Leave No Trace

We are proud CARE FOR COLORADO SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS

Vail Valley Partnership and Visit Vail Valley have joined in partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

  • Know Before You Go
  • Stick To Trails
  • Trash the Trash
  • Leave It As You Find It
  • Be Careful With Fire
  • Keep Wildlife Wild
  • Share Our Trails & Parks

Are you Colo-Ready? Check out the Leave No Trace Principles brochure in fuller detail of the principles listed above.

Hiking

Hiking is one of the main things locals look forward to during the summer. Want to skip the hassle of deciding on the perfect hike and driving to the trailhead? Walking Mountains Science Center offers full and half day guided hikes. Click here to visit their website to learn more.

Visit the White River National Forest office in Minturn for trail information. The ranger station is located just south of I-70 at the 171 exit for Minturn.

Beginner Hikes:
Eagle’s Loop: Short ridgetop loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km), 15–20 minutes.
Nature Valley Complimentary Hike in Beaver Creek: Easy guided hike. Begins at the top of Centennial Express (Meet at Spruce Saddle)

Intermediate Hikes:
Berry Picker: This trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle’s Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 3.2 miles (5.1 km), 2–3 hours one way
Upper Piney Trail: The trail is mostly in open meadows above the Piney Lake and Piney River before entering aspen groves and becoming a bit rougher before reaching the cascading falls at just under 3 miles.
Booth Creek: The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile, then climbs more gradually following along Booth Creek. At mile 2, the trail passes 60 foot Booth Creek Falls.
Eagle Lake: There are majestic views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, Burnt Mountain, and William’s Mountains. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for such animals as deer and elk.
Beaver Lake: This trail follows Beaver Creek as you hike through aspens and thimbleberry on an old wagon trail then onto singletrack up through coniferous forest to the Holy Cross Wilderness boundary

Mountain Biking

The town of Eagle is the latest hit destination for both local and out-of-town enthusiasts with a wealth of trails and a flourishing biking subculture. The Haymaker Trail in Eagle is a great introduction to mountain biking for all ages and abilities, with easy trailhead access and plenty of parking.

If the downhill is your favorite part, let the lifts do the work at Vail or Beaver Creek. After a scenic ride up on the gondola, you can proceed downhill at your own pace. First time? Take a guided tour for an exhilarating journey down Vail Mountain’s network of mountain bike trails. 

Looking for bike rentals? Venture Sports , Base Mountain Sports, Charter Sports , Vail Sports  and Beaver Creek Sports are all great options

 

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.