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168 mi 270 km of trail 9 Rides

Easy Trails 17 Trails Intermediate Trails 31 Trails Hard Trails 11 Trails

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.

Areas Within Vail

Rides 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 • Point to Point • 1,704 ft Ascent 519.48 m Ascent

(30) Frisco, CO
Favorite The Gore range across the valley
Difficult

Bowmans Shortcut to Two Elk

12.1 mi 19.5 km • Point to Point • 1,195 ft Ascent 364.31 m Ascent

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

Meadow Mountain Loop

10.3 mi 16.6 km • Loop • 2,088 ft Ascent 636.43 m Ascent

(7) Minturn, CO
Favorite Towering aspens
Difficult

Son of a Buffehr

20.6 mi 33.2 km • Loop • 3,139 ft Ascent 956.83 m Ascent

(10) Vail, CO
Favorite Wildflowers in July
Intermediate/Difficult

Game Creek Ride

10.5 mi 16.8 km • Point to Point • 386 ft Ascent 117.79 m Ascent

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

Two Elk to Game Creek Loop

23.6 mi 38.0 km • Loop • 3,834 ft Ascent 1168.67 m Ascent

(17) Minturn, CO
Favorite Aspen central
Intermediate/Difficult

Buffehr Creek Loop

14.3 mi 23.1 km • Loop • 2,087 ft Ascent 636.04 m Ascent

(8) Vail, CO
Favorite Towering aspens
Intermediate/Difficult

Red Sandstone Rd to Son of Middle Creek

7.6 mi 12.3 km • Loop • 1,545 ft Ascent 470.99 m Ascent

(9) Vail, CO
Favorite Meadow Mountain: aptly named!
Difficult

Lower Grouse Creek

6.1 mi 9.8 km • Loop • 1,126 ft Ascent 343.17 m Ascent

(3) Minturn, CO

Trails in Vail - 50

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Radio Flyer
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Vail, CO 44 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #2Grand Traverse
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.6 km Vail, CO 29 
10.0 mi 16.0 km #3Two Elk Trail
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
10.0 mi 16.0 km Vail, CO 26 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #4Big Mamba
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Vail, CO 33 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Lower Radio Flyer
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Vail, CO 12 
4.4 mi 7.2 km #6North Trail - Western Section
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
4.4 mi 7.2 km Vail, CO 18 
4.3 mi 6.9 km #7Son of Middle Creek
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
4.3 mi 6.9 km Vail, CO 21 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #8Sidekick
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Vail, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km #9Vail Pass to Copper Bike Path
Easy/Intermediate
Frisco, CO
Easy/Intermediate
4.4 mi 7.1 km Frisco, CO
4.6 mi 7.3 km #10Bowmans Shortcut
Difficult
Frisco, CO
Difficult
4.6 mi 7.3 km Frisco, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km #11Magic Forest
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Vail, CO
2.0 mi 3.3 km #12Hank's Hideaway
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Vail, CO 19 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #13Fred's Lunch
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Vail, CO 15 
4.9 mi 8.0 km #14Cougar Ridge
Difficult
Minturn, CO
Difficult
4.9 mi 8.0 km Minturn, CO 21 
3.0 mi 4.8 km #15Buffehr Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.8 km Vail, CO 11 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #16PMT
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Vail, CO 11 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #17Mane Lane
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Vail, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #18North Trail - Middle Section
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km Vail, CO 15 
3.6 mi 5.9 km #19Game Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.6 mi 5.9 km Vail, CO 11 
2.8 mi 4.5 km #20Wilder Gulch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Frisco, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.8 mi 4.5 km Frisco, CO

Photos of Vail - 212

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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