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Getting To Vail


No matter how you get to Vail for the Summer Mountain Games, we assure you there are plenty of adventures on the way. Bring your toys, take some extra time and enjoy some of the best country in the United States. Perhaps you will end up like some of us and never leave.

Travelers often neglect the northwestern corner of Colorado because of the predominately barren landscape. However, this part of the state contains several hidden gems, perfect for the whole family. On the border with Utah, Dinosaur National Monument is a fascinating place for kids and adults alike.

Traveling from Dinosaur west towards Vail, the Highway 40 follows the scenic Yampa River with several charming small towns along the way. At Steamboat Springs enjoy some Western heritage and then continue south on Highway 131 crossing the famous Colorado River at State Bridge. Then, it's just 45 minutes in ranch country to reach your final destination.

From the south, there are a variety of routes to Vail, each offering a spectacular sampling of southern Colorado. One of the most scenic drives continues north from historic Santa Fe, New Mexico on Highway 522. In Colorado, take Highway 17, which is flanked by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range on the east, and the San Juan Mountain Range on the west. A short pit stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument offers an opportunity to climb the country's highest sand dunes (700 feet) and for the more adventurous, a chance to try sand skiing or sledding.

Another quick detour to Canon City and you can see the fantastic Royal Gorge from the canyon floor aboard a train or from the sky on the world's highest suspension bridge. From there, the trip to Vail winds through the beautiful Arkansas River Valley, over the Continental Divide and through the historic mining town of Leadville. The hour drive from Leadville to the valley is a scenic byway and winds through some of Colorado's most impressive scenery.

Coming from the east, Vail is generally accessed via Interstate 70. Gradually climbing from the plains of the Midwest, I-70 reaches an elevation of 5,280 feet at the Mile High City, otherwise known as Denver. The "Big D," as Vail locals like to call it, is a great place to catch a major-league sporting event, go to an amusement park, see a concert or visit the aquarium. From Denver, I-70 winds up and into the mountains for which Colorado is famous.

Vail is less than 100 scenic miles away. For a quick side trip, take Highway 40 north to Rocky Mountain National Park, home to 412 square miles of lakes, mountains, meadows and waterfalls. A trip through the center of the park on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the world, promises glimpses of native bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer and hawks. No matter what route you take, the scenery on the trip westbound to the valley is surpassed only by the premier amenities and spectacular settings that await you.

Traveling eastbound, I-70 passes through hundreds of miles of scenic high-altitude desert. Just west of the Colorado-Utah border lies Moab, a great launching pad for a wide variety of activities. For spectacular sightseeing there are two national parks within a short drive; Arches and Canyonlands.

From Moab it's just four hours to Vail, but highlights along the way include the popular wineries of Grand Junction and the famous natural hot springs of Glenwood Springs. Just west of Glenwood Springs, the 14 miles of interstate through Glenwood Canyon are some of the most expensive and spectacular in the country. From Glenwood it's just 45 minutes of a steady climb from the high-altitude desert to valley's beautiful sub-alpine terrain.

Denver International Airport

Vail/Eagle Regional Airport

Both DIA and Vail/Eagle County Airport have major rental car agencies available.

Shuttle companies operate from both airports and drop guests off at the front door of their lodging destination.

CLICK HERE for discounted ground transportation with Colorado Mountain Express.

2014 Lodging

Your 2014 lodging hook up in Vail.



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THREE Free Concerts

Xavier Rudd, Tokyo Police Club and Cold War Kids free concerts at the 2014 GoPro Mountain Games.

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Event Schedule | Summer
7:00 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 1
8:00 BADASS Dash - Elite Trained Division
8:00 Down River Sprint - Start
8:00 Outside Adventure Film School - Film School
8:00 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - Down River Sprint Start - Option #1
8:00 Vail Pass Half Marathon - Start
9:00 Adventure Village - Opens
9:00 BADASS Dash - Recreation Division
9:00 DockDogs Big Air - Wave 5
9:00 Gerber Gear Town - Opens
9:00 River Town - Opens
9:00 River Town - SUP Yoga
9:30 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - SUP Surf Sprint Start - Option #2
10:00 Bouldering World Cup - Semi-Finals
10:00 Free Yoga - Yoga Time
10:00 X-Country Mountain Bike - Kids Race (12 and under)
10:30 River Town - Beginner SUP and Kayak
11:00 DockDogs Big Air - Wave 6
11:00 Kayak Freestyle - Semi-Final
11:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Pro Men/Women
11:45 X-Country Mountain Bike - PRO, Expert, Single Speed, UMC PRO
12:00 River Town - SUP Yoga
12:00 Slackline World Cup - Qualifying Round 1
1:00 BADASS Dash - Kids Dash
1:00 DockDogs Big Air - Wave 7
1:00 River Town - SUP and Kayak Clinics
2:00 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 2
2:00 BADASS Dash - K-9 Companion Division
2:00 Costa Casting Clinics - Start
3:30 DockDogs Extreme Vertical - Start
3:30 Slackline World Cup - Quarterfinals
3:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Amateur Men/Women & Teams
3:45 X-Country Mountain Bike - All Jrs Categories, Beginners, Sport, All Masters Categories, All Vet Categories, UMC Amateur & UMC Teams
4:15 Kayak Freestyle - Finals
5:00 Bouldering World Cup - Finals
7:00 Cold War Kids Free Concert - Showtime
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