History of The Vail Valley

The pristine natural resources of the Vail Valley have attracted settlers throughout the ages. Native American Ute tribes were among the first to inhabit the area, and gold and silver miners arrived by the late 19th century. What was then known as Gore Creek Valley became home to pioneer families, and each of the towns within the valley developed over time.

The ski mountain of Vail was “discovered” in the mid-1950s by Peter Seibert and Earl Eaton of the 10th Mountain Division. In 1962, Vail was launched as a ski town, and has grown to become the largest ski area in North America. Beaver Creek, though initially inhabited in the late 1800s by prospectors, hit its stride as another resort town in the early 1980s.

Towns like Avon, Gypsum and Eagle are historical ranching towns, while Minturn developed primarily as a railroad town. Edwards (part of unincorporated Eagle County) was initially founded as a mining town, but developed into a bedroom community for the resort employees of Vail and Beaver Creek.

The Vail Valley has dramatically evolved over the years, bringing with it world renown culture to this western paradise.


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