Living in The Valley Community

What is it like to live in Vail and surrounding areas?

Marta, Clinical Coordinator, Talks About the OR
Department and Team at Vail Health
Living in Vail, Colorado, the "high country," provides opportunities to enjoy not only the countless outdoor activities the area has to offer, but also daily cultural, educational and family events. With the allure of world-class ski resorts, plus everyday amenities, including great schools, community centers, shopping and restaurants, more than 52,000 people make Eagle County their home.

At an elevation of 8,150 feet above sea level, Vail receives an average of 200 inches of snowfall per season and residents see more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Vail is served by Eagle County Airport, 30 miles to the west, offering services to select cities in the U.S., and Denver International Airport is approximately 100 miles to the east with national and international flight services. The town operates the largest in-town free shuttle bus system in the country, and Vail Health offers a free shuttle service for hospital staff from Gypsum, Edwards, Avon, Leadville and Frisco.

Prospective employees are encouraged to search the Internet for information on local real estate, transportation and amenities. The Vail Daily is Eagle County's daily newspaper, and the Vail Valley Partnership is our chamber and tourism bureau. In addition, our Eagle County and Employee Housing pages are helpful resources. However, the best way to get to know the area, and our hospital in particular is to visit us in person!

Eagle County is home to Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, Minturn and Gypsum.

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Vail is home to 4,500 permanent residents and 5,000 part-time second homeowners. The town enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine per year and boasts an average summer temperature of 75 degrees with a winter average of 45 degrees. Vail is world-renowned for its ski and snowboard resort and for being host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings.

Town of Avon

Referred to as the "Heart of the Valley," Avon is the gateway to Beaver Creek Resort as well as various other mountain adventures. Its location and services make life convenient and affordable for close to 6,500 residents. Avon is home to the Avon Recreation Center, Whitewater Park, Nottingham Park and great local restaurants and shops.


The residents of Edwards enjoy some of the Valley's best dining and entertainment. Local recreational activities range from snowshoeing and skiing to golfing, hiking and biking. Edwards is located just 10 miles west of Vail.

Town of Minturn

Just two miles south of I-70, and only 10 minutes from Vail, Minturn is an old railroad town developed in the late 1800s. Quaint shops and restaurants provide respite after touring some of the area's most majestic sites on foot, bike or kayak/raft.

Town of Eagle

The Town of Eagle is a community of 6,500 residents. Located 20 miles west of Vail, Eagle boasts clear blue skies, beautiful scenery, and a friendly small-town feel.

Town of Gypsum

Located 30 minutes from Beaver Creek and 45 minutes from Vail, the Town of Gypsum is the west end of the Eagle Valley. Nestled along the Eagle River, Gypsum residents and visitors enjoy fishing, rafting/kayaking, hiking and golf. In addition, the town provides ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, an outdoor theater and more.