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East Vail trails summer pilot program ends Oct. 11 with reopening of Booth Lake Trail parking

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September 30, 2021, 11:57 am

The Town of Vail on Thursday issued the following press release on the upcoming end of its summer pilot program to address overcrowding at East Vail trailheads:

Trailhead parking for Booth Lake will reopen beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, following a summerlong pilot program that was used to address neighborhood safety concerns and overcrowding of the East Vail trails leading to the Eagles Nest Wilderness.  

Parking at the Booth Lake trailhead has been closed since June 2 as part of the initiative developed through a partnership facilitated by the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center involving Town of Vail, U.S. Forest Service, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, Walking Mountains Science Center, Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance, Vail Mountain School and Vail Resorts. 

In addition to changes at the Booth Lake trailhead, improvements had been initiated by USFS at the Gore-Deluge trailhead in which designated parking spaces and delineated no parking areas were created to address conflicts between vehicles and bicyclists on Vail Pass. Also, efforts were made to actively promote trail stewardship and Leave No Trace principles through in-person contacts by trail hosts, ambassadors and rangers.

Hikers are encouraged to practice the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace in all year-round activities. It’s easy to learn about the 7 ways to help protect the environment and enter to win a trip to Vail by taking the Vail Sustainability Quiz.

Parking violations in the Booth Falls neighborhood will continue to be strictly enforced by the police department which carries higher penalties than elsewhere in town. 

Recommended trailhead access is available through the Bus it to Hike it program which provides free Vail Transit service to East Vail every 30 minutes from the Vail Transportation Center. 

While the East Vail trails have been popular outings during the fall foliage season, other recommended hikes can be found at hikevail.net

A recap of the summer pilot program activities, including trail counts, in-person contacts and parking enforcement, will be presented to the Vail Town Council at a future meeting along with recommended programming for the summer 2022 hiking season and additional long-term recommendations. 

For more information, contact Vail Police Cmdr. Ryan Kenney at rkenney@vailgov.com.Click here for more information

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David O. Williams is the editor and co-founder of RealVail.com and has had his awarding-winning work (see About Us) published in more than 75 newspapers and magazines around the world, including 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), the Anchorage Daily Press (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Central Magazine, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Cortez Journal, the Craig Daily Press, the Curry Coastal Pilot (Oregon), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Del Norte Triplicate (California), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, Explore Big Sky (Mont.), the Fort Morgan Times (Colorado), the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), the Kingman Daily Miner (Arizona), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the Las Vegas Sun, the Leadville Herald-Democrat, the London Daily Mirror, the Moab Times Independent (Utah), the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), the Montrose Daily Press, The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, the Rio Blanco Herald Times (Colorado), Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), the Salt Lake Tribune, SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Sky-Hi News, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Sterling Journal Advocate (Colorado), the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Health Magazine, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail, Westword (Denver), Writers on the Range and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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