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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! 

Bike Haul Ticket: $34 adult/$12 12 & under/$29 Senior

Bike Haul plus $15 Lunch Voucher: $40 adult/$23 12 & under/$35 Senior

Season Bike Haul Pass: $190

Have you purchased next year's Epic Pass? You have free foot passenger access and get discounted bike haul rates: $18 per day, or buy a season pass for $105. 

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)

Eagle's Loop
Green.Great for the beginner biker with scenic vistas and access from the Eagle Bahn Gondola - 1 mile (1.6 km)

Upper Fireweed
Green. A beautiful bike trail for beginners from Adventure Ridge to Mid-Vail - 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

Cub's Way
Green. Gravel road connecting Fred's Lunch to Lion Down - 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

Village Trail
Green. Longest and most pleasant route on the mountain - a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent - 7 miles (11.3 km)

Hank's Hideaway
Blue. A fun yet challenging single-track that leads from Lion Down to LionsHead Loop - 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

Gitalong Road
Blue - due to high traffic. An alternative to Village Trail with a pleasant winding gravel road most of the way - 5 miles (8 km)

Fred's Lunch
Blue. An alternating single and double track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views - 3.2 miles (4.8 km)

Grand Traverse
Blue. Vail's signature trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector - 5.3 miles (8.5 km)

Lion Down
Blue. Downhill all the way from Adventure Ridge on this beautiful, winding single track through groves of Aspen trees - 6 miles (9.7 km)

Kloser's Klimb 
Black. A grueling 1,000 foot climb from Adventure Ridge to Patrol Headquarters - 2.4 miles (3.9 km)

Onza Alley
Black. Most difficult loop with single track, 4x4 roads, steep descents and a 1,000 foot climb - 4 miles (6.6 km)

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

Mid-Vail Escape (coming soon!) Challenging single-and double-track that takes you from the top of Sunlight 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.

Magic Forest
Black. Starts at Adventure Ridge and works its way down to Cubs Way. This single-track winds its way through the woods with several drop-offs and challenging terrain features - 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

Mane Lane
Black. Formerly part of the LionsHead Loop, this is a steep single track with can be used as a side route on Lion Down - 0.6 miles (1km)

PMT
Double Black. Steep rhythmical single-track with some technical elements - 1.2 miles (1.9 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

Guided 2-hour Bike Tour for up to 2 people $80

2-hour tours depart at 10am and 2pm from the base of Lionshead. Add-on rate per person – $30.

Guided 6-hour Bike Tour for up to 2 people $220

6-hour tour departs at 10am from the base of Lionshead. Add-on rate per person – $90.

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 2014 Summer Season (other bike shops have varying rates) 

Bike Tours on Vail Pass

$64 per person – includes bike rental, transportation, and guide

Lift Ticket/Bike Rental Package 
Adult Full 4 Hr. $73 
Junior Full 4 Hr. $28

 

Full Suspension Mountain Bike (lift ticket not included)
2 Hours $29 
4 Hours $45 
8 Hours $54 
24 Hours $64 

Children’s Bikes (lift ticket not included)
2 Hours $19 
4 Hours $24 
8 Hours $29 
24 Hours $34

 

Road Bikes (lift ticket not included)

4 hours $60

8 hours $75 

 

Comfort Bikes (lift ticket not included)

2 hours $23

4 hours $36

8 hours $40

24 hours $64

 

Electric Full Suspension Bikes (lift ticket not included)

4 hours $89

8 hours $99

 

Electric Front Suspension Bikes (lift ticket not included)

4 hours $79

8 hours $89

Bike Helmet Rental $10 
Bike Rental Insurance $5 

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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