Vail Mountain is a great place to enjoy a hike, with trails starting from the base areas (for FREE) and trails starting from the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (accessed with lift ticket).
There are also many incredibly beautiful hikes in National Forest Service land that are close to Vail listed below. Most are easily accessible through the free bus system – grab a Bus to Hike map from the Welcome Center. For more information, call the U.S. Forest Service 970-827-5715 or visit the White River National Forest hiking trails website.
East Vail Area Hikes: Bighorn Creek, Booth Creek, Deluge Lake, Gore Creek, Pitkin Creek
North Trail Sections: Cortina Lane to Buffehr Creek, Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone, Red Sandstone to Son of Middle Creek, Trappers Run
Red Sandstone Road Accessed Hikes (Not on the bus route, requires a short drive up Red Sandstone Rd.): Upper Piney River, Lost Lake
Families love exploring the Recreation Path Through Vail!
The Vail Recreation Path is the perfect way to have fun with your entire family. Located right in the middle of town, the trail winds from West Vail to East Vail, following Gore Creek and has 1,100 acres of open space available to the public. The path stretches for 15 miles and is surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest. Sections of the path are “improved gravel,” and parts are completely paved. Strollers can be pushed along all parts! Enjoy nature, and the sound of the creek just steps away from the village life! Vail’s recreation path system is a multi-use (bike, walk) recreation path with connections to numerous soft surface hiking and mountain biking trails. In addition, Vail’s Gore Valley Trail connects to the Vail Pass Trail into Summit County to the east and the Eagle Valley Trail towards Glenwood Springs to the west.