Vail Valley Seasonal Trail Closures

Spring & Winter Trail Closure Information

Muddy trails are always closed trails.  These trails are open (pending conditions):

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails:

Hiking Trails Only (Wilderness):

Seasonal Closures

Every spring and winter on Forest Service land, BLM in Eagle, Eagle Open Space, and the West Avon Preserve there are several trail closures that may alter bikers and hikers plans.

The closures are there for the protection of wildlife during the sensitive birthing period and to protect soils, vegetation, watershed and fisheries during the mud season. We ask that you respect the following closures out of concern for our natural environment. These closures are for all recreation activities including foot, horse and bicycle travel.

Forest Service Seasonal Trail Closures:

Beaver Creek Seasonal Trail Closures from May 6 – July 1

Eagle Seasonal Trail Closures: December 15 – April 15

  • East Eagle (Pool & Ice, Dirt Surfer, Extra Credit, & the 3rd Loop of Haymker
  • Eagle Ranch – All trails
  • West Eagle – All trails
  • For details about Eagle’s trails please visit Eagle Outside

West Avon Preserve Seasonal Trail Closures: December 15  – April15

Learn More About Seasonal Trail Closures

The primary reasons for the trail closures are deer and elk winter range, calving, and migration. Spring is a sensitive time of year for pregnant and nursing females. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has determined that minimizing human disturbance with seasonal trail closures gives the animals time and space to nurse calves until they are strong enough to move with the herds.

Other partners such as Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Eagle County, West Avon Preserve, and several municipalities have seasons for the trails they are responsible for. Please visit their websites to ensure you are hiking/riding on open trails during the sensitive spring season. Some spring trail closures are for wildlife and others are to protect the trail tread during mud season.

Muddy trail conditions are another important reason for seasonal closures. Riding, hiking, running or horseback-riding on muddy trails can cause significant damage to trails that can be difficult and expensive to repair.

For more information, please contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District office at 970-827-5715 or stop by during business hours M-F 8-12:30/1:30-4:30pm.