Please note the Town of Vail has an open container law that prohibits alcohol consumption in its parks and on public rights-of-way without proper State of Colorado alcohol permits. For more information about summertime in Vail, visit Vail.com.
Ford Park includes the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Gerald R Ford Amphitheater, Tennis Center, athletic fields, picnic areas, ½ court basketball and a custom play area. Enjoy the open space next to the playground, the picnic tables under the shelter and the Morales sculpture area all located at the lower bench of Ford Park.
Donovan Park includes the Donovan Pavilion, Vail Waterwise Demonstration Garden, athletic fields, picnic areas, basketball court and a custom play area.
Booth Creek Park
Buffehr Creek Park
Red Sandstone Park
Town of Vail Playgrounds
Vail is one of only a few communities that still custom design and custom build our play areas. In most cases, Vail’s playground designers include an artist as part of the design team to inspire new ideas. The artistic concepts evolve into play structures, equipment and whimsical elements and help Vail’s play areas stand out above the rest.
Off-leash Dog Friendly Parks
Safety Reminders for Your Best Friend
Dogs are a big part of the mountain lifestyle and are considered a member of the family by many. When you’re out enjoying Vail, please remember to control your dog. Within the Town of Vail, dogs must be on a leash in Vail Village, Lionshead Mall, on all bike paths and in all the town parks except for Bighorn and Stephens parks. Both Bighorn and Stephens parks are dog friendly parks and dogs may be off their leash and controlled by voice command, with the exception of the playground areas. Remember to always clean up after your dog. Dog waste left in the environment transmits bacteria such as E. coli into Gore Creek. Pet pickup bags are provided throughout town for your convenience, but never leave home without one! Also, never leave a dog left unattended, especially inside a vehicle. During the warmer months, that temperature can rapidly increase threatening the health and safety of your animal. Even with the windows down, the temperature can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside. Please leave your pet at home rather than risk a dangerous and regrettable circumstance.
Parks and Landscape Maintenance
Contact: Parks Superintendent, 970-477-3424.
A division of the Department of Public Works, Parks and Landscape Maintenance provides design, development, maintenance and management of all town parks, playgrounds, recreation paths and open space.
The division also provides landscaping, horticulture, arborist, weed management, roadside vegetation management and turf management services.
The division employs nine full time employees and 18 summer seasonal employees.
General Park Information
Vail Village Welcome Center:
241 South Frontage Rd.,
Vail, Colorado 81657
Vail Public Works:
1309 Elkhorn Drive
Vail, Colorado 81657