The all-new 2008/2009 Insider Guide to parking in Vail

Date: Feb. 22nd, 2009

Parking in Vail is much easier than you may think. There are a variety of different parking options available, depending on your parking needs and your budget. Each parking option offers value and convenience, and let's our guests choose what's best for them.

Self-Parking Options

1. The parking structures in Vail Village and Lionshead offer the most convenient access to the mountain. For details on paid parking options check out the Parking Information Flier.

Valet Parking Options

1. Mountain Valet, Inc. The pioneers of skier valet parking offer the closest, most convenient public parking available. Located at Golden Peak with easy access to Riva Bahn Express Lift #6, Ski School, and DEVO. Make your on-line reservations at: Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance or parking can be purchased on site. Supply is limited, reservations recommended. For additional information: 970-926-8901.

2. The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead, offers limited on site parking steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

3. The Lodge at Vail,  has a special offering as part of the Vail All The Love promotion featuring $15 all day parking at the foot of the vista Bahn in Vail Village with purchase of breakfast or lunch. Go to for details on how to obtain a Vail All The love card.

4. The Vail Cascade provides easy access to the mountain and no long lift lines with their on-site chair lift, Chair 20 Cascade Village Lift. Vail Resort also operates a ticket office right next to the lift for added convenience. Parking rates are $5 per hour, up to a maximum daily rate of $25.  

5. The Passport Clubhouse at Golden Peak offer limited and variable valet parking for $45. For information and parking availability please call 970-479-8020.

Free Parking Options

For our guests looking for the best value in parking and have a bit more flexibility in when and where they park, Vail offers a whole variety of free, secure parking. Check out this handy map of free parking options.

The top free parking locations in Vail:

1.East Vail Interchange at E. Vail Exit off I-70 near Bighorn Rd 12 spaces

2.North Frontage Road in West Vail (Fri.-Sun. and Peak days)
on the Frontage road across from Safeway 180 spaces

3.Stephens Park off of South Frontage Road W 15 spaces

4.North Trail Trailhead off of North Frontage Road W 6 spaces

5.Former location of Wendy's restaurant in West Vail 75 spaces

6.Spraddle Creek Trailhead off of Spraddle Creek Road 10 spaces

7.Red Sandstone Park - 700 North Frontage Road 15 spaces

Frontage Road Overflow parking Variable

Parking on Frontage Road will be used as overflow parking when the main parking garages and all other lots are filled.

Donovan Free Park Lot – NEW! 70+ spaces

An additional 70 spaces are available at Donovan Park, 1600 South Frontage Rd., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on days when the Donovan Pavilion is not in use. A sign will be posted at the entrance to indicate availability.

The parking area will be serviced by the Matterhorn bus stop and the West Vail Red transit line services this bus stop to the LionsHead base area with service on the hour and half hour.

More Affordable Short-Term Parking - NEW! 48 spaces

The price for short-term parking in the Vail Village and LionsHead structures is being lowered by $5 for the remainder of the season. The new $10 parking rate will be good for up to two-and-a-half hours from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the designated short-term, metered spaces. Parking remains free after 3 p.m.

Tips on Frontage Road Parking – When, How and Where!

1. Watch the digital signs on Vail Pass and when exiting I-70 for when the garages are full. It is best to exit at East Vail, turn right and proceed west on the frontage road into town—when you come upon cars parking on the frontage road, park your car and a special shuttle will pick up on the frontage road to deliver you to the transportation center.

2. If you get to the main Vail exit and discover that the garages are full, go to the south frontage road and head back east toward the golf course—more frontage road parking is available there than if you head west, and a special shuttle will also carry you from the frontage road to the transportation center.

Skier Drop-Off Locations

The Town of Vail maintains a variety of convenient locations for skier drop-off and pick-up. The four locations currently available are:

1. North Day Lot on the Frontage Road in Lionshead; this is the best bet to sue for skier drop off, especially if the main parking structures are full! It is far less busy, and you’ll be able to get in and get out more easily

2. On the top level of the Vail Village Parking Structure

3. West Haven Circle at the Cascade Lift

Ride Share Options

Front Range Vanpool Program – Save $10 on daily parking

1. For any 15 person Vans owned by a company, not-for-profit, club, school or government entity. Must pre register make, model, and license plate number with Town of Vail. See for registration details. You can book an on line reservation 24 hours prior to arrival, and then print and bring your reservation receipt. We will hold your reservation until 11:00 a.m.

Upon entry to the structure, surrender reservation document to receive a $10 discount voucher. Upon exiting, present your $10.00 voucher for a reduced all day rate of $15.

2. Looking to save money on gas, meet new people, reduce traffic and pollution, have a safer trip, and win passes to your favorite resorts? com lets you create and search for carpools from any zip code in Colorado to any resort, including Vail!

Tips on How To Avoid Parking Tickets!

Please do not park where “No Parking” signs exist or outside of where parking is approved in an area like West Vail especially. We are legally obliged to ticket vehicles if they are parked in these areas—even when the garages are full and overflow parking is allowed on the frontage roads. Please refer to all the aforementioned information for good and legal parking strategy advice!