Parks in Vail

Community Parks

Ford Park/Playground
Ford Park includes the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Gerald R Ford Amphitheater, Tennis Center, athletic fields, picnic areas, ½ court basketball, and a custom play area. Enjoy the open space next to the playground, the picnic tables under the shelter, and the Morales sculpture area, all located at the lower bench of Ford Park.

Donovan Park/Playground
Donovan Park includes the Donovan Pavilion, Vail Waterwise Demonstration Garden, athletic fields, picnic areas, a basketball court, and a custom play area.

Neighborhood Parks
Bighorn Park*
Booth Creek Park
Buffehr Creek Park
Ellefson Park
Pirateship Park/Playground
Red Sandstone Park
Stephens Park*
Sunbird Park

*Off-leash Dog Friendly Parks
Dogs are allowed on leashes in all town parks, except for Ford Park or within 100 feet of an athletic field. An “off-leash” program has been established at Bighorn Park in East Vail and Stephens Park in West Vail.

Safety Reminders for Your Best Friend
Dogs are a big part of the mountain lifestyle and are considered a member of the family by many. When you’re out enjoying Vail, please remember to control your dog. Within the Town of Vail, dogs must be on a leash in Vail Village, Lionshead Mall, on all bike paths, and in all the town parks except for Bighorn and Stephens parks. Both Bighorn and Stephens parks are dog friendly parks, and dogs may be off their leash and controlled by voice command, with the exception of the playground areas. Remember to always clean up after your dog. Dog waste left in the environment transmits bacteria such as E. coli into Gore Creek. Pet pickup bags are provided throughout town for your convenience, but never leave home without one! Also, never leave a dog left unattended, especially inside a vehicle. During the warmer months, that temperature can rapidly increase, threatening the health and safety of your animal. Even with the windows down, the temperature can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside. Please leave your pet at home rather than risk a dangerous and regrettable circumstance.