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East Vail Waterfall

by Bergen Tjossem


Photo by Todd Winslow Pierce

















Sustaining Council Level Underwriters:

The Borgen Family


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In March 2001, the Town of Vail and the Eagle Valley Land Trust completed a $600,000 transaction to purchase the 4.8-acre parcel at the base of the East Vail Waterfall and protect it with a permanent conservation easement. The Town of Vail contributed $310,000 toward this effort and the balance was raised by the Land Trust from friends and neighbors in the area. Major donors included William and Tana Stewart, Claudia Dulude and Dalton Sim. The East Vail Waterfall is a well-known landmark as well as a popular spot for summer hiking and winter ice climbing.

The East Vail Waterfall is a well-known landmark–a greeter welcoming people as they descend Vail Pass and enter the town. In the early 1960’s, this 4.8 acres were zoned for residential development. Over the years however, the feasibility of construction was questioned, due to the potential of avalanche and rock fall. Without construction the waterfall has become a popular site for ice climbers. The site provides habitat for migratory and resident birds and serves as occasional summer range for mule deer, fox, great horned owl, porcupine and black bear.

In summer 2000, the Eagle Valley Land Trust was approached with the opportunity to purchase the parcel for $600,000. The Town of Vail agreed to pay half the purchase price, with the remainder raised through private donations. Thanks to several major gifts and contributions from many East Vail neighbors, the campaign was a success. In March 2001, the land was deeded to the Town, with the Trust retaining a conservation easement on the entire property.

Read more about our Vail Conservation Easements in board member Kent Erickson’s Trust Our Land column.