Vail Pass Colorado

Vail Pass Colorado

Our Snowmobile Rentals and Timbersled Rentals are ideal for exploring Vail Pass Colorado during the winter months. Managed by the US Forest Service, the Vail Pass Recreation area is a 65,000 acre backcountry paradise. There are over 65 miles of motorized trails, over 45 miles of groomed trails and just over 3,000 acres of motorized-assisted (tow-in) ski terrain. Elk Mountain at 12,693 feet is the tallest mountain in the recreation area while the historic Camp Hale is the lowest elevation at 9,100 feet. If you're wondering where to go on Vail Pass, you can check out the trails down by Camp Hale and even stop in the town of Red Cliff for lunch at Mangos Mountain Grill. If you're looking for open powder fields, the Shrine Bowl region offers a popular open field to explore and is easily accessed from the parking spaces at the top of Vail Pass.

The Vail Pass Map above outlines all of the available areas for Snowmobile Renters and Timbersled Renters to explore as set by the US Forest Service. You are in the Colorado Backcountry as soon as you leave the parking locations so you must be prepared for the unexpected. Avalanche shovels, probes, and beacons should always be in your pack and keep in mind that you will not have cell phone service. You should also carry a GPS device and a topographic map of the area. Vail Pass Colorado offers motorized, non motorized, and backcountry skiing locations, and it is your responsibility to know where you are at all times.

Weekends on Vail Pass are always the busiest due to heavy "weekend warrior" traffic from Denver, Colorado. With the traffic comes a rush for parking as parking on the pass is limited. We recommend that you arrive early. There is limit parking available at the I-70 Vail Pass Exit and there is a $10 per person fee to park your vehicle so be sure to have some extra cash on hand.

Location Details

Parking Available

Over 65,000 Acres

Located in White River National Forest

Seasonal Activities

Snowmobiling / Timbersleds

Back Country Skiing / Snowboarding

Snowshoeing / XC Skiing

RZR's / 4x4 / Dirt Biking

Hiking / Backpacking

Lime Creek Road Print Map

Vail Pass Colorado Map

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE

  1. Alway have Avalanche rescue gear and know how to use it.
  2. Uphill traffic and snowcats have the right of way.
  3. Ride single file. Pass on the left.
  4. Use designated pick-up/drop-off spots.
  5. Stay in control.
  6. Always ride the fall line.
  7. NEVER ride above groups.

These maps are for reference only. Always carry certified U.S. Forest Maps and GPS devices while in the back country. It is your responsibility to know the hazards involved in back country travel and to use proper safety gear and procedures to minimize risks and hazards.