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Vail Resort

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For such a huge resort, not much is visible from the valley floor. You'll need to get higher to enjoy the huge views. It's at least 2,200' to the summit ridge (on the Lionshead side), and not that easy at this altitude! Taking the gondola gets you to the better trails faster, but it's not cheap unless you have a ski pass (which includes summer usage for free). It's free to ride down if you get yourself up.

Visiting Tips

Trails at the top usually open for July 4th. Wildflowers start to peak in mid-July most years and extend through August. The aspens are spectacular starting in mid-September, and the crowds are all gone by then.

Parking in both structures is free during the summer. It fills up on weekends, but when that happens, overflow parking is allowed on the frontage roads.

Recommended Routes in Vail Resort - 5

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Favorite 270 degree view from Ptarmigan Point (so named here). A real must see!
Intermediate 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
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Favorite Fields of colorful wildflowers delight hikers
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Berrypicker

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

Vail, CO
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Favorite The Gore range across the valley
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite Welcome to fall in Colorado on the Two Elk Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Vail Resort Hiking

  • 38 Miles 61 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 18 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Vail Resort - 18

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1.2 mi 2.0 km #1Ptarmigan Loop
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
4.2 mi 6.7 km #2Game Creek Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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5.6 mi 9.0 km #3Cougar Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO
2.0 mi 3.1 km #4Meadows Loop Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km #5Cabin Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
8.9 mi 14.3 km #6Mill Creek Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
1.5 mi 2.5 km #7Vail Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #8Ridge Route
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #9Kinnickinnick
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
Vail, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #10Strawberry Lane
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO

Photos of Vail Resort - 109

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Fields of colorful wildflowers delight hikers
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
Gore Range views improve towards the top of Berry Picker
Dec 5, 2014 near Vail, CO
A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
270 degree view from Ptarmigan Point (so named here). A real must see!
Jul 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
A cold day in the July wildflowers
Jul 29, 2017 near Vail, CO
Many wildflowers still at end of July
Jul 17, 2019 near Vail, CO
There was a ridiculous amount of flowers.
Jul 17, 2019 near Vail, CO
Just past the Teacup Express chair the climb gets less technical, but man it keeps going up.
Jul 17, 2019 near Minturn, CO

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