Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail

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The Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail is a popular route for cyclists, inline skaters and hikers who seek a paved off-road route through spectacular mountain scenery. The trail runs for 22 miles between the town of Frisco and Gore Creek Campground on the White River National Forest just outside of Vail.

On the Vail end, the trail begins where Bighorn Road ends, following what used to be Highway 6 to Vail Pass, a cool 10,554 feet (restrooms available). From here the trail descends all the way to Frisco, passing through Copper Mountain ski resort, which offers a nice stopover for refreshments and a rest.

From Frisco the trail occupies the old right-of-way for the Denver-South Park Pacific Narrow Gauge Railroad, which used to run between the peaks of the Ten Mile Range and Ten Mile Creek, paralleling the current route of Interstate 70. To Cooper Mountain, the trail is a gradual uphill, getting steeper as you reach Vail Pass.

Parking and Trail Access

In Frisco park just off I-70 (Exti 201) at a parking lot at the end of Forest Road. If the lot is full try parking on the street in town.

In Copper Mountain park at Copper Mountain Center or at the Wheeler Flats Trailhead; take Exit 195 and go to the east end of Copper Road.

Near Vail, take Exit 180 for East Vail; turn right and travel 2.3 miles east on the south frontage road. You'll go under I-70 and past Gore Creek Campground. Park just beyond at the road closure gate.


New Extension of Trail Near Copper Mountain

   July, 2014 by al_pine

7/21/14 - Trail has been extended on the East side of 10 Mile Creek to reduce traffic thru major trailhead. New trail follows the creek south about 1.3 miles to an intersection with Highway. A bridge across creek near the Entrance to Copper Mountain ...read more

Enjoyed the Climb

   September, 2013 by acewickwire

Labor Day Ride. Started at the Frisco end (exit 201) parking lot right next to the exit ramp coming from the West. Climbed all the way to the top of Vail Pass about a 1,600 ft. elevation change. Then enjoyed the great downhill back to start. A lot of ...read more

Beautiful Ride

   July, 2012 by gaoakleys

We took our bikes on the shuttle to the top of the pass, courtesy of Mountain View Sports. They will pick up at Keystone, Dillon, or Frisco. We paid $20 each in 2012. At the top of the pass it was a pretty long and steep downhill run and we were glad ...read more