The Vista Nature Trail offers a self-guided interpretive hike, which is an easy one-mile loop and takes about one hour. The trail is located at the top of the gondola and is relatively flat, has picnic tables and is great for families.

  • Trailhead is located at the top of the gondola (gondola ticket required)
  • Vista Nature Trail length - 0.86 mile loop
  • Bikes are not allowed on this trail
  • View Maps (mountain trails, base area map and more)
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about the trail

The first half of the trail is on a wide gravel path that is handicap accessible. Here you will find picnic tables along the side of the trail, as well as views of the upper mountain. The second half of the trail is a dirt, single track trail that leads you through groves of aspen trees that spit you out occasionally to take in the extraordinary view of the valley. You'll see signs along the trail indicating different species of animals that call the mountain their home. Keep your eyes peeled and you might catch a glimpse of them.

The Nature Den
Don't miss the Nature Den, open daily and located inside the lobby at the top of the gondola. This area provides an interpretive environmental exhibit and information on the area. Check it out before heading out on your hike.


To view gondola dates and hours of operation click the link below.

View Gondola Hours of Operation

Weather Horn

If you hear a loud horn blast at the top of the gondola, it means that a thunderstorm is close by and the gondola will close soon. Please return as quickly as possible when you hear the horn if you want to ride down the gondola. Shuttles will be available to take you down the mountain after the gondola closes.

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