The oldest town in Eagle County, Red Cliff boomed at the turn of the century as a mining town with saloons, a bank, sawmills, and even an opera house. The town was mapped and patented by the U.S. government in 1883. Today, it is a quaint mountain community that continues to attract rugged individualists including entrepreneurs, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts. Residents and visitors can enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking with fantastic wildflower viewing, all within and around Red Cliff. From Red Cliff, you get close-up views of and easy access to Mount of the Holy Cross and the surrounding White River National Forest.
Red Cliff is located off of the Colorado Scenic Byway, Highway 24, just 16 miles (under 30 min) from the center of Vail. The Town of Red Cliff is also accessible via Vail Pass off of I-70 and over Shrine Pass.