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Vail Resort

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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 270 degree view from Ptarmigan Point (so named here). A real must see!
Intermediate

Top of Vail Tour

3.8 mi 6.1 km 744' Up 226.92 m Up 731' Down 222.66 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite The Gore range across the valley
Intermediate/Difficult

Bowmans Shortcut

8.5 mi 13.8 km 1,718' Up 523.53 m Up 1,717' Down 523.35 m Down

Frisco, CO
Favorite Gore Range views improve towards the top of Berry Picker
Intermediate/Difficult

Berrypicker

3.1 mi 5.0 km 2,209' Up 673.4 m Up 28' Down 8.44 m Down

Vail, CO
Favorite Welcome to fall in Colorado on the Two Elk Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

Two Elk Trail

10.0 mi 16.0 km 1,825' Up 556.19 m Up 2,927' Down 892.21 m Down

Vail, CO

Vail Resort Running

  • 58 Miles 93 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 15 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Vail Resort - 15

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1.2 mi 2.0 km #1Ptarmigan Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Vail, CO
Easy/Intermediate
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3.6 mi 5.9 km #2Game Creek Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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5.6 mi 9.0 km #3Cougar Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Minturn, CO
2.0 mi 3.1 km #4Meadows Loop Trail
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km #5Cabin Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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1.5 mi 2.5 km #6Vail Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Ridge Route
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #8Kinnickinnick
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #9Grand Escape
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Lower Fireweed
Easy
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Easy
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1.0 mi 1.7 km #11Upper Fireweed
Easy
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Easy
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #12Eagle's Loop
Easy
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Easy
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6.7 mi 10.8 km #13Mill Creek Road
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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1.3 mi 2.1 km #14Strawberry Lane
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
Vail, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #15Sunlight
Intermediate
Vail, CO
Intermediate
Vail, CO

Photos of Vail Resort - 113

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Welcome to fall in Colorado on the Two Elk Trail!
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO
The Gore range across the valley
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO
There was a ridiculous amount of flowers.
Jul 17, 2019 near Vail, CO
The upper part of the Two Elk trail is gorgeous and really easy.  It gets more difficult as you get closer to Minturn.
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
A few wildflowers left as the aspens decide it's fall.
Jul 6, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Hard to focus on the trail with all this scenery on the Grand Traverse
Mar 23, 2015 near Vail, CO
This place is called "Top of the World" for good reason!
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Several miles of this... and it doesn't get old.
Mar 23, 2015 near Minturn, CO