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Mountain Biking at Vail

Vail is an amazing location for mountain biking. Miles of scenic trails are accesible on Vail via the Eagle Bahn and Gondola One - and the adventurous can always ride up the mountain. With plenty of trails for every type of bike rider, Vail mountain offers up adventure, challenge, and enjoyment for families, first timers, experts, and everyone in between.

Don't have a bike? No problem: rent bikes, helmets, and other gear from the Vail Sports locations in Vail Village and Lionshead or one of many other local shops. To get to the top of the mountain, so you only have to ride downhill, you can purchase a special bike haul ticket for the gondola. Mountain biking around Vail is the perfect way to add a memorable experience to your summer vacation!  

Want to ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola or Gondola One up Vail and ride down? A special bike haul ticket provides a ride and our staff will load the bikes for you! A popular option is the bike haul and lunch voucher combo, which includes a $15 food voucher for lunch up top!

Questions about any of these products? Call: 970.SKI.VAIL(754-8245)       


Adult All Day Bike Haul

Valid for a 1-Day Bike Haul. Includes a full day of unlimited lift rides and bike hauls. 


Child All Day Bike Haul (Ages 5-12)

Valid for a 1-Day Bike Haul. Includes a full day of unlimited lift rides and bike hauls. 


Senior/Military All Day Bike Haul (Senior is over 65)

Valid for a 1-Day Bike Haul. Includes a full day of unlimited lift rides and bike hauls. 


15/16 Epic/Epic Local/Merchant Pass holder Bike Haul Upgrade

Valid for a 1-Day Bike Haul. Includes a full day of unlimited lift rides and bike hauls for Epic/Merchant Passholders



FreeRide Local Bike Pass

The Free-Ride Local Pass provides unlimited bike hauls and riding at Vail plus 2 days each resort of Keystone, Canyons, Northstar and Kirkwood.       


FreeRide Pass

The Free-Ride Unlimited Pass is valid at Vail, Keystone, Canyons, Northstar and Kirkwood for an entire season of unlimited lift rides.             


Adult Week-Long Bike Pass

Valid for 7 consecutive days of Vail Mountain biking summer access.


Child Week-Long Bike Pass

Valid for 7 consecutive days of Vail Mountain biking summer access.


Senior/Military Week-Long Bike Pass (Senior is over 65)

Valid for 7 consecutive days of Vail Mountain biking summer access.


Tickets that are available for purchase online must be bought 48 hours in advance, and will need to be picked up at a Summer Ticket Office. You may also purchase tickets in person at any Summer Ticket Office when you arrive in Vail. The Summer Ticket Offices are located across from the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead and adjacent to Gondola One in Vail Village. Ticket offices open daily a half hour prior to lift operations.

Mountain bikers on Vail Mountain must fill out a Liability Form

Bikes must have two functioning hand brakes to board Gondolas. Child carriers and tow-behind child bikes not allowed up Gondolas. See full summer safety information page to ensure you have the best trip possible!

More information about Vail Gondola dates, hours, and ticket prices

A listing of trails for mountain biking in Vail, including the on-mountain trails that can be accessed by riding up the Gondolas and a selection of local trails for the more experienced mountain bikers.

On Mountain Trails served by the Gondola Bike Haul (view Summer Vail trail map)

Village Trail
Rating: Green
A two-way dirt road navigating the eastern side of Vail Mountain between Mid-Vail and Vail Village. Beautiful views of the town and Gore Range. 5.8 miles (9.3 km)

Lower Lucy's Loop
Rating: Green
Beginner bike trail between Mid-Vail and Eagle's Nest. 1.6 miles (2.5 km) round-trip

Cub's Way
Rating: Green 
Dirt road beginner option connecting Lion Down to Gitalong Road. 1.0 miles (1.6 km)

Gitalong Road
Rating: Green
A pleasant winding dirt road from Eagle's Nest or Mid-Vail to Vail Village. 5 miles (8 km)

South 6 
Rating: Blue
This single-track off Village Trail is an option for intermediate bikers - 0.75 miles (1.2 km)

Hank's Hideaway
Rating: Blue
A challenging, winding single-track through aspen groves with an option at the end to return to Vail Village (requires some climbing) or Lionshead. 2 miles (3.2 km)

Fred's Lunch
Rating: Blue
Classic single-track mixing tight, wooded sections with open meadows that leads from Mid-Vail to lower Gitalong Road, providing spectacular views. 2.2 miles (3.6 km)

Grand Traverse
Rating: Blue
Vail's signature single-track traverses the Back Bowls from Eagle's Nest, offering excellent views of Mt. of the Holy Cross. 4 miles (6.4 km) one-way.

