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Take a 360 tour of the park. Each photo allows you to see and feel the different areas of the park.

Go to  the bottom of the page - Select a Stone - for more detailed photos.

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Inscriptions at the Park

"Yesss Baby!!"
-John Thomas
1943-2011
"Trees are the answer"
-Trammell Crow
"I loved this place"
-Jaime Kelce
1957-2008
"I came I saw I bought. Let's play Hockey"
-Merv Lapin
1940-
"Ubi Fides Ibi Amor"
-Dean Canada
1942-2008
"Soars with the eagles; Sails in the wind"
-James Roupp
1952-1991
"Live your dream"
-Matthew 'Gus' Gustafson
1974-2008
"Mountains to Climb"
-Matthew Horton
1974-2006
"No worries mate"
-Graydon Silver
1960-1997
"He enjoyed the ride"
-Rick
Beswick
1942-2007
"Love you too"
-Donald Hagen
1945-2007
"You're the best"
-James Viele
1946-2009
"It's good to be silly"
-Kathleen Viele
1946-2007
"What the heart has once known it shall never forget
-Erich Windisch
1918-2007
"We Teach what we Live"
-Julia Kaemmer
1931-2007
"Eat, Drink, Talk, Have Fun"
-Robert 'Bob' Berger
1931-2005
"He was the Woods"
-Earl 'Bud' Kellar
1918-2008
"She was the Meadow
-Barbara Kellar
1921-2008
"The moguls are your Friends
-Walter Belleville
1927-2004
"Life is learning to dance in the rain"
-Mary Ellen Canniff
1943-2008
"Thanks for stopping by and saying hello"
-Carolyn Walker
1919-2009
"You are my Rock."
-Trent Cole
"Love and Memories live forever"
-John Welker
"Tis'I-The Happy Hiker"
-Julia Tyler
"We're home, Resting."
-Jim & Sharon Norwood
"Con Te Partiro"
-Gary Louis Post
July 4,1948-July 26, 2008
"Run, Hunt, Fetch, Rest in Paradise"
-Buck
"Life is an adventure"
-Robert Nels Martinson
1945-2013
"Music is like breathing"
-Arthur Jazz Anton

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About Us

Vail Memorial Park

  • It completes our life cycle as individuals and as a community.
  • It gives Vail a soul.
  • It provides a lasting remembrance of our loved ones.
  • It connects us to the next generation.
  • All who feel connected to Vail have a place here.
  • The Vail Memorial Park Foundation is a 501c.13 nonprofit nonsectarian foundation.

Park Background

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Pet Memorials

Honor and remember your pet and the times you spent together in Vail.  Our custom pet park allows you to have a special reminder of your beloved pet.

Park Background

The Vail Memorial Park is unique in many ways. The 11 acres of land is leased from the Town of Vail for 99 years. The proximity to Grore Creek and the mountain environment creates seasonal changes in different areas of the park. Water during the spring melt flows under the two bridges near the entrance to the memorials. The area serves as a flood mitigation for Vail Vaillage and encourages growth of wetland species of plants. The stone memorials are positioned above the high water mark.

Animals live in and around the park so you may encounter small holes in the ground or other evidence of animal life. The park is situated in such a way that with in its boundaries you have a creek, spruce, pine and willows along the bank and water channels; this transitions into sage covered semi arid track of land, back into a mountain meadow with native grasses and wild flowers and ends up against the hillside with a forest mix of Aspen, Pine and Spruce and a few Cottonwoods. Each species has a different life span and serves a natural purpose. While we work diligently to preserve the natural quality of the park and annually have the pine trees within the boundaries sprayed for the pine beetle; we realize that there are cycles in nature and that this park will be here long after we are gone and many of these trees that are small will be 80’ tall providing more of the natural rhythm. As well we strive to remove the thistle from the meadow and encourage wild flowers and the distribution of them. This is not to say that you may encounter a thistle now and then as you would in a mountain meadow anywhere.

The stones that make up the memorial wall and the boulders surrounding it have been specially selected because of their qualities, very hard fine grained stones. They are intended to hold an inscription much longer than local softer more porous sandstone. As each individual person memorialized in the park is unique, so is each stone. The size, shape, discolorations, cracks and sharp corners lend each rock a specific personality. 

Each stone has its own properties, some surfaces are more suitable to engrave than others. Please be assured that every effort is made to provide the best inscription possible, taking into account the different qualities of each stone. As technolgy becomes available to enhance the inscription process, Vail Memorial Park will certainly take advantage of it, to provide a quality service to those memorialize in the park and their loved ones. Part of the endowment fund is set aside to maintain the inscriptions and ‘touch up’ throughout the years as may be required.


The park has been designed to embrace the natural surroundings and provide a resting place that is in pace with nature around it. Getting to the park in the winter and spring will require snow shoes, cross country skis and an intrepid spirit. The park is not plowed or shoveled in the winter months. While each snow season is different, usually from the first of December until late April the park will have snow on the ground and around the memorials. This does not preclude visits in the winter months. Loved ones have been known to take the day and snowshoe out along the recreation path or take the groomed cross country ski tracks east from the golf course to visit the site, clean off the snow surrounding their memorial and have a service.

The park is open space for many to enjoy in a respectful way. There is a running/hiking/biking trail along the hillside and the open meadow is meant to be enjoyed by every one, walking paths are designed to allow visitor so see different parts of the park, to utilize the meadow  access to view the variety of flowers, wild life and scenery.

During the summer months you may see mountain bikers resting in the memorial gathering space, people doing morning stretches, or families gathering for picnics. Fox, bear and a variety of small critters have been seen in the park as well as mountain goats on the cliff band directly above the park. Young fawns and bobcat have been spotted in recent years.

Refunds. It is the policy of the Vail Memorial Park board that all sales are final and no refunds or re-sale of memorials is allowed. You may donate your stone back to the VMP if you wish.

We encourage you to visit the park often throughout the changing seasons and embrace its uniqueness.

 
970 476 3400 | Post Office Box 6444 | Vail, Colorado 81658