Bellyache Ridge

Bellyache Ridge is the most consistent of the Vail sites. It is a morning site that faces northeast to southeast and is usually flyable from 7:00 am to noon. This site offers perfect conditions for the beginner to advanced pilot. Early morning offers calm, smooth conditions for pilots just getting started to mid-day conditions and high altitude gains of 1,000 to 4,000 feet. This site is located 20 minutes west of Vail, and provides easy access with a paved road.

Primarily flown in the mornings before the winds shift and come 'over the back'. Watch out for the wind shift.

Radio Frequency

151.955 MHz


Follow Interstate 70 to Edwards exit 163 from either direction (east-west). Turn south from exit ramp, (right if east bound, left if west bound). Follow Edwards Access Road to the four corners of Edwards (street light). Take right (west) on highway 6 and 24. Follow highway 6 to trailer parks that split road approximately 0.6 miles. Take next right after trailer park onto Hillcrest Drive. Drive 200 yards to railroad tracks. Take immediate left after railroad tracks onto Red Canyon Estates Road. Follow road until it turns to dirt, follow dirt road until end (100 yards). This is the landing zone meeting area.

Both landing and launch are paved drive to locations. Bellyache is a P2 rated site and registered by the RMHPA. Visiting pilots and tandem passengers are urged to contact David Champaign at: or Greg Kelley at