Towns Around Vail

Towns Around Vail

Vail is the legendary ski resort town we so admire and dream about and are constantly wanting to visit – but it’s not the only one here in Eagle County. The area that encapsulates Vail and its surrounding communities here in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is replete with little towns, neighborhoods and villages, each with their own distinct flavor and charm. There are also several world-class ski resorts in the vicinity to explore, especially if you’ve got an Epic Pass which gives you access to most every ski resort in the area.

If you’re flying into Denver and driving due west along the scenic I-70 with the mountains growing taller around you as you journey deeper, you’ll hit a series of towns. You’ll pass Breckenridge and around a big bend you’ll come across Vail, about 100 miles from Denver. Continuing westward, you’ll hit Beaver Creek (15-minutes outside Vail) with Avon right after it. A bit further on is Edwards and then eventually Eagle (45-minutes outside Vail), where the other airport access is, if you opt for something other than Denver International (which is a remarkably spooky airport, actually, with some very strange murals and statues). Driving south from Vail takes you the historic towns of Minturn and Redcliff (about 20-minutes away).

Let’s take a closer look at each of the towns around Vail, zooming in for a brief glance and nodding our heads in approval.

Towns Around Vail


The gateway to Beaver Creek is just eight miles from Vail, and despite its name you probably won’t be hassled by any door-to-door saleswomen. Avon offers an inviting ambiance and distinct atmosphere with a style all its own. The people are down to earth and there are plenty of quality lodgings, restaurants and activities – and the prices are more affordable than Vail. Located right on I-70 you’ve got access to all of Eagle County. The free Gondola Express bus gets you up to Beaver Creek Resort within 10 minutes; lakes freeze over for skating and hockey; and in the summer there is a whitewater river playground, free family movies in the park, and the mightiest fireworks display in the Colorado Rockies. The small-town vibe in this charming mountain town offers a high level of service and safety, extreme luxury, and it is exceptionally family friendly.

Beaver Creek

Vail’s “Little Brother” offers a distinctly more relaxed, intimate and family-orientated experience. Come to Beaver Creek for the same level of world-class skiing as Vail, as well as excellent restaurants, amenities and accommodation. The mountain offers three areas to ski on 1,625 acres, ideally for intermediate skiers with an abundance of blue runs although there are some excellent steep runs for the advanced skiers and greens runs all the way down for the beginners. There’s also cross country skiing, ice rinks, a climbing wall, and nightlife for the letting loose aspect of your vacation.


Possibly the most patriotic American town name (aside from Libertyville, Iowa and Patriot, Indiana), Eagle is a quaint and sleepy town with a traditional Main Street and friendly community spirit. The old-fashioned way of life is a major attraction here, along with the county fairs and rodeos and some of the best whitewater rafting in the country.


Edwards has become one of the most popular communities in the Vail Valley with its central location, warm and friendly atmosphere, and a warmer climate than its neighbors. Like the other towns on the list, Edwards boasts many prime shops, restaurants, nightlife and activities to keep you busy and entertained. The town is home to wide open spaces and nature, so people come for the skiing, hiking, mountain biking and camping.


The oldest town in the area hearkens back to the Wild West with saloons and sawmills and traditional charm. Tucked in a canyon just south of Vail, the tiny community of Redcliff is worth exploring for the history and the outdoor activities: outstanding hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, climbing, and some of the best fishing in the Rockies.


Another classic small-town America community, Minturn is full of traditional values and unbelievable scenery. There are a few restaurants and galleries worth the visit, as well as an adventure park, open-air market, and winery.

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