Hiking on Vail Mountain during the summer is one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy this mountain paradise. Vail is home to some of the best hiking in Colorado; spend an hour or a day exploring waterfalls, rivers, streams, packed trails, and steep peaks. Dozens of trailheads can be accessed in Vail Valley, just minutes from town.
The Gore Range, with its rugged and pristine mountains, offer challenges for hikers of all skill levels. Whether you plan to attack one of Colorado’s “fourteeners” with summits over 14,000 feet, or to wander along one of many trails leading by mountain lakes or scenic viewpoints, you’re sure to be satisfied.
The chairlifts and gondolas from Vail and Beaver Creek operate all summer. Take one up to the top at Eagle’s Nest, where you will find the start of many wonderful trails. Weave your way through beautiful country flowers, wild strawberry fields, and spacious open meadows. Or take the 3-hour hike from the top of the gondola back down the mountain. For a rigorous day, hike up the mountain before returning by gondola.
Wherever you decide to hike, remember to take in all the wonders around you: mountain peaks, streams, waterfalls, wild flowers, and more. The Forest Service asks you to consider buying a hiking certificate. The cost of this certificate goes toward maintaining the Vail Mountain Rescue Team, a great group of people who will come to your aid whenever you need them! If you purchase the card, your rescue is free!
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