World-famous skiing and a vibrant community have put Vail on the map for generations of travelers. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley in the Colorado Rockies, it was a town created by skiers for skiers, and has now developed into one of the top year-round resort destinations in the world.
Vail lies about 25 miles from Camp Hale, which spawned the famous 10th Mountain Division of mountain-trained soldiers during World War II. The Colorado Ski Museum in Vail honors the memory of those soldiers, who played a pivotal role in the war.
Luxurious condos, first-class ski resorts and cozy lodges surround a village sporting dozens of restaurants and retail shops that indulge visitors.
The town is home to any number of dynamic events which provide a rich cultural and adventurous palate for our visitors. From The Taste of Vail and Gourmet on Gore food and wine festivals, The GoPro Summer Mountain Games, a huge July 4th extravaganza, nationally renowned outdoor summer music and dance festivals, Colorado’s largest Farmers Market and Art Show, and newly home to the Burton US Open in 2013. And for 2015, Vail will host the World Alpine Ski Championships.
Former president Gerald R. Ford made his home here much of the time. His philanthropy created the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a must-see. Also check out the Vail Nature Center for an all-natural attraction.
At Vail Pass, visitors can find a handful of scenic and easily accessed lakes in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. The hike up Mount of the Holy Cross is no easy task, but one of the most popular in the area.
Vail today has grown to a year round world class destination with equal appeal in winter and summer.
Welcome to Vail!
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