Hiking

Enjoy hiking on Vail Mountain or Beaver Creek Resort for one of the most traditional and most pleasurable ways to enjoy the mountains in the summer. Dozens of hiking trails can be found in Vail Valley just minutes from Vail & Beaver Creek.

Safety and General Hiking Information:

Fire Danger: Smoking is prohibited on the lifts and is discouraged on-mountain due to fire danger. Report fires from any on-mountain emergency phone.

Sun Protection: Exposure to the sun is 40% greater at 10,000 ft. than it is at sea level. Sunscreen is highly recommended with a sun protection of 15 or higher, as well as sunglasses.

Lightning and Thunderstorms: It is not uncommon for brief afternoon thunderstorms to pass through the valley. Seek shelter when you see a storm developing. Lifts may close temporarily while waiting for weather to pass, please plan your afternoon accordingly.

High Altitude Sickness: Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with high altitude including; headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficultly breathing.

Adequate Clothing: Mountain weather can change in a matter of minutes and there is usually a 10 degree temperature difference from the bottom of the lifts to the top of the mountain. Consider bringing multiple layers when outdoors; raincoat, fleece, long-sleeve, etc.

What to Bring:
  • Water (a good rule of thumb is three quarts per person; per day; depending on the length of the hike, weather conditions, and your personal level of fitness
  • Extra Clothing (socks)
  • Rain Protection
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Protection (30 SPF minimum)
  • Food/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Backpack
  • Cell Phone
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Sun Glasses
  • Shady Hat
  • On-Mountain Hiking

    Beaver Creek: The Beaver Creek Hiking Center is set to open June 11, operating daily through Labor Day, September 5 from 9 am to 4 pm. Beaver Creek Mountain offers guests the chance to get away from distractions, noise and provides serenity to anyone looking for peace and quiet.

    Vail Mountain: Vail offers miles of scenic hiking trails for all ability levels. Take the gondola up to the top and explore the miles of trails, or start at the base and hike all the way up! Vail Mountains treats hikers to gorgeous views of Colorado 14,000 ft. peaks, wildlife, wildflowers and fresh mountain air.

    Eagle: Hop on 1-70 W and venture out to Eagle, CO a charming mountain town located just 20 minutes away. A diverse number of trails and fewer crowds allow you to forge your route for the day and feel like a pioneer. Eagle trails welcome hikers of all abilities to forget about the worries of the day and just enjoy nature. Test your skills on flat terrain, rolling hills or challenging climbs.

    Minturn: The Holy Cross District has 225 miles of Forest Service trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking. For information about elevation and difficulty, stop by the White River National Forest Office at I-70 Exit 171 or call (970) 827-5715.

    Use our "Local Business Search" to find hiking outfitters and guided hike providers!