The beauty of the Vail Valley is that it is easy to access … but once here you feel removed from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. The Vail Valley is a long corridor stretching from East Vail all the way to Dotsero on the far west side of the county. Interstate 70 traverses the valley, so getting to Vail and Beaver Creek is a breeze.
Vail transportation options abound: There are many ways to get to Vail. Guests can fly into Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) – a morning arrival means afternoon skiing. Fly into Denver International Airport and make the stunning 120-mile trip to Vail over two mountain passes.
Getting around the valley with all the Vail transportation options is easy. For those who feel timid driving in winter conditions, car services, taxis, shuttles and buses are plentiful, otherwise there are lots of rental car companies. The lengthy paved bike path means the more enthusiastic bicyclists can travel throughout the Vail Valley via two wheels; the local countywide bus system provides frequent trips around the Vail Valley at a good price. The Town of Vail has one of the country’s largest free transportation system with its in-town bus service that runs 21 hours a day. The resorts of Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek offer free dial-a-ride to condo and hotel guests; most every hotel in the area also offers a free shuttle service.
Vail Transportation: Roundabouts
One Vail transportation issue you will definitely encounter, and might approach with trepidation, are roundabouts. From Eagle to Vail, every town has a roundabout (or five) to negotiate. Fear not – here are a few tips to get you safely through the circle.
Slow down as you approach the roundabout. Decide which lane you need to be in: to go straight or right, get in the right lane. When in doubt, look at the road signs as you approach the roundabout. To take a left or make a U-turn, stay in the left lane. If you’re not sure, pay attention to markings on the road or signs. Look left, enter when there is a gap in traffic and stay in your lane. Never stop in the roundabout.