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The Best Camping in Vail

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Top camping spots in and near Vail

  • Vail, Colorado

    Hike the Upper Piney River Trail

    4.0
    5.6 mi / 350 ft gain
    Beginning at an elevation of 9,397 feet, this hike provides an easy 2.8 mile (one way) trip through the gorgeous meadows against the distant aspens and alpines. Wildflowers and wildlife are abundant, which make this trip a fantastic education and play experience for kids.Coordinates for the trail...
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  • Vail, Colorado

    Backpack to Bubble Lake

    13 mi / 3600 ft gain
    The Gore's are a rough and remote section of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.  What this trip may lack in overall miles, it more than makes up for in elevation gain, scrambling, boulder hopping, and overall hard miles on the trail.  Every trip I have had the pleasure of taking into the Gore Range has...
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  • Minturn, Colorado

    Two Elk National Recreation Trail

    18.85 mi / 4760 ft gain
    Two Elk National Recreation Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Minturn, Colorado.
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  • Minturn, Colorado

    Cross Creek Trail

    25.82 mi / 3924 ft gain
    Cross Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Minturn, Colorado.
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  • Minturn, Colorado

    Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

    10.45 mi / 5335 ft gain
    Mount of the Holy Cross Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Red Cliff, Colorado.
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  • Buena Vista, Colorado

    Half Moon Trail

    4.67 mi / 489 ft gain
    Half Moon Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Red Cliff, Colorado.
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  • Minturn, Colorado

    Fall Creek Pass Trail

    16.62 mi / 4032 ft gain
    Fall Creek Pass Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Minturn, Colorado.
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Backpack to Upper Slate Lake

    5.0
    28 mi / 1386 ft gain
    Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead parking lot, it is an up and down trek to Upper Slate Lake. The trail map states 10 miles each way, but accounting for switchbacks it ends up being closer to 14 long, hard miles.You will be among aspens and pines for the first half as you have a few moderate...
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Salmon Lake and Willow Lake from Rock Creek Trailhead

    16.87 mi / 2854 ft gain
    Salmon Lake and Willow Lake from Rock Creek Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverthorne, Colorado.
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  • Edwards, Colorado

    Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wilderness Area Trail

    13.39 mi / 2385 ft gain
    Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wilderness Area Trail is a point-to-point trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Upper Cataract Lake Trail

    10.19 mi / 2533 ft gain
    Upper Cataract Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverthorne, Colorado.
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Surprise Trailhead Mirror Lake and Cat Lake

    13.39 mi / 2999 ft gain
    Surprise Trailhead Mirror Lake and Cat Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Silverthorne, Colorado.
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  • Summit County, Colorado

    Camp at Blue River Campground

    There are 24 sites at the Blue River Campground that have access to well maintained vault toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. The campsites range in size, from single tent to multi-tent use (however no RV hookups).This campground is popular in the summer and can fill up every weekend, so I rec...
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  • Minturn, Colorado

    Whitney Lake Trail

    4.94 mi / 2119 ft gain
    Whitney Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Red Cliff, Colorado.
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  • Frisco, Colorado

    Wheeler Lakes

    6.5 mi / 1447 ft gain
    Wheeler Lakes is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Frisco, Colorado.
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  • Silverthorne, Colorado

    Willow Lakes via Gore Range Trail

    11.67 mi / 2605 ft gain
    Willow Lakes via Gore Range Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverthorne, Colorado.
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