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Vail Resort

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Overview

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 - 4

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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 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

Vail Resort Biking

  • 150 Miles 241 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 12 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 20 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Vail Resort - 33

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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 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Lower Radio Flyer
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 15 
2.3 mi 3.8 km #6Golden Gate
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
1.9 mi 3.1 km #7Fred's Lunch
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 19 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #8Cougar Ridge
Difficult
Minturn, CO
Difficult
Minturn, CO 24 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #9Hank's Hideaway
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO 22 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #10Sidekick
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO

Photos of Vail Resort - 149

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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