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Summer Parking Information

Summer parking operations for 2018 will require guests to pull a ticket to access parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures and to insert the ticket to exit. Parking during the summer is free in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures during the day.  There will be a $25 overnight fee for vehicles parked in the structures between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. applicable from May 25th, 2018 thru September 30th, 2018.

For your convenience, hosts will be on site to assist with entry and exit.

 

Free Daytime Public Parking

 

Free Public Parking

Park your car for free in the Vail Village or Lionshead structure from April 16, 2018 until the start of the 2018-2019 ski season in November, 2018. These are the only public parking structures offering free summer parking. Please note that there will be a $25 overnight fee for vehicles parked in the structures between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. applicable from May 25th, 2018 thru September 30th, 2018.  The public parking garage at Solaris, 141 E. Meadow Dr., offers paid parking and is privately operated.

 

Ford Park Parking

 

Ford Park Parking

When multiple events are taking place in Ford Park, a managed parking fee of $10 is collected. These paid parking dates are listed and updated regularly on www.vaileventparking.com with additional information on express bus stops and passenger drop-off locations.

 

Frontage Road Parking

 

Frontage Road Parking

Overflow parking on the South Frontage Road is allowed once both parking structures are full. Express bus service on the frontage road and an extension of the in-town bus route is also used for events during the summer. The express bus stops are located at the Lionshead Transit Center, the north side of the Vail Village Welcome Center and at Ford Park.

 

RV Parking

 

RV Parking

RV parking is available south of the Lionshead parking garage entrance in the Charter Day Lot at 395 S. Frontage Road. $25 overnight fee for RVs/campers in Charter Bus Lot east of the Lionshead parking structure with 3-day maximum; commercial charter buses remain free. Space is limited to first-come, first-served. Overflow parking is available on the North Frontage Road. in West Vail in front of the West Vail Fire Station. There is no “camping” within the Town of Vail in RVs. For permits, please see the parking attendant in the booth at the entrance of the Lionshead parking garage.

$25 Overnight Parking

 

$25 Overnight Parking

There will be a $25 overnight fee for vehicles parked in the structures between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. applicable from May 25th, 2018 thru September 30th, 2018.  For vehicles using the structures overnight for over 14 days, call 970-479-2445 for assistance from the parking staff. There is currently no charge for parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead structures during the day in the summer.

 

Oversized Vehicles

 

Oversize Vehicles

  • Vail Village: The height of the Vail Village parking structure entrance is 7’4.” Vehicles that are 7’4” or higher can park on the 4th level of the Vail Village parking structure or on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure. No overnight parking. Vehicles cannot exceed 19 feet in length.
  • Lionshead: The height of the Lionshead parking structure entrance is 7.’ Vehicles that are 7’ or higher can park on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure or on the 4th level of the Vail Village parking structure. No overnight parking. Vehicles cannot exceed 19 feet in length.

 

Electric Cars & Charging Stations

 

Electric Cars & Charging Stations

Free Charging Stations in Parking Garages.

To accommodate the growing interest in low/zero emissions vehicles, the town has equipped the parking structures with free charging stations. The six multi-port stations (five in Vail Village and one in Lionshead Village) accommodate the newest generation of electric, plug-in electric and electric extended range vehicles. Each location is able to serve two cars at a time with high speed charge. The stations will produce an 80 percent or more charge within the two-hour free parking time frame of the winter paid parking season. All charging stations have been upgraded to tell users when charge is complete via text message. Contact the Vail Welcome Center at 970-476-4790 for details.

 

Charging Station Locations in Vail

Main Vail Parking Structure

  • Level 1 – Southeast end of the structure, one charging station
  • Level 2 – Driving up the ramp from Level 1, middle of the structure, three charging stations
  • Level 3 – West of the structure next to the pedestrian exit, one charging station

Lionshead Parking Structure

  • Level 1 – Southeast end of the structure, one charging station

 

 

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Frequently Asked Summer Parking Questions

