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Where to Go for Care

Emily Tamberino

Distinguishing between primary, urgent and emergency care can make all the difference

Stuff happens. When you or someone you love experiences an illness or injury, it’s sometimes hard to know where to go for medical care. The goal is to find the right level of care, at the right time and at the right cost.

Primary care is typically the least expensive option for medical care. Colorado Mountain Medical’s primary care providers are Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA). They are trained in the comprehensive healthcare of patients of all ages. If you are sick or injured and are able to wait for an open appointment, it could save you money. Same-day appointments are typically available, but can fill up quickly. Primary care providers treat altitude sickness; respiratory and urinary tract infections; minor fractures, strains and sprains; minor cuts and burns; stomach illness and dehydration; cough, cold, flu, COVID and upper respiratory infections; and more.

With locations in Vail, Avon, Eagle and Dillon, appointments for primary care can be scheduled online at or by calling Colorado Mountain Medical at (970) 926-6340.

If your healthcare need is immediate, urgent care is a walk-in service and is more affordable than the Emergency Department. Urgent care providers are MDs, DOs, NPs and PAs who specialize in urgent/emergent injuries and illnesses. Patients are seen based on the severity of the illness or injury, not on the time they arrived. Urgent cares treat abdominal pain; allergies and allergic reactions; back pain; broken bones, fractures, dislocations and sprains; cough, cold, flu, COVID, upper respiratory infection, sore throat and strep throat; minor burns, rashes, cuts and lacerations; upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea; urinary tract infections and more.

With locations in Vail, Avon, Eagle and Dillon, walk-ins are encouraged or appointments can be scheduled online at or by calling Colorado Mountain Medical at (970) 926-6340.

Vail Health Hospital East Wing Tower, Floor 5
180 South Frontage Road West, Suite 5800
Vail, CO 81657

Buck Creek Medical Plaza
50 Buck Creek Road, Suite 100
Avon, CO 81620

Eagle Healthcare Center
0377 Sylvan Lake Road, Suite 120
Eagle, CO 81631

Dillon Health Center
365 Dillon Ridge Road, Suite 1200
Dillon, CO 80435

Life-threatening emergencies should be treated in an Emergency Department. Vail Health’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a Level III Trauma Center staffed by board-certified physicians. Emergency trauma care is available to infants, pediatrics, adolescents and adults of all ages. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department if you are experiencing chest pain; numbness in your limbs or face; difficulty breathing or speaking; head trauma; severe bleeding; severe injury; loss of vision; or confusion/sudden unexplained loss of consciousness. For emergency care, call 9-1-1 or visit 180 South Frontage Road West, Vail, CO 81657.

Knowing where to go for medical care before you need it will save critical time and dollars, and it could save your life. More information at