Because of the natural beauty, clean water and air, the low crime rate and modern technology, Eagle County is one of the fastest growing regions in Colorado.
Only 30 years ago, the primary industry in Eagle County was agriculture. Today, 82 percent of the land is comprised of National Forest, United States Forest Service Wilderness area, Bureau of Land Management open space, and Colorado public land, preserving the rural integrity of the county. At the same time, residents capitalize on technological advances, such as facsimiles, modems, laptop computers, home computers and more - many businesses are being conducted successfully from someone's mountain home.
The sun almost always shines on Colorado, even while snow blankets the highest peaks and ski slopes. In addition to some of the best alpine skiing in the world, nordic skiing is also popular at Beaver Creek Resort's mountain-top McCoy Park, the Vail Golf Course Nordic Center and in the backcountry.
Nottingham Lake offers a large, outdoor ice skating rink in Avon. Other ice skating opportunities include Dobson Indoor Ice Arena in Vail, and smaller outdoor rinks in Vail, Eagle Vail, and Beaver Creek Resort.
Summer recreational opportunities in Eagle County actually outnumber winter activities: hiking trails, mountain biking trails, paved public bicycling paths, Gold Medal trout streams, kayaking and white water rafting are abundant.
There are nine golf courses in the county. Public tennis courts are popular in Avon's Nottingham Park, and at Vail's Ford Park, Golden Peak and Eagle Vail.
A large elk and deer population in Eagle County make it a popular destination for big game hunters in the fall. Bow and arrow, muzzle-loading and regular rifle seasons begin as early as September and continue through November. The Eagle's Nest, Holy Cross and Flat Tops wilderness areas provide countless outdoor recreational opportunities. For more information on mountain trails and campsites, contact the Forest Service at (970) 328-6388 or (970) 827-5715.
The 10th Mountain Trail Division hut system dots the backcountry with comfortable havens popular with cross country skiers in winter and hikers and bikers in the summer.
There are four public libraries throughout the county. For further information, call the Eagle Valley Library District at (970) 328-8800 or (970) 949-6797, or the Vail Public Library at (970) 479-2183.
Residents are committed to maintaining the environment and support incentive programs for clean-burning fireplaces, a countryside recycling program and the preservation of a sensitive wildlife habitat. For residential recycling information, call (970) 476-3737; for commercial recycling, call (970) 476-8633. There are recycling stations throughout the county.
Most major religions are represented in the county - there are more than 25 churches and chapels.