North America's Premier International Resort Community

Parks, Recreation & Open Space 

Vail offers numerous recreational opportunities for residents and guests alike.  

From hiking to fishing, picnics to playgrounds, mountain biking to ice climbing, and gymnastics to ice skating, activities abound for every member of the family.

The Town of Vail, Vail Recreation District and Vail Resorts each provide a wide range of year-round activities.



Parks and Playgrounds

The Town of Vail owns, manages and maintains 7 neighborhood parks, 2 community parks and numerous pocket parks. In addition, Vail’s custom designed playgrounds are a hit among people of all ages.
Town of Vail Picnic Areas and Shelters

Recreation Paths

Vail’s recreation path system includes over 15 miles of paved, multi-use recreation paths with connections to numerous soft surface hiking and mountain biking trails. Vail’s main recreation path, the Gore Valley Trail, connects to the Vail Pass Trail to the east, and the Eagle County Regional Trail System to the west.

Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark

Designed with input from local skaters, the facility was constructed by California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier park builders, and was funded by the Town of Vail. The skatepark also includes four colorful mosaic murals created by artist Valerie Theberge, sponsored by Art in Public Places. The skatepark is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Helmets are required and safety equipment is recommended.

For more information, contact Chad Young with the Vail Recreation District at 970-479-2292.

About Zeke M. Pierce

Vail Whitewater Park

A one-of-a-kind adjustable whitewater feature operates from mid-May thru the end of July. Vail’s inflatable system actually reads the daily water level and automatically changes to ensure the best wave is always available.

Open Space

The town is responsible for the acquisition and management of open space areas. Consisting of parks, stream tract, natural areas and Conservation Easements, Vail oversees more than 400 acres of these public lands.


The Vail Recreation District operates numerous programs and facilities throughout town including the Vail Nature Center, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Gymnastics Center and much, much more.

Vail Golf Club

The 18-hole public golf course is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and offers a full service golf shop, group and corporate outings, professional instruction, launch monitor, driving range, practice area, club storage, golf swing analysis, club rentals, demo days and an on-site restaurant.


The largest ski area in North America offers more than just world class skiing and snowboarding.  Vail Mountain’s numerous summer and winter activities include hiking, mountain biking, family-friendly Adventure Ridge, an 18-hole disc golf course and mountain top dining. Check out their website for all the details.


General Park Information

Vail Village Welcome Center:
241 South Frontage Rd.,
Suite 8150,
Vail, Colorado 81657

Vail Public Works:
1309 Elkhorn Drive
Vail, Colorado 81657
970-479-2158 (8-5/M-F)