Village Parking & Mountain Access Guide

Learn the basics of navigating Vail, both on and off the mountain.

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
  • How to access the mountain
  • Where to purchase or redeem your summer activities passes
  • Parking options
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Village & Parking Info

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Family enjoying Vail Village in summer In Vail, CO.

Mountain Access: Gondola 1

Parking Access: Vail Village Parking Garage

Walking Time to Lift: 7 Minutes

Activities: Scenic Gondola, Bike Haul & Hiking

Ticket Office Location: Yes

If you've ever seen a picture of Vail, you've likely caught a glimpse of the iconic pedestrian village. Many of its buildings were originally built by Vail's founders in the early 60s with a nod to classic European alpine architecture.

Vail Village retains a peaceful, small-town ambiance even with its world-class restaurants, shopping, cafes and late night hot spots. The heated streets make for an easy walk up Bridge Street to Gondola One.

The dining scene is amazingly diverse and one of Vail's main attractions, with Matsuhisa Vail, Elway's, Larkspur, Sweet Basil and many more.

Vail Village is also home to some of the most famous boutique and luxury hotels, including The Lodge at Vail (Vail's original hotel), Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer (better known as Pepi's), The Sonnenalp,The Sebastian, Four Seasons Resort, Austria Haus and Tivoli Lodge.

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Mountain Access: Eagle Bahn Gondola

Parking Access: Lionshead Parking Garage

Walking Time to Lift: 5 Minutes

Activities: Scenic Gondola, Bike Haul, Epic Discovery at Adventure Ridge, Hiking

Ticket Office Location: Yes

The beautiful and friendly Lionshead village is completely closed off to cars and buses, offering a short walk to the Eagle Bahn gondola (Gondola 19) and numerous shops and restaurants.

Originally built in the late 60s, Lionshead was recently renovated in Austrian-inspired style. Long-time favorite restaurants Bart & Yeti’s and Garfinkel’s (Garf's to locals) anchor the diverse culinary scene. 

Also, the walk between Lionshead and Vail Village only takes 10-15 minutes, or there is a complimentary In-Town bus that runs regularly, all day long and well into the evening.

Lionshead lodging features hotels such as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Antlers at Vail, the Ritz-Carlton, the Lodge at Lionshead and the Vail Marriott.

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Couples enjoy happy hour at sunset in Vail, CO.

Vail Village Parking Garage: Access to Vail Village

241 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

Lionshead Parking Garage: Access to Lionshead Village

395 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657 

Summer Parking Rates:

Summer daytime parking is free and overnight parking is $25.

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Open Fri, Sat & Sun through Oct. 2

Summer Activities

Open Fri, Sat & Sun through Oct. 2

Scenic Gondola

Take in iconic views from Eagle Bahn Gondola and Gondola One.

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Epic Discovery at Adventure Ridge

Mountain Coaster, Summer Tubing and more!

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Signature Events

Live music, trail running, mountain bike races and more!

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Experience extensive hiking trails while exploring the frontside of Vail Mtn.

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Fly Fishing

Fly-fishing is a beautiful way to relax and explore spots on Vail’s many streams and rivers.

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Learn more about the many breathtaking courses nestled in the Vail Valley.

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Bike Hauls

Adventure, challenge, and enjoyment for families, first timers and experts.

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Mountain Top Yoga

Presented by Nature Valley. Take in mountain top views with a zen mindset.

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