Location & Area Information

The Vail Valley is tucked in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains. Each of the towns within the valley are connected by Interstate 70, which provides easy access to Denver and Boulder to the east, Grand Junction to the west and Colorado Springs to the southeast.

The Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport, located in Eagle, is a convenient way to fly. Major airlines (such as American, Continental, Delta and United) fly directly into Eagle during the peak winter and summer months. American Airlines offers a direct flight from Eagle to Dallas, United to Chicago and Denver, and United Express offers several daily flights to Denver International Airport. A major international hub, Denver International Airport is approximately two hours away by road and 45 minutes by plane.

Public transportation is convenient and affordable. The Vail Valley’s ECO Transit System serves all the local communities year-round. The Town of Vail Transit Department offers the country’s largest free year-round bus service, and Beaver Creek runs a free shuttle service between Beaver Creek village and the surrounding communities.

Vail Valley at a Glance

Elevation: 8,150 feet
Population: 4,500
Surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest, Vail sits at the base of the best ski mountain in North America (boasting 5,000 skiable acres). Vail combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a charming small-town feel. The town is bursting with shops, restaurants and cultural activities.

Elevation: 7,900 feet
Population: 1,068
Minturn is one of the oldest towns in Eagle County. Established as a mining and railroad town, Minturn still retains an Old West feeling today. Highway 24 (a state and national scenic byway) winds through town, and is one of the most spectacular scenic drives in Colorado.

Elevation: 7,480 feet
Population: 5,560
Avon is known as “the heart of the valley” for its central location. The town has many affordable housing options, and is home to a thriving business community. It is also the gateway to Beaver Creek.

Beaver Creek
Elevation: 8,100 feet
Population: 250
Mainly a resort village, Beaver Creek offers a variety of outdoor experiences and a thriving cultural selection that includes theater, concerts and art tours. Its European-style, village-to-village skiing experience and challenging slopes cater to all skill levels.

Elevation: 7,226 feet
Population: 8,500
Home to several neighborhoods and a wide range of housing options, Edwards is a family-oriented community. Several schools, countless businesses, thriving dining and shopping districts and top-notch healthcare are just a few of the amenities of this town.

Elevation: 6,605 feet
Population: 3,000
A location 30 miles west of Vail makes this town a quiet escape from the fast paced resort lifestyle. It has the highest percentage of full-time residents, and offers a full range of housing developments and community necessities. Eagle is also the county seat of Eagle County.

Elevation: 6,300 feet
Population: 3,654
Gypsum is located at the confluence of the Eagle River and Gypsum Creek. A friendly and inviting atmosphere welcomes new residents. Gypsum plays host to true western working ranches and an active 4H club.



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