Vail was not always a ski resort and destination of travels from around the world. Vail used to be inhabited by Ute Indians before it was discovered by men who decided to explore the area in the mid-1800s. The men who traveled to what is now commonly known as Vail, did so primarily to hunt and climb the mountains to see what they could find.

When gold was first discovered in the Colorado area, miners and people associated with the mining industry flocked to Vail because there was a rumor that the mountains in the vicinity contained gold as well as sliver. The miners took over the area, which in turn forced all of the Indians away.

Once the miners had taken all they could in terms of gold and silver, they left the area, and it remained relatively void of people until almost 1940 when road access from the Denver area to Vail became easier.

The United States military began using the wilderness in the Vail Mountains as a training ground for its troops, and once World War II  was over, some of the military men who had trained there returned with the idea of turning Vail into a ski resort. In the 1960s, this vision became a reality. By 1970, Vail had become a popular ski area for people around the world. Now, Vail is a desired destination both in the winter for skiing, and in the summer for other types of outdoor activities and shopping