Area Info

Eagle County is the fourteenth most populous of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado in the United States. The county is named for the Eagle River. The county population was 52,197 at 2010 census.] The county seat is the Town of Eagle. The Edwards Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises Eagle County and Lake County.

 

History

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.

Geography

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.

 

State park

 National forest and wilderness

 Trails

 Scenic byways

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.

Golf Courses

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

Eagle Vail Golf Club

Eagle Vail Transportation

Vail Ski Area

Vail is served by Eagle County Airport, which is near Gypsum. Native Americans used to call the area near this airport the "hole in the sky" because storms seemed to avoid it.