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Just a short drive south from Tucson, outdoor beauty and adventure await. Welcome to Vail, gateway to the Arizona Trail, Colossal Cave, and a beautiful high desert landscape.

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Nestled below the towering Rincon Mountains, Vail has expansive views of the entire region. On a clear day, you can see all the mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson area. Sit for a spell to take in a spectacular sunset, then wonder at the fantastic, star-studded night sky.

Between the two railroad tracks that encompass the center of Vail, you’ll find the historic Old Vail Post Office. Established in 1908, the small adobe building was the center for government, communication and commerce for ranchers in the Vail area. Park your car out front and take a peek into Vail’s early beginnings.

Part of the Arizona Trail runs through Vail and has proved a favorite spot for bicyclists. You’ll need to do a bit of off-roading to get there, but the stunning views, active wildlife, and quiet atmosphere are well worth the bumpy trip.

Perhaps Vail’s biggest draw is Colossal Cave Mountain Park. As the name implies, the cave tours are grand. Take the regular tour, or if you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for one of the ladder tours, which explore more out-of-the-way areas. The neighboring La Posta Quemada Ranch also offers park visitors a variety of horse-related activities, from trail rides to miniature horse cart rides.

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Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce | PO Box 153 | Vail, AZ

County It all started How High? Head Count
Pima 3,235ft 10,208

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