Hiking the Vail Valley, Colorado

Hiking the Vail Valley, Colorado

Exploring the Natural Beauty of the Vail Valley

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Vail Valley in central Colorado is a hiker's paradise. With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse trails, and stunning views, this region offers an unforgettable hiking experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

Our Vail Valley, Colorado Hiking - Biking Trails and Fishing Map is the ideal tool for an unforgettable adventure.  Maps the entire Vail Valley from Vail Pass on the east, Holy Cross Wilderness on the south, Piney Lake on the north, and Dotsero on the west.

It's two maps in one - a huge 36x24" unfolded paper map, 4x8" folded, that includes a free GPS accurate mobile map

The mobile map works in the Avenza Map App, even without wifi or cell service. A Blue GPS dot will mark your location in real time, so you can easily navigate your journey.  You can drop pins, add descriptions, take photos, and more - all with one awesome map.

You'll be an instant pro with plenty of info, like a detailed listing of hiking trails by difficulty level, points of interest, public fishing spots on the Eagle River, Gore Creek, Home Stake Creek, remote fishing locations, campgrounds, picnic areas, open space, hiking safety tips, and more!

We design with you in mind, keeping it simple and clear.  Includes Mount of the Holy Cross.

Trails for All Abilities

Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a beginner, the Vail Valley has a trail for you. From gentle walks along scenic rivers to challenging ascents up mountain peaks, there is something for everyone.

1. Booth Falls Trail

One of the most popular hikes in the Vail Valley is the Booth Falls Trail. This moderate 3.9-mile trail takes you through lush forests, past a picturesque waterfall, and rewards you with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

2. Hanging Lake Trail

If you're up for a more challenging hike, the Hanging Lake Trail is a must-do. This 3.2-mile trail features steep switchbacks and takes you to a stunning turquoise lake suspended on the edge of a cliff. The unique beauty of Hanging Lake is truly worth the effort.

3. Gore Creek Trail

For a leisurely hike with beautiful scenery, the Gore Creek Trail is an excellent choice. This 7.6-mile trail follows the meandering Gore Creek, offering stunning views of wildflowers, aspen groves, and wildlife. It's a perfect option for nature lovers.

4. Holy Cross Wilderness Loop

For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, the Holy Cross Wilderness Loop is an epic adventure. This 22-mile loop takes you to the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross, one of Colorado's most iconic peaks. The breathtaking views from the top are truly awe-inspiring.

Experience the Magic of the Vail Valley

Beyond the incredible hiking trails, the Vail Valley offers a plethora of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. From mountain biking and fly fishing to horseback riding and whitewater rafting, there is no shortage of adventures to embark on.

After a day of exploring the great outdoors, you can relax and unwind in the charming mountain villages of Vail and Beaver Creek. Indulge in world-class dining, browse boutique shops, or simply soak in the alpine ambiance.

Whether you are seeking a peaceful nature retreat or an adrenaline-filled adventure, hiking in the Vail Valley is an experience like no other. From the stunning vistas to the serene trails, this destination will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

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