Lion Down
Rating: Blue
Intermediate descending option from Eagle's Nest to Lionshead. This winding dirt road through aspen forests becomes single- and double-track at Gitalong Road. 6 miles (9.7 km)

Mid-Vail Escape 
Rating: Blue
Open single- and double-track that takes you from the top of Vail Mountain to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range. 2.2 miles (3.5km)

Freeride biking trails:

WARNING! Freeride bike trails are not for hiking and cross-country biking. Freeride bikes, equipment and pads are highly recommended for use on freeride-specific trails. These are not the same as cross-country trails. They are more technical and require the use of different equipment and skills.

Big Mamba
Rating: Blue
An exhilarating combination of flowing rollers and smooth switchbacks that will take you across open meadows, into dense pine forests, and through sunny aspen groves. 2.7 miles (4.3 km)

Radio Flyer
Rating: Blue
Dozens of banked turns and rollers wind from Eagle's Nest down through Vail's lodgepole pine forests. 1.7 miles (2.7 km)

Magic Forest
Rating: Black
Starting east of Eagle's Nest, this single-track winds its way through the woods with several drop-offs and challenging terrain features. 0.8 miles (1.3 km)

Mane Lane
Rating: Black
Challenging single-track with some technical elements and banked turns. 0.7 miles (1.1 km)

Onza Alley
Rating: Black
A difficult single-track with narrow, steep sections over roots and rocks. 0.5 miles (0.8 km)

Rating: Double Black
Steep, technical, and fast single-track with technical elements descending from Eagle's Nest. 1.3 miles (2.1 km)

Old 9 Line
Rating: Double Black
Extremely steep and technical with numerous drops and features, startling below Magic Forest. 0.4 miles (0.6 km)


Trails near Vail, not served by Gondolas or Ski Patrol

Along with excellent trails on Vail Mountain, mountain bike trails can be found elsewhere in the Vail Valley in the White River National Forest. These are not located on Vail Mountain and are not maintained by Vail. Here are a few popular trailheads within a short bike ride of Vail Village or Lionshead - for a full list and maps in the area, visit the Vail White River National Forest Mountain Bike Trails page

Vail Pass Bike Path - An easy, paved trail from Vail to top of Vail Pass

Buffehr Creek - A difficult trail across I-70 from Vail Mountain

Davos Hill Climb - Located in West Vail, Davos is a great workout and only moderately technical

North Trail Buffehr Creek to Red Sandstone - A popular section of the North Trail system across from Vail Mountain

Red Sandstone Road - A 10 mile dirt road leading to Piney Lake

Son of Middle Creek - A more difficult section of the popular North Trail system

 Experienced mountain biker? Check out the Vail Recreation District's mountain bike race series which runs throughout the summer on Wednesday nights on a variety of local trails, on mountain and off.

Guided Mountain Bike Tours are a great way to explore the mountain and trails for those not comfortable finding your way down the mountain via the trail map.

Join an experienced guide for an exhilarating journey down Vail Mountain’s network of mountain bike trails. Rates are dependent on your needs - visit the ticket offices at the base of either Gondola One in Vail Village or the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead for more information.

Looking to rent a bike while you are in Vail? Local shops can help you out with bikes, helmets, and accessories. Calling ahead is suggested to check availability, especially on weekends!

Vail Sports Pricing for 2016 Summer Season (other bike shops have varying rates) COMING SOON

Vail Sports Locations:

Vail Sports (Arrabelle) - (970) 479-4415

Vail Sports (Vail 21) – 970-476-3600

Vail Sports (Ritz Carlton) - (970) 476-4615

Vail Sports (Vail Village) - (970) 479-0600

Local bike shops:

Double Diamond - Lionshead by Garfinkles - (970) 476-5500

Charter Sports in Vail Marriott - (970) 476-7517

Lionshead Bike Valet - (970) 476-7770

Christy Sports - (970) 476-2244

Performance Sports - (970) 476-1718

Troy's Bike Shop - (970) 476-8769

Vail Bike Tech - (970) 476-5995



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