Vail Pass winter recreation opens for season Friday |

Vail Pass winter recreation opens for season Friday

Daily News staff report

On Friday, the U.S. Forest Service begins collecting fees for the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area at the cost of $6 per day for individuals or $40 for season passes. Children under 15 are free.

Purchase season passes at the Vail Pass trailhead on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Dillon Ranger District office in Silverthorne and at the Holy Cross Ranger District office in Minturn. Day-use fees can be paid at fee stations located at all recreation area trailheads.

Parking at trailheads can be at a premium and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Those arriving after lots are full must wait for available parking or choose another trailhead. Parking on the east side of Interstate 70 at Exit 190 and at the CDOT sand shed is prohibited.

Vehicles with trailers and those on hut trips should park on Black Lakes Road. Skiers and snowshoes should use the day lot. Camping on Black Lakes Road and in the day lot is prohibited.

Officials advise to conserve space and remove all valuables from vehicles. They also advise using appropriate equipment such as avalanche gear and maps and ask that trail users respect signage and practice terrain conservation.

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