Hunter parking provided for Mill Creek Road
VAIL — To accommodate access for hunters heading up Mill Creek Road on Vail Mountain, the U.S. Forest Service, Vail Resorts and town of Vail have worked together to provide limited parking and drop-off spaces at the top of Rockledge Road, accessed from Forest Road. The parking spaces are intended to accommodate those hunting alone, and the drop-off spaces provide an option for larger parties who can drop off people and equipment and then park vehicles in the free Vail Village parking structure. This also allows for more convenient game retrieval at the end of a successful hunt.
The spaces are available through Nov. 16. Trailers may unload but not park due to limited space availability. Drop-offs and pick-ups will be limited to 30 minutes. Town parking will return to paid parking on the opening day of Vail Mountain, Nov. 21. Overnight parking is limited to three days, based upon availability of spaces, and a permit must be obtained through Vail Mountain Security.
“We appreciate people working with us as we implement the White River National Forest’s 2011 Travel Management decision, and we are constantly looking to find the right balance in providing access to public lands for the 12.5 million visitors who come here each year,” said Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger Dave Neely. “Getting it perfectly right for everyone’s preference isn’t possible, but we are always working on steps to seek better balance, and hope this works out well for our hunters.”
“We’re confident that these parking spaces, while limited, are a viable solution for the hunting community in navigating through town, resort and National Forest land,” said Jeff Babb, resort operations director for Vail Mountain.
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