Avon, Colorado

The Heart of the Vail Valley

avon, coBy 1972 Vail had become one of the top destination ski resorts in the country and pressure mounted “down valley” in Avon for ranch land to be developed. One branch of the Nottingham family sold its controlling interest in the land to Benchmark Companies and the Town of Avon was incorporated on February 24, 1978. The new town was comprised of the land in present day central and western Avon including the area that soon became Nottingham Park. Avon is 6.5 miles west of The Bunkhouse, and provides good nightlife, dining, and outdoor activities. It is home to the Harry A. Nottingham Park, which includes a lake, bike path, park, and pavilion; a year round cultural and entertainment venue for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, educational events, private functions and more.  


In the summer, the 48-acre Harry A. Nottingham Park offers fun for free. Just last summer the town opened the lake for public swimming! You can also fish in the lake, or just relax on the grass and bask in the sunshine. The park also offers

  • sand beach volleyball courts
  • walking/running path
  • skateboarding
  • cycling
  • paddle boats
  • stand up paddle boarding

For paddle boats and SUPs, there is a small fee at the concession hut on the south side of the lake. The town loves to celebrate the holidays with events such as Salute to the USA, the largest fireworks to display in the Colorado Rockies.  There is also an annual Easter Egg hunt, the Dunk-n-Dash race, a duathlon race series, and Lakeside Cinema, which offers free family movies in the park. Other Free Things to Do in the Vail Valley  

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