At the crest of Colorado’s most-trafficked highway, Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area draws legions of backcountry skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and hut trippers from across the state and around the world. The challenge is how to love it—and leave it wild. 

In This Feature:

Getting to Know Vail Pass

Vail's namesake pass is a playground for locals and visitors alike.

02/10/2017 By Devon O'Neil Photography by Zach Mahone

The Making of Vail Pass

Vail Pass's construction was an infrastructure feat thanks to its namesake engineer.

02/10/2017 By Devon O'Neil

Vail Pass's Must-Try Snowmobiling Tours

A guided snowmobile tour is an unforgettable way to experience Vail's namesake pass.

02/10/2017 By Devon O'Neil Photography by Zach Mahone

Backcountry Skiing and Snowshoeing on Vail's Namesake Pass

Options abound for exploring Vail Pass, but few modes of transportation are more rewarding than your own two feet.

02/10/2017 By Devon O'Neil Photography by Zach Mahone

A Night on Vail Pass is a Hut Trip Away

Looking to spend a cozy night in our winter wilderness? Try booking a stay in one of the iconic huts found on Vail's namesake pass.

02/10/2017 By Devon O'Neil Photography by Zach Mahone