This National Recreation Trail travels from the Vail Pass Trail, just east of East Vail, up over Two Elk Pass, then down Two Elk Creek into Minturn. It can be traveled in either direction.
A designated National Recreation Trail, Two Elk Trail offers many panoramic views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges.
This trail also passes by the back bowls of Vail Ski Area. China, Sunup and Sundown bowls are known for their deep powder skiing.
A side trip to Red Benchmark, north of Two Elk Pass offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The changes in elevation provide for a wide variety of vegetation, ranging from high alpine forests to stands of aspens and cottonwoods to dry, brushy slopes.