The Beaver Creek area is home to some of the best hiking in Colorado. It lies in the Vail Valley, where you can find hidden waterfalls, rivers, streams or dozens of hiking trails to explore. Most trailheads are located just minutes from downtown.
The Gore Range consists of rugged and pristine mountains, interspersed with high mountain meadows, which 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 want to wander along one of many trails leading along mountain lakes or scenic viewpoints, you’re sure to be satisfied.
The chairlifts and gondolas from Beaver Creek and Vail operate all through the summer, so take one up to the top at Eagle’s Nest, where you will find the start of many wonderful trails that weave their way through beautiful country flowers, fields of wild strawberries, and spacious open meadows. Or take the three hour hike from the top of the gondola back down the mountain. If you’re looking for a rigorous day enjoying the mountain scenery, hike up the mountain, and ride the gondola down.
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 that you to consider buying a hiking certificate which 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 buy this card, your rescue is free!
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