5 of the Most Scenic Vail, CO, Hiking Trails

After hours of research, you’ve decided that the stunning mountains, gorgeous weather, and cultural appeal of Vail, CO, make it the perfect destination for your next getaway. All that’s left to do is figure out how to spend your time while you’re here. Luckily, we’ve already done all the work for you. If outdoor adventure is what’s calling you to Vail, here are the best Vail, CO, hiking trails for you to explore on your visit. Before you leave, don’t forget to take our free Vacation Guide with you. Our expertly crafted guide is full of Vail’s best attractions, events, and things to do, making it the ultimate tool for designing the perfect getaway!

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Vail, CO, Hiking: 5 Stunning Trails That Anyone Can Enjoy

Booth Falls Trail

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Booth Falls Trail is a lightly traveled hiking trail that winds its way from Booth Creek Road all the way to Booth Lake. Stroll past Booth Creek Valley’s aspen groves and panoramic vistas as you work your way towards Booth Creek Falls, rewarding your efforts with an incredible view of the 60-foot waterfall! Once you near the end, the trees thin and the rocky terrain gives you a spectacular view of Gore Range. Don’t forget to make this trail part of your next CO hiking adventure!

Length: 4.8 miles

Elevation Change: 1110 feet

Difficulty: Hard

Features: Booth Creek Falls, Gore Range, Booth Lake

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Shrine Ridge Trail

Mountain Landscape. Colorado Wilderness Backcountry Road.

Bring along the kids or even the dogs for this one. The Shrine Ridge Trail is perfect for those who are looking for an easier hike that still features amazing views of the Rockies. Colorful wildflowers, stunning wildlife, and the incredible beauty of White River National Forest are all waiting. The relatively level terrain also makes this a great trail for horseback riding!

Length: 4 miles

Elevation Gain: 961 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: White River National Forest, birdwatching

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Upper Piney River Falls Trail

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One of Vail’s most stunning trails, Upper Piney River Falls, carves its way through 5.9 miles of gorgeous terrain. Wrapping around Piney Lake, this lightly trafficked trail features meadows, aspen forests, and plenty of quiet spots to stop for a few minutes and take in the beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be on a leash!

Length: 5.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 731 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: Piney Lake, Eagles Nest Wilderness

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Gore Creek Trail to Buffalo Pass

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A longer hike, Gore Creek Trail to Buffalo Pass takes you through all of the best parts of Eagles Nest Wilderness. Follow Gore Creek as it climbs its way up the mountain, through forests and across open meadows. Dense aspen groves give way to conifer forests and beautiful wildflowers. This is the perfect Vail summer activity!

Length: 12.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,172 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: Gore Creek, Eagles Nest Wilderness, waterfalls

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Berrypicker Trail

Breathtaking view of a hiking trail, coniferous trees, an idle ski lift in summer atop Vail Mountain, with a panorama of the Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, Vail, Colorado

For a bit more of a challenge, Berrypicker Trail is a 6-mile hike that will really get the blood pumping. If you’re up for the trek, the view is definitely worth it. This is Eagles Nest Wilderness at its best. If you’re not feeling the difficult, uphill portion of the hike, there is even a gondola that can take you straight to the top! This trail is not to be underestimated, but if you want the full Vail hiking experience, we recommend that you don’t miss out on any of this incredible hike!

Length: 6.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,224 feet

Difficulty: Hard

Features: Eagles Nest Wilderness

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Where to Spend the Night in Vail, CO

golf course 54 view of interiorOnce the excitement of your Vail, CO, hiking adventure is over, retreat to the beauty and comfort of our vacation rentals. With gorgeous properties in every part of Vail Valley, finding the perfect place for you is never an issue!

For example, Golf Course #59 is a stunning townhome that is right on the first tee of Vail Golf Course. This 3000-square-foot property has everything you will need on your getaway. Enjoy comfortable bedding, flat-screen TVs, an indoor steam room, and magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains on your next stay!

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