Area Information


Upper Eagle County was first settled in the early 1880s. Prospectors hoped to find gold and silver, but the Eagle River Valley’s agricultural potential proved to be more valuable.

William Edwards surveyed and laid claim to 156 acres on the Eagle River at the mouth of Brush Creek, becoming the first person to live in present-day Eagle. He established the town of Castle, named for a post office at the mouth of the creek.

In 1887, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad extended its line through the valley. Before long, businesses began to flourish. People from all over flocked to the area, settling ranches, farming, raising horses and livestock.

Despite its growing prosperity, the town was sold for taxes twice in the early-to-mid 1890s. The town was known briefly as McDonald before its permanent designation of “Eagle” was chosen in 1896. Eagle was incorporated in 1905, and it became the county seat 16 years later.

Eagle enjoys more than 290 days of sunshine each year. The average temperature in January is 35 degrees. The average high in July is 85 degrees. We receive 10-12 inches of snow per month from December through April. Average rainfall is two inches from May through July.


The Eagle County School district offers nine elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an alternative high school. There are four universities & three community colleges within 100 miles of Eagle.

Our residents are served by Eagle Healthcare Center and the Eagle Public Library. Eagle County Regional Airport is just five miles from town. ECO Transit also provides transportation to Vail, Gypsum and other neighboring communities.

Of course, our area is best known for alpine adventures. A massive amount of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts make the journey to Vail Ski Resort each year. Whether one is new to the slopes or a seasoned veteran, this 5,289-acre mountain destination has something for everybody.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort boasts the softest terrain in all of North America. Athletes and spectators descend upon Beaver Mountain every year for the Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup. This powder-packed resort isn’t just for the pros, however. Groomers work tirelessly each day to make sure the mountain is in pristine condition for all levels of skier to enjoy.

The Eagle Pool & Ice Rink provides year-round entertainment. During the summer months, the aquatics area offers a 6-lane lap pool, 150-ft water slide, diving board, vortex pool, umbrella spray feature and a zero-depth play area for children. Tennis courts and a bike park are also available. An NHL-size ice rink is open in fall and winter.

Numerous community events are held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle River Center and Eagle Town Park. Locals also frequent the Capitol Movie Theater, Eagle Ranch Fitness Club, Back Bowl Bowling Alley and Eagle Ranch Golf Course.

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