Northwest Colorado is home to some beautiful mountain towns, ski areas, and backcountry forests that are a must see if you have a few days to spare. Eagle Creek Ambassador and Outdoor Photographer, Ben Horton, was kind enough to bring us to his hometown to show us around the gorgeous place he calls home, and adventure ensued.
For a California guy, it's hard not to be mesmerized by the expansive mountains and snow-covered peaks you see in every direction when landing in Denver. From Denver, we hopped on a short flight to Vail and made our way to our homebase outside the town of Edwards, CO.
On Day 1 we got an early start and headed west into the town of Vail, which sits right at the base of Vail Ski Resort, the largest ski mountain in Colorado. Sitting at just over 8,000 feet, the town of Vail is a small, quaint mountain village with plenty of boutique stores, ski shops, restaurants and bars to spend an entire day exploring. The main lift up the mountain is right in the center of town, so in winter the town is filled with a mix of skiers, snowboarders, and people simply enjoying the shops and food. With the town sitting at the base of the lift, it’s a treat for the skiers to be able to ride to the bottom, grab a lunch or drink in town, and walk right back to the lift for their next run. After a long day on the mountain, I’d suggest hitting up one of the many bars in town for a post-ski drink and some live music. In the summertime, Vail is a destination for golfing, hiking and cultural festivals, and with Gore Creek running through the town, you also have a popular fly fishing spot easily accessible.
On our second day, we decided to get a little off the beaten path, and headed deep into the White River National Forest to Hidden Treasure Yurts. Located at over 11,000 feet, these backcountry yurts are truly a hidden treasure. Far from any cell service, and accessible only by snowmobile or snowcat, these yurts are a great destination to get away from the routine of your everyday and enjoy the outdoors.