The Vail Valley has long been a mecca for hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts during the summer months. We know this because we are avid hikers and bikers ourselves, and Lodge at Lionshead guests enjoy benefitting from our local knowledge when asking advice on trails to check out while they are here on vacation.
The most popular place our guests like to hike and bike is on Vail Mountain. You can’t beat the ease of access when your condo is only 100 yards from the base of the mountain! However, there are also many other trails throughout the town of Vail itself, and further down-valley from Eagle-Vail (Avon) to Eagle, Colorado.
The U.S. Forest Service manages many of the trails in our valley. Most can be hiked any time of year (yes, even in the snow), but a few select trails stay closed in the spring months from April to June for wildlife protection. According to the Vail Daily today in an article by the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, many of these trails will be opening after seasonal closures throughout the next two weeks. Here’s what they have to say:
“First, thank you for your patience and understanding of the closures. The primary reasons for the trail closures are elk calving and migration. Spring is a sensitive time of year for pregnant and nursing females.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has determined that minimizing human disturbance with seasonal trail closures gives the animals time and space to nurse calves until they are strong enough to move with the herds. The closures also protect soil, vegetation, watershed and fisheries.
Now on to the exciting news: The U.S. Forest Service trails that are opening between today and June 30 are:
- The North Trail: today
- Son of Middle Creek: today
- Paulie’s Plunge-Stone Creek: Tuesday
- Whiskey Creek: Tuesday
- Easter Hillside: Tuesday
- Two Elk: June 30
Please remember that even though these trails are opening it doesn’t mean they are dry. Muddy trails are always closed. Other partners such as Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Eagle County and several municipalities have seasons for the trails for which they are responsible. For example, Beaver Creek has a seasonal closure for elk calving on many trails including Elkhorn, Primrose, Arrowhead Mountain Trail and more, so please be patience [sic].
Trail openings also mean it’s time to clean up for the summer. Adopt a Trail is in full swing, and I highly encourage you to join a crew to help get our trails back in shape after the winter.
The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association Trail Crew is always looking for more trail crew volunteers to help with the completion of the Minturn Mini Mile. The Trail Crew meets every other Wednesday night, and details can be found on our Facebook or at vvmba.org.
Thank you to all who are supporting our trails. Whether you are digging, donating or volunteering, we appreciate your help and passion.
The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association is a nonprofit organization and community of diverse participants that supports the maintenance and construction of sustainable mountain biking and hiking trails throughout Eagle County.”
Plan Your Next Rocky Mountain Hiking or Biking Adventure
Searching for Vail Colorado hotels for your summer vacation? Why not book a condo for your basecamp instead? Lodge at Lionshead offers condo rentals from small (Platinum Studio Loft) to large (Gold 4 Bedroom or Platinum 4 Bedroom) with kitchens and comfortable living areas. Come on your own, or bring the whole family! Two to four night minimum stay is required depending on the season. You can check out rates and availability right here on our website.