- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
10th Mountain Division Hut and Trail System. The 10th Mountain Division Hut and Trail System is one of Colorado's outdoor gems. This network of 29 huts is in the mountains near Camp Hale, where the decorated namesake World War II division trained. Skiers and snowshoers in winter (snowmobiles are not permitted to approach the huts) and hikers and mountain bikers in summer tackle sections of the more than 350 mi of trails linking new and rustic cabins on day trips or weeklong expeditions. Apart from the joy of a self-reliant adventure among rugged mountains, travelers enjoy the camaraderie of communal living (there are very few private rooms in the huts), and evenings spent swapping stories by the glow of a wood-burning stove or the twinkle of summer stars. Vail, CO.
10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Maps and other information are available through the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Hut reservations should be made at least a month in advance. 1280 Ute Ave., Aspen, 81611. 970/925-5775. www.huts.org.
Paragon Guides. If you aren't familiar with the area's backcountry trails, hiring a guide is a good idea. In Vail, contact Paragon Guides. 970/926-5299. www.paragonguides.com.
Vail Nordic Center. The cross-country skiing at the Vail Nordic Center is on a golf course. It's not the most beautiful terrain, but it's free. 1778 Vail Valley Dr., Vail, CO, 81657. 970/476-8366. www.vailnordiccenter.com.
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- Small budget: Book Vail Cascade & Spa 3 Nts in May Fr $309+/Nt Save with Expedia, $140/night less
- May deal: Arrabelle at Vail Square, A Rock Fr $245+/Nt Save with Expedia, $40/night less
- $10.95 & up : Economy rentals in Vail Hotwire
- $114.00 & up : 4.5-star hotels in Vail — $114 Hotwire
- $14.95 & up : Full Size rentals in Vail — $15 Hotwire