Enjoy a Scenic RV Tour Around the Stunning Eagle County
Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883, from portions of Summit County. It was named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff, Colorado, but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.
A map of Eagle County. Green is White River National Forest, yellow is Bureau of Land Management land. The reddish line from east to west is Interstate 70, running along Eagle River.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 1,691.80 square miles (4,381.7 km2), of which 1,687.88 square miles (4,371.6 km2) (or 99.77%) is land and 3.93 square miles (10.2 km2) (or 0.23%) is water.
Much of the county is taken up by White River National Forest, and much of the rest is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Interstate 70 crosses the county from east to west.
The Eagle River rises in the southeastern part of the county. It receives Gore Creek at Dowds Junction, and joins the Colorado River in the west. Fryingpan River and the Roaring Fork River intersect the southwest corner of the county.
Eagle county skiing
Though Eagle County lacks the diversity of resorts found in neighboring Summit County, Vail is enough of a draw on its own. The resort offers over 5,000 acres of skiing on three distinct mountain areas, including the famed open-bowl skiing of Back Bowls. Adjacent to the town of Avon, Beaver Creek, another Vail resort, is known for its excellent groomers and family-oriented atmosphere. The resort has received multiple awards from the National Ski Areas Association for best guest service in the U.S.
As any golfer would deduce, a county with mountain scenery, 300 days of sun and temperatures that rarely rise above 80 degrees provides a perfect backdrop for incredible courses and country clubs. Eagle County doesn't disappoint with around a dozen clubs with courses designed by some of the most famous names in golf, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Visitors from areas a little closer to sea level will enjoy the boost that the thin, high-altitude air offers on drives.