Grooming begins on the trails at Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area


VAIL, Colorado – Thanks to this week’s snowstorms, crews have begun maintaining the trails around the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area.

The 55,000 acre area offers stunning views of nearby mountains and is a popular place to recreate in the winter with nearly 120 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails. It is managed by the USDA Forest Service.

Brice Parker

Snow Guards are preparing for the 2021-2022 winter season on Vail Pass.

You can download a map of the region via Avenza Maps on your phone for serviceless mapping. For current winter trail conditions, see The map is available by click here in PDF format and below.

USFS Vail Pass Rec Card


The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area is a very popular winter recreation area for hikers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers. Visitors should therefore plan ahead and arrive early. Visitor car parks are usually full by 9:30 a.m. on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. If the parking lots are full, you will need to come back later or access the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area from the trailheads at Camp Hale or Redcliff. Click here for parking details.

Some trails are open to motorized travel and others are not. Maps are available at paid terminals indicating the routes open to vehicles.

Vail Pass Recreation Area_ US Forest Service

United States Forest Service

White River National Forest has partnered with the Vail Pass Task Force to maintain the trails. Day passes cost $10 and are available for purchase at the trailhead. Season passes are $65 and can be purchased at the credit card vending machine at Vail Pass or at the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District in Minturn and the Dillon Ranger District in Silverthorne. Ninety-five percent of this fee funds trail maintenance, snow removal, ranger patrols, and visitor information services in that specific recreation area.

The area is generally open for winter recreation until May.

Always check the avalanche forecast before heading into the hinterland during the winter months.


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