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The Vail Recreation District's (VRD) mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing the following:

  • Outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, and numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, broomball, figure skating and rugby.
  • Venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming Room, Vail's Imagination Station, and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities.
  • Sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families.
  • Opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps

VRD thrives because of its excellent relationship with Vail Valley residents and guests. Feel free to contact us about volunteer opportunities, grants, scholarships, employment or sponsorship. Please don't hesistate to contact us with any questions at 970-479-2279 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Facilities

Dobson Ice Arena

321 East Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657

970-479-2271 | Fax 970-479-2267 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

At 35,000-square-feet, Dobson Ice Arena is one of the largest multi-purpose ice facilities on Colorado's Western Slope. It's open year-round for hockey, figure skating and broomball. It hosts ice events such as the Vail Invitational Skating Championships and the Bob Johnson Hockey Camp, yet the Lipizanner Stallions have also performed here, and the arena has been home to many other non-ice events like concerts. In late October, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail conducts its annual equipment swap here, a longstanding Vail Valley tradition. Dobson Ice Arena offers a variety of public-skate times, classes, leagues, and competitions. It is also home to Vail Junior Hockey Club and Skating Club of Vail.

Directions

Dobson Ice Arena is situated between the Lionshead parking structure and Vail Valley Medical Center. It is on the in-town Vail Village/Lionshead bus route, across from the Vail Library. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road West to the Lionshead parking structure and park. Walk to the southeast exit, and you will see Dobson Ice Arena. The entrance is on the south, across from the library.


Vail Golf Club

1775 Sunburst Drive, Vail, CO 81657

888-709-3939 | 970-479-2260 | Fax 970-479-2355 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Vail Golf Club, nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range, presents golfers with a unique and scenic 18-hole, par 71 experience. The Vail Valley's most walkable course, the golf club is open to the public and features a full service pro shop, group/corporate outings, professional instruction, driving range, practice area, golf swing analysis and Grill on the Gore, featuring Rocky Mountain fare at its finest. Recognized by Golf Digest as a "Top 100 Resort Course," golfers enjoy playing greens that follow the Gore Creek and lay adjacent to the White River National Forest. The Vail Golf Club also offers an ADA accessible cart for those with additional needs.

Directions

The Vail Golf Club is located approximately 100 miles west of Denver and 147 miles east of Grand Junction along Interstate 70. Take exit 176, turn on to South Frontage Road (east), travel east approximately 1.5 miles, then turn right on Vail Valley Drive. Follow this approximately ½ mile until you arrive at the Vail Golf Club.


Vail Nature Center

601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2291 | Fax 970-479-3459 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Vail Nature Center is housed in a log cabin perched between alpine meadow and forest at Gore Creek's edge. This seven-acre enclave in the heart of Vail offers residents and guests opportunities to learn about, appreciate and immerse themselves in our mountain environment. The knowledgeable staff hosts informative bird, wildflower and beaver pond hikes. Classes in arts which incorporate nature are offered as well as courses about medicinal plants and instruction in fly fishing for all ages. Camp Eco Fun, a summer day camp, is just for children. The Nature Center offers family activities in the evenings, and it takes groups outside its boundaries to enjoy our beautiful alpine setting. While it is primarily a summer facility, Vail Nature Center does offer limited winter classes and activities.

Directions

From the Frontage Road:

Take the East Vail or Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center and get off at the Ford Park stop. If driving, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), proceed on South Frontage Road East .9 mile to Ford Park. Park here. Walk south, veering left, past the Tennis Center and down the hill. The path skirts the amphitheater, then comes to a bridge on the left. Cross the bridge and go left/east, following the path to the cabin.

From Vail Valley Drive:

Take the Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center and get off at the Soccer Field stop. Walk west along Vail Valley Drive until you see stairs on the right leading down to the river. At the bridge, do not cross, go right, and follow the path to the cabin.

If walking from Golden Peak, proceed east on Vail Valley Drive about five minutes until you see stairs and the path down to the river on your left.


