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23 Mar 2021
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Vail & BC Activities

hiking in vail and beaver creek

With spring weather right around the corner, it's time to hit the trails! Let's dust off those trail shoes, grab your favorite buff, and enjoy the extensive hiking trails of the Rocky Mountains in Vail and Beaver Creek.

We’ve listed out several of our favorite Vail and Beaver Creek-area hikes below, along with our pro tips to make the most of your day.

Tip 1: Don’t forget the sunscreen
As we’re at least a mile closer to the sun and our summer skies are mostly cloud-free, it’s very easy to get sunburned. Always be sure that you have slathered on plenty of sunscreen before heading out onto a hike. Reapply often!

Also, dehydration happens easily at this altitude, bring plenty of water and a snack. Wear layers. The weather can change quickly in the mountains, so be prepared by bringing a warm layer that you can easily shed when you need a quick cool down. 

Tip 2: Download the COTREX app
This is a free app created by Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife. It has the most up to date information on trail closures, trail conditions and a GPS system to point you in the right direction.

You can even download maps so that you can view them offline (we highly recommend doing this as cell service can be non-existent in some hiking areas). Consult COTREX before planning any hike to avoid unexpected closures. As with all of our outdoor recreational activities, help keep our area vibrant and beautiful by staying on the trail and leaving no trace. 


To read more about each trail description, check out our Things to Do page >>


Booth Falls and Lake

  • Difficulty: The hike to the waterfall is rated moderate and continuing to the lake is rated more difficult.

Pitkin Lake

  • Difficulty: Most difficult.

North Trail/Davos

  • The trail is closed from April 15th to June 15th for wildlife migration and elk calving.

Gore Creek Trail / Deluge Lake

  • Gore Creek Trail – Difficulty: Moderate
  • Deluge Lake – Difficulty: Most difficult

Piney Lake near Vail Colorado

Piney Lake and trails in the vicinity

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Vail Mountain and gondola accessed trails

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Vail Pass area

  • Corral Creek TrailDifficulty:  Moderate
  • Bowman’s Shortcut Trail/Commando Ski Run – Difficulty: Moderate
  • Shrine Ridge TrailDifficulty: Easy to Moderate

Hiking in Colorado


To read more about each trail description, check out our Things to Do page >>

Meadow Mountain

  • Difficulty: Moderate

Lions head rock trail

  • Difficulty: More difficult

Beaver Lake

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

East Lake Creek Trail 

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

Squaw Creek Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate

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