User fees start today on Vail Pass, Camp Hale |

User fees start today on Vail Pass, Camp Hale

Cliff Thompson

Winter sports enthusiasts who want to park atop Vail Pass and at Camp Hale will have to start paying $5 per person to do so beginning today.

The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Demonstration Program is now in its sixth winter season.

The fees collected pay for maps, groomed trails, signs, route maintenance, visitor information and enforcement in the 50,000-acre Vail Pass Recreation Area that runs from Copper Mountain to Vail Mountain and south to Camp Hale. The management of the area was developed by a collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the Vail Pass Task Force, a citizen’s advisory committee.

The area hosts thousands of snowmobilers, cross country skiers and snowshoers each winter.

A season pass is available for $35; children 13 and under may use the area at no cost.

For more information about the program, call the Forest Service at 827-5715.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 970-949-0555 x450 or

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