Vail Pass

Massively popular, snowmobiling Vail is also all about Colorado backcountry and expecting the unexpected.

Offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, Vail Pass is a 10,662-foot-high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, and the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area covers nearly 60,000 acres of remote paradise, with around 120 miles of trails, 80 miles of which are motorized, and 45 miles of which are groomed. Elk Mountain reaches an elevation of 12,693 feet and is the tallest mountain in the area, while the historic Camp Hale, a U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division and named for General Irving Hale, marks the lowest elevation at 9,100 feet. The nearby Shrine Bowl’s open powder fields are among the best places to go snowmobiling in Colorado, and taking a snowmobile into the pine forests is a memorable way to experience the Rocky Mountains’ spectacular beauty, and pretty well sums up snowmobiling in Vail, Colorado.

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