For all of the countless times you have traveled interstate 70, the chances are you have never stopped to enjoy I-70's best rest area.

And while Stephens Park in Vail may not qualify technically or officially as a rest area, but in my book, it meets all the criteria and then some. Restrooms, picnic tables, a play area,  a place to stretch your legs...this sure sounds like a rest area to me.

In addition to a nice covered gazebo - equipped with a bbq grill, there is a big grassy area for kids to run and play, and even a couple of disc golf baskets.

Traveling with your dog? Stephens Park offers a nice little trail to help give your pet a little exercise, and doggie cleanup necessities are provided.

Kids getting antsy mile after mile? There is a great looking playground for the kids to expel some of that extra energy they have been using to annoy the heck out of you.

The river runs close with a cool bridge across the water. With all of the greenery around, it's a gorgeous setting. On top of it all, you are literally just a stone's throw off the interstate, so it's a great little stop to break up the trip.

No, it's not actually a rest area, but it might as well be, and it is extremely nice. You probably just never knew about it.

If you want to check out Stephens Park next time you're traveling the mountain corridor to see what you've been missing, take the West Vail exit and go west on the frontage road until you come to Stephens Park on the left, shortly before the frontage road ends.

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