- Eagle County Regional Airport
- 217 Eldon Wilson Rd - Gypsum
- Colorado 81637 - United States
- (970) 328-2680
- [email protected]
Getting here is easy. The villages of the Vail Valley--comprised of the communities of Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, Arrowhead, Minturn, Cordillera, Edwards and Eagle--are located only 90 miles west of Denver. Each has its own unique character. The entire Vail Valley offers an exciting nightlife, gourmet dining, world-class shopping and incredible outdoor adventure, in both winter and summer. Locals in the Vail Valley and at the V.V.T.C.B. offer unmatched, friendly guidance and complete service in planning every aspect of your trip.
The heart of Vail is comprised of the Tyrolean-inspired Vail Village and the more contemporary Lionshead. Both are nestled between the mighty peaks of the Gore Range at an elevation of 8,200 feet with surrounding peaks soaring to heights of over 13,000 feet. A unique blend of American and European cultures, Vail is cosmopolitan yet relaxed. Picturesque, winding pedestrian streets feature colorful shops and boutiques, an international potpourri of restaurants and cafes, a sparkling nightlife and breathtaking vistas at every turn.
Then there is that fabulous mountain! A skier and snowboarder paradise in the winter and a mountain biking and hiking haven during the summer months, Vail Mountain truly offers something for everyone.
Beaver Creek Resort¨ is renowned for its flawless taste as well as its superior recreational amenities. The resort's distinctive architectural motif was inspired by mountain towns of southern Europe and reflects a timeless elegance worthy of a world-class retreat. Beaver Creek offers an amazing array of unique indulgences and unparalleled service. Its quaint pedestrian plazas are lined with enchanting cafes and restaurants, boutiques and galleries and this season promises much more.
The final phase of Beaver Creek Village, dubbed Market Square, is now complete and the results are dazzling. The much-anticipated Vilar Center for the Arts, an innovative performing and visual arts center, has announced a jam-packed 1998-99 calendar of events for its second year. This past winter also saw the opening of Beaver Creek's year-round outdoor ice skating rink, two new shopping promenades, restaurants and a host of other amenities, including the country's first skier escalators. No trip to the valley is complete without experiencing the rare pleasures of Beaver Creek Resort¨, one of the world's most distinguished year-round resorts.
Avon is centrally located in the Vail Valley on the I-70 corridor at the entrance to Beaver Creek Resort¨. This local community is home to the Avon Recreation Center, a new municipal library and the ever-popular Nottingham Lake. During the summer, picnics lakeside are a wonderful choice for families looking for daytime activities and the more adventurous can try paddleboating or during the winter months, ice skating. Three ski areas, six golf courses, river rafting and miles of biking, hiking and riding trails can be found within 10 miles of Avon's commercial center. And a variety of shopping and dining can be found throughout town. Lodging in Avon is generally affordable and the amenities available throughout town make it an excellent choice for families. Avon/Beaver Creek Transit provides convenient and frequent transportation to most of the nearby attractions.
Minturn is a picturesque town with a rich history, nestled along the Eagle River just southwest of Vail. The Minturn area, first named Boukas Ranch, then Booco's Station, was homesteaded as early as 1885, but the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad put its stamp on the town in 1887 when it extended its track from Battle Mountain through the Eagle River Valley. The D&RGW; then renamed the town for Robert Minturn, vice-president of the D&RGW; from New York. Minturn became a division point on the railroad, with engine helpers, roundhouse, turntable and railroad hotel. The main street through the town, Highway 24, is recognized as one of Colorado's Top of the Rockies Scenic Byways and allows for spectacular sight-seeing. Visitors enjoy Minturn for its quaint shops, unique galleries, western antiques and its down-home hospitality. Minturn is also home to a wine cellar and the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center. Minturn has become the popular choice for those seeking lodging at many of the valley's Bed & Breakfast Inns. There are currently three B& B's in Minturn from which to choose.
A bluff above the present town of Edwards marks the site of Eagle County's first dwelling, a log cabin built by Joseph Brett circa 1877-78. Brett operated a resort in Lake Creek until his death in 1931. The cabin remains to this day. Harrison Berry owned the ranch where Edwards began years later, and the community was first called Berry's Ranch but was later renamed for Melvin Edwards, a Red Cliff postmaster who became Colorado's Secretary of State. Edwards is located about 15 miles west of Vail and 9 miles from Beaver Creek. Located at the center of the Eagle River Valley, Edwards enjoys plenty of sunshine and mild weather. The community is a thriving commercial and residential area and boasts a Victorian and "old-west" feel. There are several exceptional golf courses in the area and thanks to the warmer, down valley climate, the playing season is almost two months longer than in higher altitudes. Edwards is also home to unique shops and boutiques, mouth-watering restaurants, a movie theater, grocery store and a brand new hotel. Edwards includes the popular communities of Homestead, Lake Creek, Riverwalk, Singletree, Arrowhead and Cordillera.
Historic Eagle is the county seat of Eagle County and the most traditional residential community in the Vail Valley. Eagle is home to the Eagle County Regional Airport, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Resource Conservation, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and a strong community spirit. Scenic Brush Creek stretches south of town and leads to several public recreation areas offering an abundance of backcountry exploration and spectacular mountain scenery. Eagle is home to many comfortable yet affordable lodging properties. In fact, many of the valley's most economical options lie in the town of Eagle. The Eagle Visitor's Center and the Eagle County Historical Society Museum are located in Chambers Park where a turn-of-the-century barn houses historic photos, maps and artifacts from the area's earlier days.