Vail Tennis Center

700 South Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657  

970-479-2294 | Fax 970-479-2297 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Vail Tennis Center Parking Info

The Vail Tennis Center is comprised of eight Har-Tru clay courts, four hard courts and a full-service pro shop. Its remarkable view of the Gore Range is accented by the rushing sound of Gore Creek just down the hill. Open Memorial Day weekend through September 30, affordable court and equipment rentals, private lessons and group clinics are available to residents and guests of all ages. Evening and weekend play is scheduled for Men, Women, Mixed Doubles and Men 60+, as well as week-long junior camps. In August, the Bill Wright Colorado Clay Court Open, a USTA-sanctioned event, draws players region-wide.

Directions

From the Frontage Road:

Take the East Vail or Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center and get off at the Ford Park stop. If driving, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), proceed on South Frontage Road East .9 mile to Ford Park. Park here. Follow the path bisecting the courts to the Pro Shop.

From Vail Valley Drive:

Take the Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center and get off at the Soccer Field stop. Walk west along Vail Valley Drive until you see stairs on the right leading down to the river. At the bridge, cross, go right, and follow the path uphill to the Pro Shop on your left. If walking from Golden Peak, proceed east on Vail Valley Drive about five minutes until you see stairs and the path down to the river on your left. Descend the stairs, cross the bridge, then go right an follow the bike path up the hill to the Pro Shop on your left.


Vail Gymnastics Center

545 North Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2287 | Fax 970-479-2286 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

With 9,000 square feet and state-of-the-art equipment, Vail Gymnastics Center offers a first-class facility for gymnastics, martial arts, trampoline and fencing. Whether preschooler or adult, recreational enthusiast or competitive athlete, we have a program for you. All classes and teams are open to guests on a drop-in basis. This facility is also available for events rentals.

Directions

Vail Gymnastics Center is located on North Frontage Road, next to Red Sandstone Elementary School, and across the pedestrian bridge over I-70 from Lionshead. It is accessible via the West Vail Red, Sandstone, or Lionsridge Loop bus. Get off at the Sandstone School stop. Follow the drive on the right to the Gymnastics Center. If driving, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take North Frontage Road. Follow it .6 mile. Turn right. Stay right as you proceed up the short hill to the Center.


Vail's Imagination Station

395 East Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2292 | Fax 970-479-2835 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Imagination Station, a hands-on children's museum, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Imagination Station is for children ages two to 12 and their families and its new features include a play wall that encourages active play integrating physical and cognitive learning; a light table and builder boards that inspire development and dexterity; a hyperbolic funnel that models planetary motion; and a new Mad Scientist's Lab where children will make slime, "gak" and other messy projects. The marble wall also will be back with a more user-friendly design where children can spend hours revising their marble track. Costs per child are $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month or $40 a year. Family memberships are available for $30 per month or $60 per year for unlimited visits. Adults and infants are free.

Directions

Vail's Imagination Station is conveniently located above the Vail Welcome Center at the southwest end of the Lionshead parking structure. It is accessible via the Lionshead stop on the in-town Vail Village/Lionshead bus. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road West to the Lionshead parking structure.


Community Programming Room

395 East Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2292 | Fax 970-479-2835 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The new community programming room is a multipurpose space that will serve as a fitness and art studio for all ages. The VRD will offer adult fitness/wellness classes including TRX suspension training, yoga and meditation. Art classes will include jewelry making and drop-in paint-your-own pottery. Preschool children can look forward to the return of the Preschool Art Studio and Family Yoga. In addition, an Art Sampler will be offered to school-age children beginning in late-February. Also new, African Drumming, for ages 12 and older will be offered on Saturday afternoons. Programs in the planning phase include music, belly dancing, hula hoop yoga and additional art classes.

Directions

Vail's Community Programming Room is conveniently located above the Vail Welcome Center at the southwest end of the Lionshead parking structure. It is accessible via the Lionshead stop on the in-town Vail Village/Lionshead bus. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road West to the Lionshead parking structure.


