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Vail, Co. is often the first town that comes to mind when people think skiing in Colorado. Established less than 50 years ago, saying the small town has grown rapidly in popularity is quite an understatement.

World-class skiing and a high celebrity quotient have put it on the map for many travelers. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, in the Colorado Rockies, it's a town created by and for skiing.

The town is home to a number of big annual events, including a food and wine festival, the World Alpine Ski Championships, a huge July 4th extravaganza, nationally-renowned summer music and dance festivals and a locally loved rubber ducky race.

Wild life once again abounds in the Vail Valley. In the 1800s, British adventurer Lord Gore ventured into the valley with mountain man Jim Bridger, hunting heavily and significantly reducing local animal populations. Today, the furry residents are back. Keep an eye out for deer and elk.

At Vail Pass, visitors can find a handful of scenic and easily accessed lakes in the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The hike up Mount of the Holy Cross is no easy task, but one of the most popular in the area.

Map: Vail

Region: Northwest Regional Information

County: Eagle

Proximity to other towns: Located 80.3 miles from Boulder, 5.7 miles from Minturn, 8.7 miles from Red Cliff, 10.9 miles from Avon, 15.8 miles from Edwards, 18.7 miles from Frisco, 19.7 miles from Silverthorne

Population: 4,628

Elevation: 8380 feet

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