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3 Vail area attractions (other than the ski mountain) that have received national recognition

October 17, 2015
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Sunbird Park in Lionshead
Recently Sunbird Park was named one of the World’s Coolest Playgrounds by TravelandLeisure.com. Sunbird Park was completed in December of 2013 and includes an interactive water feature, a climbing wall and artistic play structures. Vail's art in public places program helped spur the park to life, and says it used nest-like features to draw from Vail’s sense of place as a world-class ski destination as well as the surrounding natural habitats. Connecting the nests are custom-made ropes and bridges as well as slides, ladders and other climbers.

The mining bathrooms in Minturn
Designed using cutting-edge 3D printing, Minturn's brand new bathrooms at Eagle Park pay tribute to the town's mining history in a really cool way and were recently named one of the 10 best restrooms in country in the Cintas America's Best Restroom contest. The bathrooms are modeled after the passageway into a mine which a mine worker would have to experience on a daily basis in their work in mining towns like those near Vail and Minturn. On the Interstate 70 exit to get to Minturn, you'll see a sign for the National Mining Hall of Fame. To get there, you'll pass through Minturn, but you won't want to pass up a chance to see these bathrooms, located right off the town's main drag on Toledo Street. Which brings us to our next item ..

Highway 24
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Just one exit west of Vail on I-70, Highway 24 through Minturn has been recognized as one of those roads. Starting a few miles from Vail at I-70 and ending in historic Leadville, (the highest incorporated community in the U.S.), the route is called the "Top of the Rockies Tour" and crosses the Continental Divide twice. 


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