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Vail Hiking Trails | Town of Vail

Bighorn Creek Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Bighorn Creek Trail

Bighorn Creek Trail

Length: 3.4 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult


The first 1/2 mile of the trail climbs steeply out of the Vail Valley, then more gradually climbs up through stands of aspen and pine. The trail passes beaver ponds and the remains of old mining camps as well as Bighorn Falls. Near mile 2, the views of Vail and Bighorn drainage are exceptional. Around mile 3, the trail passes through open meadows and stands of subalpine fir and Englemann spruce, offering a chance to see the Grand Traverse, a continuous 12,000 foot ridge connecting all the peaks and high drainages of the Gore Range. The trail ends at a recently-refurbished homestead cabin located on private property. Please respect private property rights.

To avoid trampling sensitive vegetation and to prevent soil erosion, please stay on the trail at all times. Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a leash in order to protect wildlife and the hiking experience of other trail users. This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness – regulations are posted at the trailhead. For a map of the trail, please visit Hiking Project.

 

 Crowds: This is a very popular trail at certain times of the season and parking is extremely limited. Please refer to the chart below when making your plans and consider other hiking trails listed on this page if this trail is likely to be very busy.

vail hiking trail crowds

 

 Access: Parking is extremely limited at the trailhead. Do not park in undesignated areas; there are only four designated parking spaces. We strongly encourage taking the free East Vail blue line shuttle, which runs every 30 minutes, from the Vail Transportation Center to the Columbine stop. Walk north ¼ mile up Columbine Drive (under the overpass) to the trailhead. 

 

 

 Details: Including directions, a map, and other information can be found on this printable Recreation Quicksheet from the Forest Service.

 

Trail Adopted By: Howard Head Sports Medicine

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