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Local Info

When locals to refer to riding in Eagle County they often use the terms 'Up Valley and Down Valley'.

Up Valley is all about the quintessential aspen and alpine singletrack that Colorado is known for. Vail is at the epicenter. Rides like Meadow Mountain / Line Shack and Whiskey Creek and Bowmans Shortcut to Two Elk are classic. For some new school gravity riding on Vail Mountain, check out Radio Flyer and Big Mamba.

Down Valley is much drier and has a longer riding season. From mid-April to possibly October, mountain bikers can enjoy high sage desert riding. Don't miss the Boneyard Loop and Eagle Ranch Loops, super fun singletrack that surrounds the town of Eagle.

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 riding.

Recommended Routes in Vail - 9

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Favorite A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment!
Difficult

Bowmans Shortcut To Vail

19.3 mi 31.1 km 1,704' Up 519.48 m Up 4,377' Down 1334.25 m Down

Frisco, CO
Favorite The Gore range across the valley
Difficult

Bowmans Shortcut to Two Elk

12.1 mi 19.5 km 1,195' Up 364.31 m Up 4,023' Down 1226.14 m Down

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

Meadow Mountain Loop

10.3 mi 16.6 km 2,088' Up 636.43 m Up 2,088' Down 636.36 m Down

Minturn, CO
Favorite Towering aspens
Difficult

Son of a Buffehr

20.6 mi 33.2 km 3,139' Up 956.83 m Up 3,139' Down 956.9 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Wildflowers in July
Intermediate/Difficult

Game Creek Ride

10.5 mi 16.8 km 386' Up 117.79 m Up 2,607' Down 794.68 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment!
Difficult

Two Elk to Game Creek Loop

23.5 mi 37.8 km 3,810' Up 1161.33 m Up 3,812' Down 1161.78 m Down

Minturn, CO
Favorite Towering aspens
Intermediate/Difficult

Red Sandstone Rd to Son of Middle Creek

7.8 mi 12.5 km 1,469' Up 447.85 m Up 1,469' Down 447.78 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Aspen central
Intermediate/Difficult

Buffehr Creek Loop

14.3 mi 23.1 km 2,087' Up 636.04 m Up 2,088' Down 636.52 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Crossing Grouse Creek
Difficult

Lower Grouse Creek

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,126' Up 343.17 m Up 1,127' Down 343.46 m Down

Minturn, CO

Vail Biking

  • 296 Miles 477 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 18 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 35 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Vail - 51

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Radio Flyer
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 54 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #2Grand Traverse
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 31 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #3Big Mamba
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 40 
10.0 mi 16.0 km #4Two Elk Trail
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
Vail, CO 30 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #5North Trail - Western Section
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO 23 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Lower Radio Flyer
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 15 
2.3 mi 3.8 km #7Golden Gate
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #8Son of Middle Creek
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO 22 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #9Fred's Lunch
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 19 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #10Cougar Ridge
Difficult
Minturn, CO
Difficult
Minturn, CO 24 

Photos of Vail - 219

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Through the aspens on Big Mamba
Apr 12, 2013 near Vail, CO
A mountain biking "Sound of Music" moment!
Nov 6, 2012 near Vail, CO
Riding the iconic Two Elk East Trail in Vail, Colorado with fellow Yeti ambassadors Tom Sampson and Sarah Rawley. #FollowCamFriday
Dec 6, 2016 near Vail, CO
Wildflowers in July
Jul 6, 2013 near Minturn, CO
Tired of aspen forest?  How about a meadow with wildflowers?
Jul 6, 2013 near Minturn, CO
The Gore range across the valley
Nov 16, 2012 near Minturn, CO
Hitting the sweet, sweet berms on Radio Flyer!
Jul 9, 2017 near Vail, CO
Coming around the bend in Game Creek Bowl.
Apr 14, 2013 near Vail, CO