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Trail Restrictions on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District

  • 6 May 2016

Before you head out to the trails this spring, the US Forest Service asks that you take a moment and make sure the site you wish to visit is open. Wildlife trail closures are in effect on several popular trails adjacent to Vail and Avon. These closures are in place to protect spring habitat, calving areas and migration corridors for mule deer and elk. The Whiskey Creek and Eastern Hillside trails have been closed since December to protect deer during the challenging winter months and will reopen on June 21.

Please use alternate trails until these seasonal closures are lifted. Hiking, dog walking, and mountain biking, as well as other uses are also prohibited during the closure.

These trails are currently closed, or will close on May 15:

  • The North Trail #1896: Closed April 15 - June 15
  • Son of Middle Creek #2136: Closed April 15 - June 15
  • Paulie’s Plunge/Stone Creek #2349: Closed May 15 - June 20
  • Two Elk #2005, from the west entrance (approximately 1 mile up the trail) to the east end on the Vail Bike Path: Closed May 6 - June 30
  • Whiskey Creek #2348: Closed Dec. 1 - June 20
  • Eastern Hillside #2347: Closed Dec. 1 - June 20

Forest Service partners such as Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts, Eagle County, Avon Preserve and local towns may also have seasonal restrictions on some of the trails they administer. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and visit the appropriate websites to ensure the trails they wish to use are open.

For more information about Forest Service trails and recreation opportunities, contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Office at 970-827-5715, or stop by during business hours weekdays 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Lynn Lockwood, 970-945-3237,


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