Vail Mountain Parking & Resort Transportation Guide

Getting Here & Parking

Vail is located in the stunning central Rocky Mountains just 30 miles east of Eagle, Colorado, and just 100 miles west of Denver, Colorado.

First Time Visiting?

If you are new to Vail Mountain, it can seem daunting to find your way around.

See below for the basics of navigating Vail including

  • Where to park at Vail
  • How to access the lifts and mountain
  • Where to purchase or redeem your winter lift ticket or Epic Pass
  • Parking options at Vail

Vail Village and Parking Locations

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Villages & Parking Guide

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Vail Village Parking

Mountain Access Via Gondola 1 Parking Options Vail Village Parking Garage
Time to Lift 7-minute Walk Ticket Office Location Yes
Winter Parking Rates* 0 – 2 hours: Free
2 – 3 hours: $10
3 – 4 hours: $20
>4 – 15 hours: $30
15 – 24 hours: $50
Summer Parking Rates Daytime Parking: Free
Overnight Parking: $35

*Free parking in the structure for vehicles ENTERING AFTER 3:00pm until 3:00am. Vehicles parked at 1pm will be charged the 2-3 hour rate.

 

Directions to Parking

Address: 241 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

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Lionshead Parking

Mountain Access Eagle Bahn Gondola
Born Free Express Lift
Parking Options Lionshead Parking Garage
Time to Lift 5-minute Walk Ticket Office Location Yes
Winter Parking Rates* 0 – 2 hours: Free
2 – 3 hours: $10
3 – 4 hours: $20
>4 – 15 hours: $30
15 – 24 hours: $50
Summer Parking Rates Daytime Parking: Free
Overnight Parking: $35

*Free parking in the structure for vehicles ENTERING AFTER 3:00pm until 3:00am. Vehicles parked at 1pm will be charged the 2-3 hour rate.

 

Directions to Parking

Address: 395 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657

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Golden Peak Parking

Mountain Access Riva Bahn Express Lift Parking Options Golden Peak Parking
Time to Lift 7-minute Walk Ticket Office Location Yes

 

Directions to Parking

Address: 458 Vail Valley Dr, Vail, CO 81657

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Cascade Village Parking

Mountain Access Chair 20 Parking Options Guests only, or via Bus Stop
Time to Lift N/A Ticket Office Location No

 

Directions to Parking

Address: 1250 Westhaven Cir, Vail, CO 81657

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Parking Updates

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Getting Here and Transportation

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Vail Resort

Driving Tips

Vail is easily accessible by car and just seconds from Interstate 70.

Driving Directions from Denver

Vail is located 119 miles west of Denver International Airport (DEN) and 97 miles from downtown Denver. Travel west on I-70 from either location. Take exit 176 for Vail Village and Lionshead Village.

Driving Directions from Colorado Springs

Take I-25 North then take exit 194 to merge onto CO-470 West toward Grand Junction. Follow the signs for Grand Junction/I-70 West and merge onto I-70 West. Travel west on I-70 until taking exit 176 toward Vail Village.

Tips for I-70 Mountain Travel

  • Avoid peak travel times if possible. If you are heading eastbound on Saturday or Sunday, plan to leave the mountains after 7 p.m. to stay out of traffic. To be safe, check the weekend and holiday Travel Forecast.
  • Winter Driving Preparedness 

 

October-April

Winter Weekend Traffic Patterns

Westbound

  • Friday: light to moderate traffic is likely from about 4-9 p.m.
  • Saturday: traffic can be expected from about 6:30-11 a.m. with peak traffic occurring around 8 a.m.
  • Sunday: Sunday morning traffic is consistently lighter than Saturday morning, and sometimes non-existent. To play it safe, avoid around 7 a.m.

Eastbound

  • Saturday: traffic typically builds around 2 p.m., peaks around 4-5 p.m. and drops dramatically after 7 p.m. Expect congestion on Saturdays.
  • Sunday: I-70 starts to fill up earlier than it does on Saturday, as early as 1 p.m. Traffic peaks around 4-5 p.m. and drops dramatically after 7 p.m. Expect heavy traffic on Sundays.

*Please note: this travel forecast is based on historical traffic data. Weather, road conditions and accidents are impossible to predict and can have significant impacts on I-70 travel.

Holiday Weekends: When a national holiday falls on a Monday, you can count on Monday afternoon eastbound traffic to mimic a typical Sunday pattern, but with potentially more volume.

Metering: Traffic metering goes into effect during very high volume times and can occur at multiple I-70 on-ramps and/or the Eisenhower Tunnel traveling eastbound. Metering controls the

 

Colorado Highway Updates

Follow the Colorado Department of Transportation for all highway and pass related information and condition reports.

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Eagle County Regional Airport

Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE)

Experience the convenience of nonstop or connecting flights from gateway airports across the U.S. Start your summer vacation the moment you arrive!

For more information and current flight schedules, visit FlyVail.com

Private Jet Service in EGE

If you're visiting Vail via private aircraft, the Vail Valley Jet Center can assist you with aircraft storage and services. The jet center also provides international customs clearance, catering services, flight planning assistance, aircraft maintenance and cleaning, and full concierge services.

For more information about the Vail Valley Jet Center visit VVJC.com or call 970.524.7700.

Luggage and Ski Shipping Service

Avoid the hassle of carrying and checking bags by sending your luggage and sports equipment ahead with Luggage Forward, the official luggage and sports equipment shipping service of Vail Mountain. Arrange your shipping booking online.

Flight & Transit Services

Your mountain getaway is a hassle-free trip away, no matter where you’re visiting from. Arrive by car for a quick getaway from the Front Range, or fly into one of two nearby airports and find that shuttles, private car services, and rental car options are readily available for your convenience. Vail is just 30 miles away from Eagle County Airport (EGE) and 100 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN).

Learn more about air travel and shuttle services below.

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Useful Resources

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Lift Tickets

Purchase Lift Tickets here

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Operating Hours

Current operating hours of Vail Mountain

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Trail Maps

Winter and Summer trail maps

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On Mountain Dining

Details about our On Mountain Dining Options

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Village Dining

View a curated list of all the village dining options

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Snow & Weather Report

The latest weather conditions on Vail Mountain

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Grooming Report

Updated daily

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Lift & Terrain Status

Terrain, Trail and Lift information

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