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Directions to Vail

Vail Village in winter as the sun sets. Snow-covered buildings and trees line a pedestrian walkway, where several people stroll by the restaurants and shops. A snowy mountain ridge rises in the background.

Driving to Vail

Please know that peak travel days are Fridays (westbound on I-70) and Sundays (eastbound on I-70). Plan your drive to Vail around those days so you spend more time enjoying Vail, rather than looking at brake lights.

Coming from the east, Vail is generally accessed via Interstate 70 through Denver. From Denver, take I-70 west through the mountains. Vail is less than 100 miles away from Denver.

Traveling eastbound take I-70 through Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, Vail is a 50-minute drive.

From the south, there are a variety of routes to Vail. From southern Colorado, take I-25 north to Denver and then go west on I-70 for approximately 100 miles. For a scenic route, take Highway 522 to Highway 17. From there, the trip to Vail winds through the Arkansas River Valley, over the Continental Divide and through Leadville. Vail is an hour drive from Leadville on a scenic byway.

From northern Colorado, take I-25 south to Denver. From Denver take I-70 west, where Vail is a 100 mile drive through the mountains.


Hassle Free Vail Parking Information

Getting Around Vail with Public Transportation is easy!   Between bikes, your feet and free public transportation in Vail, it’s easy to get around.  Ditch the car all-together!

If you’re flying into Vail, reference our “Fly into Vail” travel tool.