North Vail #1896

The North Vail Trail trail begins at Vail's North Frontage Road at exit 176 off of I-70 and ends at the west end of North Frontage Road near exit 173 off of I-70. This trail has numerous trailheads and access points including Trapper's Run, Buffehr Creek, Red Sandstone Road, and Middle Creek trailheads, as it parallels the I-70 corridor through Vail, CO.

This trail is closed annually from April 15 through June 20 for elk calving and migration.

This trail can be broken into four shorter sections. There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for each section of this trail that contain directions, a map and other details:

Visit our Recreation Quicksheets page to view more printable trail descriptions by ranger district.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Annual closure: April 15-June 20. Please observe these closures out of respect for resource protection and wildlife calving, feeding, and migration needs.
Closest Towns: Vail, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, (970) 827-5715     

General Information

Directions: Numerous trailheads. See the trail information sheets for directions to each trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Wide singletrack

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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11.1 miles

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