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    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0850

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Communities

Eagle County is made up of many small communities, each as unique and diverse as the people who live there. The county has an incredible geographic diversity from lushly forested Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff to the spacious ranches of Eagle and Gypsum. Population numbers are from the 2010 Census. The Eagle County sales tax rate is 1.5 percent.   

Eagle County Towns

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Vail

Elevation: 8,150 feet; Permanent Population: 5,305

Vail
Vail’s lifestyle combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. Not only do residents enjoy bountiful recreational and cultural opportunities, they also take pride in a quality of life unique to active living at its best. Vail visitors and residents enjoy more than a thousand acres of open space, accounting for 30 percent of town-owned land. Vail is surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest crowned by more than 5,000 skiable acres on the largest ski mountain in North America. At the foot of the mountain, the Town of Vail is a community bathed in charm. With the nation’s largest free bus system, the town is filled with shops, restaurants and year-round activities in a pedestrian-friendly environment bustling with foot traffic.
Town of Vail
75 S. Frontage Road
Vail, CO 81657

Phone: 970-479-2100
Fax: 970-479-2157
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

www.vailgov.com  
Business license fees vary depending on type.
Town sales tax is 4 percent.

Avon

Elevation: 7,480; Permanent Population: 6,447

Avon Early English immigrants named the town Avon because the area reminded them of their homeland’s Avon River Valley…or so the story goes. The Town of Avon was incorporated in 1978 and continues to revere its ranching and agricultural heritage, and founding families while growing its reputation as the commercial hub in the heart of the valley. Avon offers big store and specialty shopping, housing, recreation, and lodging in all price ranges. Dramatic public sculptures – most in bronze – punctuate the mountain views in Avon.
Town of Avon:
400 Benchmark Road
P.O. Box 975
Avon, CO 81620

Phone: 970-748-4000
Fax:  970-949-9139
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

www.avon.org
Business registration fees are usually $75 annually.
Town sales tax is 4 percent.

Basalt

Elevation 6,591; Permanent Population: 3,857

Basalt Basalt is a quaint mountain community in southwestern Eagle County, located at the confluence of two Gold Medal trout streams; the Frying Pan and the Roaring Fork Rivers. The town was founded by the Midland Railroad in 1887 and much of the historic architecture still stands. Basalt is a town where many residents and visitors travel on connecting walkways and trails, and fish year-round. It is a vibrant and diverse community offering a wealth of recreational opportunities. Basalt maintains small-town feel while providing a wide variety of dining and shopping options.

Town of Basalt
101 Midland Ave.
Basalt, CO 81621
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

Phone:  970-927-4701
Fax:  970-927-4703

www.basalt.net

Business license fees: $10 - 35
Town sales tax: 3 percent

Eagle

Elevation: 6,605; Permanent Population: 6,508 

Eagle Historic Eagle, the county seat, is the essence of Americana. Named after the Eagle River, Eagle is an original compact city with a traditional main street lined with shops and cafes. Some of the county’s most beautiful ranches surround the town while scenic Brush Creek stretches south to public recreation areas. New rises next to historic in Eagle from the town hall and Eagle Ranch to sparkling swimming pool and ice rink.

Town of Eagle
200 Broadway
P.O. Box 609
Eagle, CO 81631
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

Phone:  970-328-6354
Fax:  970-328-5203

www.townofeagle.org

Business license fee: $50
Contractor license fee: $100
Town sales tax: 4 percent

Gypsum

Elevation: 6,334 feet; Permanent Population: 6,477   

Gypsum Incorporated in 1911, the Town of Gypsum enjoys enormous local popularity due largely to its mild climate, decidedly western flavor and hometown feel. Residents claim you can fly fish out the front door and meet at least ten friends in every trip to the post office or grocery store. Longtime locals and newcomers enjoy the convenience of nearby Eagle County Regional Airport and its quick connection to cities all over the globe.

Town of Gypsum
50 Lundgren Blvd
P.O. Box 130
Gypsum, CO 81637
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

Phone: 970-524-7514
Fax: 970-524-7522

www.townofgypsum.com

Business license fees range from $20 to $50 based on number of employees.
Renewals range from $10 to $25.
Town sales tax: 4 percent (will drop to 3 percent June 1, 2014)

Minturn 

Elevation: 7,900; Permanent Population: 1,027   

Minturn Minturn burst to life during Eagle County’s mining boom in the late 1800s and was an essential railroad division point. Located just around the corner from Vail and on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, Minturn is an old and friendly town with old time values. Families still play in their yards and shop on a traditional main street. A new town center, fire station and other development stand amid historic homes and modern amenities. This small, resilient town has every intention of staying small and offers the best of every season.

Town of Minturn
303 Boulder Street
P.O. Box 309
Minturn, CO 81645

Phone:  970-827-5645
Fax:     970-827-5545
8 am - 5 pm (M-F)

www.minturn.org

Business license fee generally $120 annually; $36 for home-based.
Town sales tax: 4 percent 

Red Cliff 

Elevation: 8,600; Permanent Population: 267  

Red Cliff

The oldest town in the county and the first county seat, Red Cliff is made up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. At nearly 9,000 feet above sea level, Red Cliff boomed at the turn of the century as a mining town with saloons, a bank, sawmills and even an opera house. Today it is a quaint mountain community that continues to attract rugged individualists from business entrepreneurs to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and fantastic wildflower viewing. From Red Cliff you get close-up views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and the surrounding White River National Forest.

Town of Red Cliff
400 Pine
P.O. Box 40
Red Cliff, CO 81649
9 am - 3 pm (MWF)

Phone:  970-827-5303
Fax:      970-827-5300

www.townofredcliff.org  

Business license fee generally $36 annually
Town sales tax: 3 percent

Unincorporated Eagle County

Population: 22,309
 
There are other well-established communities in unincorporated Eagle County. Each offers its own distinct flavor, with high-quality services provided by Eagle County Government. 

Eagle-Vail

EagleVail
Elevation: 7,500; Estimated Permanent Population: 2,944
EagleVail is a diverse residential community midway between Vail and Beaver Creek. It is home to many year-round residents and second home owners.

 

Edwards Edwards
Elevation: 7,226; Estimated Permanent Population: 9,507
With its thriving business and shopping complexes, Edwards is a magnet that draws folks down valley who want to be part of the wide open spaces, warmer climates and its growing community spirit. A unique Eagle County partnership with the private and education sectors brought the vibrant mountain neighborhood of Miller Ranch to Edwards in 2006. Miller Ranch Deed Restrictions and Housing Guidelines secure much-needed local workforce housing.

El Jebel
Elevation: 6,480; Estimated Permanent Population: 3,810
El Jebel is a growing residential community near Basalt in the southwestern corner of the county. Its location in the Roaring Fork Valley along the Frying Pan River provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  

Other Communities

Hundreds more county residents live in the unincorporated areas of Dotsero and Wolcott and in the Colorado River communities of McCoy, State Bridge, Burns and Bond.   

Neighboring Counties

Lake County 
505 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461

719-486-1410
www.lakecountyco.com  

 

Pitkin County 
530 E. Main, 3rd Fl.
Aspen, CO 81611

970-920-5200
www.aspenpitkin.com  

  Grand County
308 Byers Ave.
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

970-725-3347
http://www.co.grand.co.us/

Summit County
208 E. Lincoln, Box 68
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone: 970-453-2561
www.co.summit.co.us

 

Garfield County 
109 8th St. #200
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Phone: 970-945-1377
www.garfield-county.com

  Routt County
P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

970-879-0108
www.co.routt.co.us/