Hiking trails closed throughout Vail Valley | VailDaily.com

Hiking trails closed throughout Vail Valley

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado” A number of trails in and around Vail are closed during the next few weeks to protect animals and the environment, the U.S. Forest Service says.

Trails are closed for a variety of reasons, including animals giving birth in the area, to protect soil and vegetation, and to maintain water quality in rivers and creeks. The closures apply to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders.

The trails that are closed and the dates:

– The North Trail (#1896) in Vail, closed April 15 to June 15;

– Son of Middle Creek Trail (#2136), closed May 1 to June 15;

– Paulie’s Plunge (#2349) and Paulie’s Sister (#2350), accessed from Beaver Creek ski area, closed May 1 to June 30;

– Eastern Hillside (#2347), near Eagle-Vail, closed Dec. 1 to July 1;

– Whiskey Creek (#2348), accessed from Meadow Mountain in Minturn, closed Dec. 1 to July 1;

– Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin, including a large section of the Two Elk Trail (#2005), closed from May 6 to July 1.

Muddy trail conditions are another important reason for seasonal closures. Riding, hiking, running or horseback-riding on muddy trails can cause significant damage to trails that can be difficult and expensive to repair, the Forest Service says.

For more information, contact the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District or Jeff Thompson, trail crew foreman, at (970)827-5177.

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