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The first reliable account of European presence in the Eagle River Valley was in 1840 when Kit Carson guided the Fremont party through the region. During the settlement of Eagle County, the area was established with several sleepy ranching communities.

The old ranching town of Eagle, which wrested away the honor of being the Eagle County seat from mining-town rival Red Cliff, is one of those “real towns” that predates the area’s ski-town explosion.

But with the emergence of Vail and Beaver Creek as international ski destinations over the past several decades, the Vail Valley has steadily grown westward with the development of residential and commercial properties combined with recreational amenities. That boom has reached Eagle, where many locals find affordable homes and true neighborhood living.

The Eagle Ranch Golf Course is an exciting new Arnold Palmer-designed public course, nestled in the lush Brush Creek Valley south of town. A variety of homesites dot the landscape, giving the neighborhood a small-town feel ideal for families with children.

With numerous special events, including the celebrated Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, Eagle truly embraces its Western heritage. A summer tradition at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, the rodeo comes alive with action-packed family fun and is touted as one of the best rodeo events in the West. Those in attendance can enjoy carnival rides, 4-H demonstrations, judging or sampling blue ribbon pies and preserves, live music, livestock auctions and plenty of food.

Established in 1996, the Eagle County Trail Program is being implemented by an 18-member volunteer trails committee that will create a scenic recreational path linking Eagle to its sister “down-valley” town of Gypsum to the west – ideal for walking and biking. The path will run along the scenic Eagle River, famous for its incredible fly-fishing, rafting and kayaking.

Eagle is located approximately 35 miles from the town of Vail, and offers visitors and residents the beautiful scenery of the Sawatch Range. The Eagle County Regional Airport is just to the west of Eagle, on the way to Gypsum. The world-class ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek are just a short drive away, and, as a result, many of the valley’s locals have been drawn by the lower costs of living to nearby Eagle. As the communities have progressively grown as places of full-time residence, commercial development has also continued to evolve. Eagle now features numerous new dining and shopping options, and has recently added the new Capitol Movie Theater. The Medical Center of Eagle is also located in downtown Eagle.

In response to the significant growth in residential properties in Eagle has also seen significant growth in the school system. For the elementary level, Eagle Valley Elementary and Brush Creek Elementary are both located in Eagle. At the middle school level, the community is served by Eagle Valley Middle School. Eagle is served locally by either the Eagle Valley High School or Battle Mountain High School near Vail.

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