Vail's Nordic Center

1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657 

970-476-8366 | www.vailnordiccenter.com | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Winter 2011-12 Parking Details

From November through March, the Vail Nordic Center utilizes the snowy Vail Golf Club and offers 17 kilometers of groomed skate and classic track as well as 10 kilometers of additional snowshoe trails. The Nordic Center pro shop is a top-notch, full-service shop which rents and sells equipment. It also sells clothing, offers snowshoe tours, conducts private lessons, teaches clinics on waxing and sells the daily or season track pass required to use the trails. The Vail Nordic Club runs a Five-at-Five race series and holds an early-season Nordic Swap.

Directions

The Vail Nordic Center can be reached from the Transportation Center via the Golf Course bus; get off at the Club House stop. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take the South Frontage Road East. Proceed 1.4 miles, past Ford Park on your right. At Vail Valley Drive, turn right across the bridge. Proceed to the Club House on your left.


Vail Skatepark (Open May through October)

Lionshead Parking Structure, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2292 | Fax 970-479-2835 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As soon as the snow melts, the Vail Skatepark takes its place on the top level of the Lionshead parking structure. It is open every day, dawn to dusk. Youth, ages seven to 14 can join skateboard clinics from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. Private lessons are also available. Helmets are required. Knee pads and wrist guards are recommended.

Directions

Take the in-town Vail Village/Lionshead bus to the Lionshead stop. Proceed up the stairs to the top level of the structure. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road West to the Lionshead parking structure.


Vail Athletic Fields

700 South Frontage Road East, Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-2280 | Fax 970-479-2281 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Ford Park/Athletic Fields Parking

At Ford Park, we have multiple fields for softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football. Here, we conduct most of our sports camps and adult sports leagues. It is also often the center for tournaments, such as the Vail Lacrosse Tournament and 3v3 Soccer Tournament. On Vail Valley Drive, we have a soccer/football field with goalposts, along with sand volleyball courts. At Donovan Park, we have an additional playing field.

Directions to Ford Park

From the Frontage Road:

Via the East Vail bus from the Transportation Center, get off at the Ford Park stop. If driving, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), proceed on South Frontage Road East .9 mile to Ford Park. Park here. Follow the parking lot west to the fields.

From Vail Valley Drive:

Take the Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center, get off at the Soccer Field stop. Walk west along Vail Valley Drive until you see stairs on the right leading down to the river. At the bridge, cross, go right, and follow the path uphill. At the fork, go left past the Tennis Center to the fields. If walking from Golden Peak, proceed east on Vail Valley Drive about five minutes until you see stairs and the path down to the river on your left.

Directions to Soccer Field at Vail Valley Drive

Via the Golf Course bus from the Transportation Center, get off at the Soccer Field stop. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road East heading toward Vail Village Parking Structure. Drive past the structure to the stop sign for Vail Valley Drive. Turn right. Follow Vail Valley Drive down the hill, past Golden Peak, and past the Northwoods Condominiums. The Soccer Field entrance is immediately on the right.

Directions to Field at Donovan Park

Via the West Vail Green bus from the Transportation Center, get off at the Cascade Village stop. Walk west along South Frontage Road West .4 mile to Donovan Park. By car, from the main Vail roundabout (I-70 exit 176), take South Frontage Road West. Proceed 1.9 miles, past Lionshead and the Vail Cascade Resort, to Donovan Park on the left.

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All fees listed are in U.S. currency (dollars).

 

Sponsors/Grants

Part of our mission is to keep recreation affordable. We achieve this with the help of national and local sponsors. We offer grants and scholarships for all our youth programs and free admission for our adult volunteers. We always need and appreciate volunteers and sponsors who help make our programs happen. Please call 970-479-2446 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Scholarships

The Vail Recreation District is proud to offer grants or scholarships for most of its youth activities. With the help of various community outreach programs and businesses, the VRD is able to afford need- and merit- based awards to deserving youth throughout the Valley.

Grant Application Form | Spanish Grant Application Form

 Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant

Tom Slaughter, Jr. was a Vail Valley resident who enjoyed the endless recreational opportunities the valley has to offer. In keeping with his spirit, the Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant awards funds to school-aged Eagle County youth to influence the constructive development of leisure and recreational skills. Funds can be used for any Vail Recreation District youth program and are awarded throughout the year.

Please click on the links above to download an application in English or Spanish or contact the VRD offices at 970-479-2279.