What is the Winter Vail Pass Recreation Fee?

Jenifer Blomquist

August 7, 2023

What is the Winter Vail Pass Recreation Fee?

The Vail Pass Recreation Fee is a US Forest Service fee charged for winter recreation in the Vail Pass Recreation area, including visits to Janet’s Cabin, Shrine Mountain Inn (Jay’s, Chuck’s, and Walter’s), Fowler-Hilliard Hut, and the Jackal Hut. 10th Mountain charges you the fee at the time you make your winter hut reservation. Unlike day-use visitors to the area who pay the fee per day, hut users are charged the fee per night. The fee applies to recreating on the land. It is not a parking fee – there are no parking fees at any of the hut trailheads. It does not matter which trailhead you use to access the huts in this area, or where you park your car. The fee is $10 per adult and children 15 and under are free.

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