Mountain, visit the Nature Discovery Center located in a yurt at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola near Adventure Ridge. They are open daily June 20 – Sept. 2 and offer free nature hikes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Please remember that guests are asked to observe wildlife on Vail Mountain from a safe distance as not to disrupt the animals in their natural habitat.

- Sara Lococo, Vail Mountain PR.