Vail Pass

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Trail Distance: 21 miles
Time Estimate: 9 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 1831 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown

Looking for a great outdoor adventure with your pawtastic pup? Head to Vail Pass Trail which is a pup-friendly hiking trail in beautiful Colorado, in the resort town of Vail. This trail travels along the famous Vail mountain pass which traverses the Rocky Mountains.

This trek will take you and Fido a whopping 14.4 miles in one direction, so it is for the most advanced hikers and only pups that are in tip-top shape should be allowed to attempt this hike. The terrain is mostly a gentle climb but has areas that are steep and difficult. You will reach very high elevations at the summit of over 11,000 feet, so it is important to be acclimated to the altitude before you begin your hike. Be sure to pack plenty of water to share.

The Vail Pass Trail allows hikers and mountain bikers to share this trail, so plan accordingly.  Your pup is allowed off leash throughout and it is best to leave plenty of time to rest and relax along the way. This is a very scenic trail with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, so remember to bring your camera. Also, it is advised to bring lots of snacks and a variety of clothing to accommodate the rapid weather changes that occur here each season.

You will be able to reach the town of Copper Mountain on your hike in one direction, or many people will take this trail from the town of Vail and stop when they reach the summit. Either way, your pup will love being together and spending quality time with their friend. There are plenty of shops and restaurants that allow dogs in Copper Mountain, so you can enjoy a treat for all your hard work. 

Start making great memories at the Vail Pass Trail.

Trail Features
Steep Inclines
Cautions & Considerations

Altitude sickness is a very dangerous condition for both people and pups. You must be careful to ascend slowly if you are not accustomed to the higher elevations of this area, and consume plenty of water. Sunscreen is very important for people year-round here.

Shrine Pass Rd
Vail, CO 81657
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Shrine Pass Rd
Vail, CO 81657