What’s new for summer parking in Vail this season in the structures?
Free daytime parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures with overflow parking available on the South Frontage Road until 11 p.m. To discourage overnight parking, a $25 fee will be applied to vehicles parked in the structures between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. All other parking scenarios will remain free.
When will the overnight fee be implemented?
The overnight fee will be assessed daily May 25 through September 30, 2018. No grace period will be given for entry/exit between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Why are you charging for overnight parking?
The strategy behind the summer parking plan is to discourage overnight vehicle storage to help maximize available spaces for daytime use to minimize overflow parking on the South Frontage Road and to reduce the number of days either structure fills. The intention is also to reduce the number of days either structure fills. In evaluating data from the 2017 summer season, the structures averaged 324 vehicles in the 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. timeframe. The weekday average was 294 cars while the weekend average was 424 overnight cars. The goal is to reduce the number of overnight parking in the structures by 100 to 200 spaces per day.
Why does it matter that overflow parking on the South Frontage Road be reduced?
The Town of Vail has an agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation to limit the number of overflow parking days to 15 per season. There were 22 overflow parking days on the frontage road last summer and 20 overflow days during winter 2016-2017.
Why does it matter if a parking structure fills?
Two summers ago, the Lionshead parking structure filled 58 times and last summer the structure filled 36 times out of 122 days. When one parking structure fills, the only available parking is to use the other parking structure which has the potential to negatively impact the overall guest experience.
If parking is free during the daytime, why are the gates closed when I drive up?
Implementation of the overnight fee requires that a ticket be pulled or a parking pass used to open the gate for entry and exit.
Which parking passes will be accepted for entry and exit?
Green, Blue, Silver or Gold passes issued for the 2017-2018 winter season may be used for free entry during the 2018 summer season. This will provide unlimited access to the two parking structures with no restrictions. Once the parking structures fill, none of these passes will allow guaranteed access; you will be directed to overflow parking on the South Frontage Road.
Will a Pink pass from the 2017-2018 winter season be accepted for entry?
No. Pink pass holders will need to pull a ticket upon entry and insert the ticket to exit for free daytime parking.
What about Value cards?
Value cards may be used for free daytime access to the two parking structures. A $25 charge on the Value card will apply if the vehicle is parked between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Pay-on-foot stations will be operable throughout the summer to load value for this purpose.
What if I lose my parking pass during the summer season?
For all pass holders, a $25 fee will apply for replacement of lost passes during the summer season.
Will the overnight fee apply to employees who are working at 4 a.m.?
No. An exception has been made for employees who will be on the job between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. For employees who do not currently have a Green, Blue, Silver or Gold pass from the 2017-2018 winter season, employers are asked to contact the town by calling 970-479-2104 to make arrangements to obtain a parking pass for the summer at no charge.
Will the overnight parking fee apply to lodging guests?
There is a free validation system for overnight guests staying in lodges with limited on-site parking. Validation tickets will be provided by the Town of Vail for distribution by qualifying lodges. Guests are advised to check on this arrangement in advance and to make arrangements accordingly.
How does a lodge qualify for the free overnight parking validation system?
Lodges identified on the Town of Vail Exempted Lodging Parking Map are eligible for the free parking validation. Also, there will be occasional circumstances in which conference or group business will exceed a property’s onsite parking capacity. To make a request or to inquire about qualifications, contact Public Works/Transportation Director Greg Hall at ghall@vailgov.com.
What about impaired drivers?
There will be retention of the Town of Vail’s long-standing program that allows a free exit for users who choose safe travel arrangements to get home so long as they enter the garage between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m. and return by 11 a.m. the next day to retrieve their vehicle after obtaining a voucher from the Welcome Center.
What about construction workers?
The Town of Vail will continue to require construction projects to have an employee transportation and alternative parking plan.
What will happen at the Charter Bus Lot?
A $25 overnight fee will be assessed for RVs/campers in the lot east of the Lionshead parking structure on a first-come, first-served basis with a 3-day maximum. Free parking will continue to be offered to commercial charter buses.
What will happen at Ford Park and the soccer field during the summer?
There will be continuation of paid, managed parking on peak event days.
What if there are abuses to the summer parking program?
The Town of Vail will monitor use of all programs and will address abuses as needed.
Is overnight parking available in the structures if I want to catch a shuttle to DIA or ride the Bustang?
Yes, the $25 daily overnight fee would apply.
Will there be an overnight parking fee immediately after Vail Mountain closes on April 15?
The overnight fee will begin May 25. Free overnight parking will be available in the structures between April 16 and May 25 and from Oct. 1 to the start of paid winter parking in November.
Are there other options for free overnight storage of my vehicle?
For outbound travelers, the Eagle County Airport offers a free lot with parking for up to 30 days.
What if I have additional questions or wish to comment about the summer parking program?
Forward your questions or comments to parking@vailgov.com.
Is it possible to redeem a coupon or voucher issued during the 2017-2018 winter season for overnight parking in the summer?
No. Winter parking vouchers and coupons have an expiration date of April 15, 2018.

 

 

Summer Parking Interview with Mayor Dave Chapin

Contact Info

Parking Sales

  • Phone: 970-479-2104

Parking Information

  • Phone: 970-479-2445

Police Lost & Found:

24 Hour Bus Information:

  • Phone: 970-477-3456

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