Just 13 mins (about 10 miles) from Vail, its more opulent counterpart to the east, Avon, Colorado is located along the Eagle River. Referred to by the indigenous Ute Indians as "the shining mountain," what began as prized hunting grounds for the Indians became, at the hands of settlers, an agricultural center for the production of lettuce. In order to serve markets months after the growing season, farmers would load railroad cars packed with ice from the Minturn Ice House. By 1972, however, neighboring Vail had become a world center for skiing, and Avon likewise made the transition from produce to winter and summer vacation rental fun!
Given Avon Colorado's proximity to two great ski resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek, the endless opportunities for winter sports - skiing, boarding, skating, etc. - go without saying. But summer offers its own treasure trove of activities during your vacation. Not only are there myriad hiking and biking trails in the area, why not go horseback riding or rafting on the Eagle River? Get a bird's eye view of the beautiful landscape with and exciting turn at paragliding. There are also numerous spas and health clubs in the area as well. In addition, enjoy access to the year-round amenities of the Avon Rec. Center ($14 a day pass) and Nottingham Lake for paddle boating and fishing.
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