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The Vail Pass Trail is a paved recreation trail. It runs from Vail, over Vail Pass to Copper Mountain, where it links to the Tenmile Trail.


A designated National Scenic Trail, Vail Pass Trail offers many panoramic views of the Gore Range. Vail Pass Trail links to Tenmile Canyon Trail at Copper Mountain. The trail is paved and approximately seven feet wide.

The trail is designed for multipurpose recreation including: family activities, running, and bicycling. It also serves as an access point for fishermen and hunters.

Cooperative engineering work was done in it's planning stage between the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Highway Department. The Highway Department maintains most of the trail.

It should be remembered that the trail is designed for multi-use recreation. We ask that safety be stressed when using the trail. Bicycles may loose control quickly, with the many steep grades and tight corners. The difficulty in many portions of the trail may demand good physical shape for bicyclists.

Directions: From Beaver Creek, Travel east on I-70 to the east Vail exit, (#180). Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto a frontage road. Follow the frontage road to the road closure gate, approximately 2 miles. This is the start of Vail Pass Trail.To access the trail at the top of Vail Pass, follow I-70 east to the Vail Pass exit. Park at the rest area and follow the frontage road to Black Lakes. The Frontage Road turns into the bike path. Vail, Frisco, or Glenwood can be accessed from this point. The trail can also be accessed from bicycle paths in the town of Vail or from Copper Mountain.

Elevation: 8,700 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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