Description - The Eagle Area includes the lower Eagle River Valley in western Eagle County, Colorado. The area is approximately 135 miles west of Denver, between Vail and Glenwood Springs. Most of the outdoor attractions in the area are located on public lands, including National Forest, BLM, and a State Park. The Holy Cross Wilderness, the Yeoman Park area, Fulford Cave, Sylvan Lake State Park, LEDE Reservoir, and the Eagle-Thomasville road are several of the attractions to the south of Eagle and I-70.
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East Brush Creek at Yeoman Park
- Most of the outdoor attractions in the area are located on public lands, including National Forest, BLM, and a State Park. The Holy Cross Wilderness, the Yeoman Park area, Fulford Cave, Sylvan Lake State Park, LEDE Reservoir, and the Eagle-Thomasville road are several of the attractions to the south of Eagle and I-70. Some of the many attractions to the north and west of Eagle include Deep Creek Canyon, Glenwood Canyon, the Deep Lake/Heart Lake area, the Sweetwater Lake area, Hanging Lake, the Coffee Pot Road and the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Recreation - The Eagle area offers miles of trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and in the wintertime, cross-country skiing. While most of these are backcountry trails, the Glenwood Canyon Trail is a paved recreation path, ideal for biking, in-line skating or walking through scenic Glenwood Canyon.
The Forest Service, the BLM, and Sylvan Lake State Park all administer area campgrounds with varying levels of service. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist in the Eagle area. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next visitor an equal experience.
Several scenic drives in the area include the Eagle-Thomasville Road, the Coffee Pot Road, and I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Deep Creek Overlook, just off the Coffee Pot Road, offers a spectacular view of Deep Creek Canyon. Both the Coffee Pot Road and the Eagle-Thomasville Road are gravel roads which are not maintained in the winter.
Popular winter recreation activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Tenth Mountain Hut System cuts across the southern end of the area and provides a hut-to-hut trail system for cross-country skiing. Great snowmobiling exists in many of the non-wilderness portions of the area.
Climate - Elevations range from 6,000 feet in Glenwood Canyon to 13,670 feet on Mount Jackson. Vegetation includes piñon and juniper forests, hay meadows and sagebrush at lower elevations; aspen and lodgepole pine at intermediate elevations; Engelmann spruce/subalpine fir forests above about 10,000 feet and alpine tundra at the highest elevations.
In the valley bottoms, around the towns of Eagle and Gypsum, summer high temperatures extend into the mid 80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 35 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Most of the area and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until mid-July.
The Eagle area lies about 135 miles west of Denver. It includes the area around the towns of Eagle and Gypsum, and the lower Eagle River Valley. The Sawatch Range, Lake Creek, Brush Creek and Gypsum Creek lie to the south. To the north and west lie the Colorado River, the Flat Tops and Glenwood Canyon.