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81 mi 131 km of trail 4 Rides

Easy Trails 11 Trails Intermediate Trails 17 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails

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.

Rides in Vail Resort - 4

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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 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

Trails in Vail Resort - 32

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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 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Sidekick
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Vail, CO
4.6 mi 7.3 km #7Bowmans Shortcut
Difficult
Frisco, CO
Difficult
4.6 mi 7.3 km Frisco, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8Magic Forest
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Vail, CO
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Hank's Hideaway
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Vail, CO 19 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #10Fred's Lunch
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.1 km Vail, CO 15 
4.9 mi 8.0 km #11Cougar Ridge
Difficult
Minturn, CO
Difficult
4.9 mi 8.0 km Minturn, CO 21 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #12PMT
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Vail, CO 11 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #13Mane Lane
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.2 km Vail, CO
3.6 mi 5.9 km #14Game Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.6 mi 5.9 km Vail, CO 11 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #15Two Elk Connector
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Vail, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #16OId Nine Line
Very Difficult
Vail, CO
Very Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Vail, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #17Onza Alley
Difficult
Vail, CO
Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Vail, CO
1.3 mi 2.2 km #18Liondown (Lower)
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.2 km Vail, CO 14 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #19Mid Vail Escape
Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Vail, CO
6.7 mi 10.8 km #20Mill Creek Trail
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
6.7 mi 10.8 km Vail, CO

Photos of Vail Resort - 145

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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
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
Sunset at 11,600'.
Aug 27, 2013 near Vail, CO