Located between Vail and Beaver Creek, Minturn is one of the oldest towns in Eagle County, Colorado. It was developed primarily as a railroad town on the Rio Grande Railroad line in the late 1800’s, and for the better part of the next century was a major center for mining of zinc, gold, silver, lead, and copper. Though Minturn is just 10 minutes from elite resorts that attract tourists from all parts of the globe, its down-to-earth character and friendly atmosphere set it worlds apart.
The town of Red Cliff is a former mining camp situated in the canyon of the upper Eagle River just off U.S. Highway 24 north of Tennessee Pass. The recent revival of the town has given rise to a new inn housed in one of the downtown structures. In winter, the town serves as a popular access point to Shrine Pass for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In recent years, a car shuttle has operated between the town and nearby Vail, allowing visitors to Vail easy access to the pass.
Only moments away from the hustle and bustle of Vail lies a site unlike anything else in the Vail Valley – 4,676 acres of wilderness surrounded by 140,000 acres of National Forest Service. Set back from the rush of the I-70 – so much so that it is completely forgotten once you turn off only 1 exit past Vail. Offering a mix of sites with views of Vail’s back bowls, a few 14ers, and herds of Elk, Battle Mountain is a masterpiece.