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Camping & Lodging

As a very popular resort destination, there are a multitude of places to stay from a tent to 5 star and beyond accommodation. Vail and Beaver Creek have oodles of hotel rooms and condos while Edwards west to Eagle has a handful of hotel options.

Camping is plentiful on USFS and BLM lands throughout the county from primitive sites to established campgrounds.

Visiting Tips

Up Valley - mid June to early October depending on the snow. Some Vail trails on the north side of I-70 are closed until June 15. Two Elk and Whiskey Creek are closed until July 1.

Down Valley - mid April to late October. Town of Eagle trails in Eagle Ranch are closed from December 15-April 15.

Other Activities

The Vail and Eagle Valleys are mountain playgrounds. Rafting, kayaking, and fly-fishing are just a few of the activities available when not hiking.

Gems in Vail - 2

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gem Favorite Snow Peak from Snow Pass, Gore Range.

Snow Pass

(1) Silvert…, CO
gem Favorite A beautiful section of Boulder Creek that is passed on the way to Upper Boulder Lake.

Upper Boulder Lake

(1) Vail, CO

Recommended Routes in Vail - 13

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Favorite This area is beautiful in Fall!
Intermediate

Upper Piney River Trail

6.1 mi 9.8 km 845' Up 257.64 m Up 846' Down 257.79 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Just starting up the Slate Creek Trail
Difficult

Upper Slate Lake

22.7 mi 36.5 km 4,091' Up 1247.06 m Up 4,091' Down 1246.96 m Down

Silvert…, CO
Favorite Pitkin Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Pitkin Creek Trail

10.1 mi 16.2 km 2,924' Up 891.29 m Up 2,923' Down 891.05 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Deluge Lake
Difficult

Deluge Lake

9.2 mi 14.8 km 3,390' Up 1033.27 m Up 3,391' Down 1033.53 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate/Difficult

Bighorn Creek

6.8 mi 11.0 km 2,019' Up 615.35 m Up 2,056' Down 626.53 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite 270 degree view from Ptarmigan Point (so named here). A real must see!
Intermediate

Top of Vail Tour

3.8 mi 6.1 km 744' Up 226.92 m Up 731' Down 222.66 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite The Gore range across the valley
Intermediate/Difficult

Bowmans Shortcut

8.5 mi 13.8 km 1,718' Up 523.53 m Up 1,717' Down 523.35 m Down

Frisco, CO
Favorite Fields of colorful wildflowers delight hikers
Intermediate/Difficult

Berrypicker

3.1 mi 5.0 km 2,209' Up 673.4 m Up 28' Down 8.44 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Unbelievable fall colors
Intermediate

Booth Creek Falls

3.8 mi 6.1 km 1,302' Up 396.97 m Up 1,302' Down 396.81 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite The Line Shack at the top of the climb.
Intermediate/Difficult

Meadow Mountain Loop

10.3 mi 16.7 km 2,076' Up 632.85 m Up 2,076' Down 632.64 m Down

Minturn, CO
Favorite Welcome to fall in Colorado on the Two Elk Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

Two Elk Trail

10.0 mi 16.0 km 1,825' Up 556.19 m Up 2,927' Down 892.21 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Headed up the Gore Creek Trail.  Photo from Maria McEvoy with permission.
Intermediate

Gore Creek Day Hike

3.6 mi 5.8 km 735' Up 224.1 m Up 735' Down 224.06 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Nice fern glen on Rose Pedal
Difficult

Grouse Mountain Loop

27.8 mi 44.7 km 5,745' Up 1751.09 m Up 5,760' Down 1755.52 m Down

Minturn, CO

Vail Hiking

  • 294 Miles 473 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 11 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 40 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 4 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Vail - 41

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2.2 mi 3.6 km #1Shrine Ridge Trail #2016
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Intermediate
Frisco, CO 15 
1.2 mi 2.0 km #2Ptarmigan Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
4.5 mi 7.2 km #3Booth Lake Trail
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
Vail, CO
2.8 mi 4.5 km #4Wilder Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Intermediate
Frisco, CO
49.7 mi 80.0 km #5Gore Range Trail #60
Difficult
Copper Mountain, CO
Difficult
Copper Mountain, CO 10 
3.6 mi 5.9 km #6Game Creek Trail
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km #7Gore Lake Trail
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
Vail, CO
7.3 mi 11.7 km #8Gore Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
4.4 mi 7.2 km #9North Trail - Western Section
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
5.6 mi 9.0 km #10Cougar Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO

Photos of Vail - 283

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Bighorn Pass, looking west towards Mount of the Holy Splotch
Feb 4, 2015 near Vail, CO
A beautiful section of Boulder Creek that is passed on the way to Upper Boulder Lake.
Aug 3, 2016 near Vail, CO
Deluge Lake
Sep 4, 2020 near Vail, CO
Deluge Lake
Sep 4, 2020 near Vail, CO
Pitkin Lake
Aug 25, 2020 near Vail, CO
Wildflowers looking across Vail Pass
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Wildflower mania on Corral Creek Trail
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Stunning wildflowers on Shrine Ridge
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO