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Vail Pass

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    Today the site of a rest area along Interstate 70, Vail Pass served for thousands of years as a high-elevation prehistoric camp.
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  • Vail Pass Recreation

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    Now Vail Pass is known largely as a recreation gateway, giving easy access to opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, and a variety of winter sports.
    Vail Pass Recreation
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References: 

John D. Gooding, The Archaeology of Vail Pass Camp: A Multi-Component Base Camp below Treelimit in the Southern Rockies, Highway Salvage Report 35 (Denver: Colorado Department of Highways, 1981).

William Philpott, Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013).

Additional Information: 

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area,” White River National Forest, US Forest Service.

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