Minturn resides at the confluence of the Eagle River and Gore Creek, at an equal distance to both Vail and Beaver Creek. From this semi-hidden town situated at 7,861 feet, you can be at two world-class ski resorts within minutes.
The charming downtown strip consists of several restaurants and shops housed in historic buildings. It also makes a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of Vail, with more affordable lodging too. In 2020, the U.S. Census recorded a town population of 1,033 in this Eagle County town.
In the late 1800s, several families settled at the intersection of the Eagle River and Gore Creek. Some mined for silver nearby while others set up homesteads. Soon after, Minturn was established as a railroad town along the Rio Grande line when it was built through the town.
Minturn became known as a crossroads hub for the alpine railroad system. Many workers from all around the United States chose to settle in Minturn, making it a booming town in Eagle County.
Officially incorporated in 1904, Minturn was named after the Vice President of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad that founded the town, Robert Bowne Minturn Junior. Today the economy is mostly based on tourism, with the most popular event being the Minturn Farmers Market.
Downtown Minturn – Located on US-24, the downtown strip of Minturn is full of quaint shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect place for a stroll along its rushing river. Stop by the historic Minturn Saloon for a beer and burger.
Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway – This 82-mile high-elevation route winds through national forests, charming mountain towns, two famous 14ers, and historical points of interest. It passes right through Minturn, and typically takes about 3 hours to drive, not including stops.
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Biking – Minturn Bike Park is a popular spot to ride in town. There are multiple jumps, a pump track, and several other features that make this park noteworthy among the Vail Valley biking community.
- There are a few dispersed camping opportunities south of town near Red Cliff within the White River National Forest, including near the Half Moon trailhead and Hornsliver Campground.
- The closest RV campground is north in Vail at Gore Creek. The grounds include 16 back-in sites as well as 8 walk-in tent sites and 4 accessible bathrooms for visitors.
- Read about the camping near Minturn and Vail.
- Eagle River has plenty of access points near Minturn, with ideal conditions for trout fishing.
- Minturn Anglers is a popular local outfitter in town. They lead guided trips on all of the major waterways in Colorado and offer gear and guidance for anyone from beginners to fishing experts.
- There are plenty of scenic, wooded hiking trails within the White River National Forest. The Missouri Lakes Trailhead is located near Minturn, which is found within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area.
- Cross Creek trail totals 25.5 miles, but many people just wander on this gorgeous alpine trail for a few miles before turning around. Backcountry camping is allowed, and there is minimal elevation gain so it’s perfect for any level of hiker.
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Minturn Inn – 9 rustic rooms nestled into a restored log cabin right in the center of town. This B&B also features a complimentary hot breakfast, multiple communal sitting areas, and a fitness room.
The Bunkhouse – This boutique accommodation includes hostel-style bunkrooms as well as 4 private suites. They cater to backpackers, skiers, and any other traveler looking for a unique, community-oriented stay in Minturn.
Hotel Minturn – Just a few steps from restaurants and shopping, this contemporary hotel has a cozy room for all Minturn visitors. There are kitchenettes in each room, as well as a breakfast nook and plush linens on the bed.
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Minturn Saloon – Historic saloon and restaurant nestled on the edge of the Eagle River. This is a must-stop restaurant in town, and don’t forget to grab a signature Minturn Mule.
Rocky Mountain Taco – This modern taco eatery has a menu full of dishes made with quality ingredients. The atmosphere is lively and the service is friendly, so you can’t really go wrong.
Sunrise Minturn – Local coffee shop with unique decor and great coffee. Their menu also includes several hearty breakfast options and smoothies.
Jul – Independence Day Celebration – A full day of fun at Little Beach Park. Festivities include a kid’s bike parade, a bounce house, face painting, live music, and even a mechanical bull.
Jul – Aug – Minturn Summer Concert Series – Little Beach Park hosts a night of live music performances each Thursday during the summer months.
Jul-Sep – Minturn Market – Weekly Saturday farmers market held from early July to September, featuring farm-fresh produce, as well as handmade arts and crafts. This is a very popular event that draws thousands of visitors each summer.
Oct – Minturn Hometown Throwdown – An all-day event held on the first Saturday of October. The day features multiple live music performances at a variety of venues around town.
Oct – Minturn Halloween – Head to Town Hall for family-friendly trick-or-treating and photo opportunities with spooky characters.
Dec – Town Tree Lighting – Classic small-town community tree lighting event. Get in the holiday spirit with free hot cocoa, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, caroling, and more.
Dec – Christmas Tree Bonfire – Wind down the holiday season with a huge bonfire and warm drinks with your neighbors at this local favorite event.
Activities near Minturn
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing:
- Camp Hale (14mi)
- Eagle River
- Holy Cross Wilderness Area
- Sawatch Mountain Range
- White River National Forest
- Gilman (5mi)
- Red Cliff Bridge (8mi)
- Beaver Creek Ski Resort (7mi)
- Copper Mountain Ski Resort (27mi)
- Ski Cooper (21mi)
- Vail Ski Resort (7mi)
- Avon (6mi)
- Beaver Creek (8mi)
- Breckenridge (44mi)
- Copper Mountain (24mi)
- Dillon (38mi)
- Dotsero (39mi)
- Eagle (27mi)
- Edwards (11mi)
- Frisco (32mi)
- Gypsum (34mi)
- Keystone (46mi)
- Leadville (30mi)
- Red Cliff (8mi)
- Silverthorne (37mi)
- Vail (6mi)
- Wolcott (17mi)
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