Description - Beaver Creek is a resort community located 10 miles west of Vail in Colorado's central mountains. The village has been constructed at the base of Beaver Creek Ski Area, a world-class ski and snowboard destination.
- This area is loaded with outstanding outdoor recreation attractions. The community of Beaver Creek sits at the base of the Beaver Creek ski area and only 10 miles west of the Vail ski area. Beaver Creek is surrounded by National Forest land on the Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest. The Holy Cross Wilderness is located several miles south of Beaver Creek with trails beginning in town which access the wilderness. A section of the Tenth Mountain Hut System is located to the east and south of Beaver Creek.
Recreation - This area offers many miles of National Forest trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and in the winter, cross-country skiing.
Six developed Forest Service campgrounds are located in the area. These campgrounds offer varying levels of services. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next visitor an equal experience.
Downhill skiing is overwhelmingly the most popular winter recreation activity in the area. The other very popular winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Tenth Mountain Hut System provides a hut-to-hut trail system for cross-country skiing. Great snowmobiling exists in many of the non-wilderness portions of the area. The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area includes many of the most heavily used snowmobile and cross-country ski trails.
Climate - Elevations in this area range from 7,200 feet to 14,005 feet on Mount of the Holy Cross. Vegetation includes sagebrush meadows at lower elevations, aspen and lodgepole pine at intermediate elevations, Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir forests above about 10,000 feet, and alpine tundra at the highest elevations.
In the valley bottoms, summer high temperatures extend into the low 80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 35 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. The average annual precipitation is about 30 inches and much of it comes in the form of winter snow. In the higher elevations, significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until at least mid-July.
Beaver Creek is located in Colorado's central mountains. It sits just south of Interstate 70, adjacent to the town of Avon and west of Vail. The area can be accessed from the Avon I-70 exit, #167.