Eagle County is made up of many small communities, each as unique and diverse as the people who live there. The county has incredible geographic diversity, from lushly forested Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff to the spacious ranches of Eagle and Gypsum.
Vail’s lifestyle combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. Vail visitors and residents enjoy 1000+ acres of open space, 350,000 acres of national forest and more than 5,000 skiable acres on the largest ski mountain in North America.
The Town of Avon was incorporated in 1978 and continues to revere its ranching and agricultural heritage while growing its reputation as the commercial hub in the heart of the valley. Avon offers big store and specialty shopping, housing, recreation and lodging across all price ranges.
Basalt is a quaint mountain community in southwestern Eagle County, located at the confluence of two Gold Medal trout streams: the Frying Pan and the Roaring Fork Rivers. The town was founded by the Midland Railroad in 1887, and much of the historic architecture still stands.
Historic Eagle, the county seat, is the essence of Americana. Named after the Eagle River, Historic Eagle is an original compact city with a traditional main street lined with shops and cafes. Some of the county’s most beautiful ranches surround the town, while scenic Brush Creek stretches south to public recreation areas, including a sparkling swimming pool and ice rink.
Gypsum enjoys enormous local popularity due largely to its mild climate, decidedly western flavor and hometown feel. Residents claim you can fly fish out the front door and meet at least ten friends on every trip to the post office or grocery store. Longtime locals and newcomers enjoy the convenience of nearby Eagle County Regional Airport and its quick connection to cities all over the globe.
Located just around the corner from Vail and on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, Minturn is an old and friendly town with old time values. Families still play in their yards and shop on a traditional main street. A new town center, fire station and other developments stand amid historic homes. This small, resilient town has every intention of staying small and offers the best of every season.
The oldest town in the county and the first county seat, Red Cliff is made up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. At nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, Red Cliff is a quaint mountain community that attracts rugged individualists who enjoy bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and fantastic wildflower viewing. From Red Cliff you get close-up views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and the surrounding White River National Forest.
With its thriving business and shopping complexes, Edwards is a magnet that draws folks down valley who want to be part of the wide open spaces, warmer climates and its growing community spirit. A unique Eagle County partnership with the private and education sectors brought the vibrant mountain neighborhood of Miller Ranch to Edwards in 2006. Miller Ranch Deed Restrictions and Housing Guidelines secure much-needed local workforce housing.
El Jebel is a growing residential community near Basalt in the southwestern corner of the county. Its location in the Roaring Fork Valley along the Frying Pan River provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.