Forest Service considers fee increase at Vail Pass rec area |

Forest Service considers fee increase at Vail Pass rec area

VAIL — The Dillon and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Districts are proposing to increase the fee at the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area to cover the costs of operation. The fee would be increased to $9 per day and $100 for a season pass. The current fees to use the area are $6 per person per day and $40 for a season pass.

The current fee has been in place for over 10 years, and throughout time the cost to operate the area has increased with no commensurate increase in revenue, the Forest Service said. The authority to charge a special recreation permit fee is authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

The fee revenue provides the following:

• A brochure/map.

• Groomed trails.

• Managed parking.

• Visitor information.

• Forest Service patrols.

“This proposed increase in fee revenue would allow for us to continue providing quality service at the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area,” said Jan Cutts, Dillon District ranger.

This proposal was recommended by the Vail Pass Task Force, a volunteer group that provides oversight of the recreation area.

Feedback Requested

Feedback is requested on this proposal from users of the winter recreation area. To comment, send an email to

For additional information, go to You may also call the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400.

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