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Colorado's Eagle Valley Trail will one day span 63 miles across Eagle County, from Glenwood Canyon in the west to Vail Pass in the east. Nearly 22 miles of the trail are currently completed, stretching from Dotsero, through Gypsum, to Eagle. Although the trail parallels US 6, there are pleasant views to be had of the Eagle River and the surrounding rugged terrain.
Beginning on the trail's west end on the outskirts of Dotsero, the paved pathway soon enters the Duck Pond Open Space, which offers boating and fishing access to the Eagle River, a picnic area, and restrooms.
About 4 miles farther east, travelers will enter Gypsum and begin to see residential neighborhoods. Once in town, the trail forms a loop with the upper leg continuing to follow US 6 and the lower leg paralleling Cooley Mesa Road. The loop offers access to local schools, businesses, the library, and the recreation center. On the way out of town, the trail borders Eagle County Regional Airport and then once again follows US 6 eastward. Here, the trail also parallels active railroad tracks in a configuration known as rail-with-trail.
As the trail approaches the community of Eagle, it traverses the Brush Creek Confluence Open Space; its creek is a popular fishing spot. Traveling through town, trail goers will find numerous restaurants and shops lining the route. From downtown, the trail continues about another 7 miles northeast, nestled between US 6 and I-70. The trail ends just before reaching Wolcott.
Due to its value to the region, the developing Eagle Valley Trail was part of Governor Hickenlooper's Colorado the Beautiful initiative. Future plans call for the trail to connect to the Vail Pass Recpath and the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail.
On the west end of the trail, parking is available in the Duck Pond Open Space (located just outside of Dotsero), as well as a handful of unmarked pull-off points along US 6.
On the eastern half of the trail, parking is available in the Brush Creek Confluence Open Space in Eagle, as well as at the intersection of Bearden Road and US 6/Aspen Meadows Road.
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