The Vail Area has over 200 miles of Forest Service trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and in the winter, cross-country skiing.
Six developed Forest Service campgrounds are located in the area. These campgrounds offer varying levels of services. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next visitor an equal experience.
Downhill skiing is overwhelmingly the most popular winter recreation activity in the area. The other very popular winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Tenth Mountain Hut System provides a hut-to-hut trail system for cross-country skiing. Great snowmobiling exists in many of the non-wilderness portions of the area. The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area includes many of the most heavily used snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.