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Biking and Hiking Trails
Overview
The Town of Avon offers paved recreational paths around Nottingham Park, along the Eagle River, and throughout town. It also offers dirt single-tracks on the northwest side of town in the West Avon Preserve.  The paved pathways and the dirt trails provide opportunities to walk, jog or bike while enjoying the town's mountain landscape.

Eagle Valley Trail
The Eagle Valley Trail travels through canyon, river edge and valley towns and is a notable amenity for residents and visitors.

The trail provides a safe, non-motorized route for pedestrians and bicyclists through Avon (map), connecting the town to the nearby communities of Eagle-Vail and Edwards.  The design and treatment of the path surface is designed to serve a wide range of age and ability levels.

West Avon Preserve
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Avon acquired 478 acres of land in 2013 north of Interstate 70 between the neighborhoods of Wildridge and Singletree.  The land Avon acquired was placed in a conservation easement to permanently preserve and protect natural habitat, wildlife and native plant species as well as provide open space for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. 

The West Avon Preserve is governed by the West Avon Preserve Management Plan, and is included in the Town’s Recreational Trails Master Plan, which outlines plans for improving the quality and quantity of trails. In 2014, the Town of Avon along with several partner organizations worked to form a network of hiking and biking trails.  Trails of all levels of difficulty from easy to strenuous wind through this parcel between Singletree and Wildridge. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are allowed uses while motorized vehicle use is not allowed on the West Avon Preserve trails (map).  Seasonal trail closures typically occur from November to April.  Trails include:
  • PB&J (Pumps, Berms and Jumps)
  • Saddle Ridge Loop
  • Lees Way Down
  • Wyse Way (formerly Masher)
  • Our Back Yard (formerly Easy Loop)
  • Carroll's Cutoff (formerly ASC X-cut)
  • BLT (formerly Lower Flow)
  • Wild West Ridge

Seasonal Trail Closures - December through April
Trails will be closed to protect wildlife winter habitat from December 15th through at least April 15th and apply to all multi-use trails except Our Backyard and PB&J.

The trail closures are important in providing critical, undisturbed deer and elk winter range land as well as bald eagle roosting and foraging habitat.

Winter is a time of great stress on many animals. During the winter months, deer and elk rely on their fat reserves as energy stores to survive the cold. If humans or other animals (such as dogs) spook a deer during winter, it could spell the death of that animal during the next cold snap.  Bald eagles seek isolated roosts and feeding areas. Moving roost sites during the winter months can lessen the eagles’ survival and ability to breed. Bald Eagles also forage for small mammals and birds found throughout the Preserve during the winter months.

Residents and visitors should be aware of and honor the following trail closures:

  • Avon-Singletree Connector
  • BLT
  • Carroll’s Cutoff
  • Lee’s Way
  • Saddle Ridge Trail
  • Wild West Ridge
  • Wyse Way


PB&J (formerly Playground Way)
The PB&J (Pumps, Berms and Jumps) trail-head is across from Oneil Spur Pocket Park in Wildridge at the intersection of at Old Trail Road and Oneal Spur. Start by heading towards Beaver Creek across the road. Big in-sloped corners aid in quickly descending tight switchbacks on the way down and also help on the way back up. There are great views of Beaver Creek while traversing the hillside. Playground Way ends on Saddle Ridge trail.

Restroom facilities and water fountain are available and the park is ADA Accessible. Ample parking is available. Use of the shelter is on a first come, first serve basis.

Saddle Ridge Loop
This trail is a straightforward climb to Wildridge with views of Beaver Creek and Avon. The climb begins roughly half way through the Avon Singletree Connector (ASC).

Singletree Connector
Ride from either June Creek Road in Singletree or the west end of Nottingham Road in Avon. From both directions the trail starts with a climb on single-track to great views of Beaver Creek. It takes about 25 minutes if you find yourself in granny gear.

ASC Trail is closed annually 12/15 to 4/15. Respect trail closures when marked.  Use at your own risk.

Lees Way Down
Lees Way provides beautiful views of Avon and Beaver Creek, but there is no time to take in the beauty as the trail twists and steeply descends towards Avon Singletree Connector (ASC). Enormous in-sloped berms perfectly built toss riders from corner to corner. Lee's Way Down ends on the ASC.  This is the perfect conclusion to a long climb up to Wildridge.

Parking available on the end of Nottingham Road. Please do not park in the turn around as this will not allow large trucks to make deliveries.

***This trail is for descending only and is not recommended for beginner riders.***

West Avon Preserve Etiquette, Restrictions and Contributors
Etiquette
Downhill travelers yield to uphill travelers
Alert others when passing from behind
Don't create new trails or walk around obstacles; Stay on the trail
Leave no trace
Bikers yield to joggers and walkers; joggers yield to walkers
Respect trail closures when marked.  Use at your own risk.

Restrictions
No motorized vehicles
Clean up after your pet
No camping
No smoking
No alcohol
No hunting
Stay on the trail
No fires or fireworks
No commercial use
Dogs must be under voice control
Call 970-479-2200 to report violations

Contributors and Volunteers
Thank you to: Eagle Valley Land Trust, Eagle County Open Space, United States Forest Service, Town of Avon Citizens, Singletree Property Owners Assoc., Berry Creek Metro District, Mr. John Shipp.  A special thanks to the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association for maintaining the trails. 

Additional Trails
Additional trails around Avon include: