The Vail Valley is a beautiful place. And, it’s not just pretty to look: It’s brimming with trails and hiking for all levels. Summer in Colorado is striking. As you weave your way through the mountains, and see majestic views topped with a strikingly blue sky, you feel as if you are actually enjoying the mountains and the beauty to its fullest. If you’re new to the area, you may not know where to start. Here are a few of our favorite places, as well as what you should bring for a day of hiking in Vail.
A Few of Our Favorite Hikes
There are many different hikes to choose from in the Vail area. These are a few of our favorites:
- Booth Falls Trail: This trail is kid friendly, and is rated as a moderate hike. During the 3.9-mile hike, you will see a beautiful waterfall (hike about 4 miles farther, and you’ll reach a lake). The trailhead is conveniently located less than 2 miles from East Vail.
- Missouri Lakes Trail: This trail is 4.4 miles long, weaving through a breathtaking canyon, through conifer stands, and emerging in a meadow. At the end of the hike, you’ll find the Missouri Lakes (note: The trail is closing from August 15-22nd for bridge maintenance).
- Vail Mountain: Most visitors in the winter ski the slopes of Vail Mountain. And, in the summer, it offers many incredible trails for hiking in Vail. These include Berrypicker, Eagle’s Loop, Kinnickinnick, and many more. ReadVail’s weekly trail update to learn more.
Hiking in Vail: What to Bring On Your Hike
When you’re hiking in Vail, it’s important to pack the right items to stay safe, hydrated, and energized. Here are a few things we suggest brining for a day hike in the Vail/Beaver Creek area.
- Sturdy Shoes for Hiking (no flip-flops!)
- Comfortable Clothing for Hiking (avoid cotton items, as these can chafe. Instead, opt for sport clothing that will wick away moisture)
- Light Jacket (Colorado can get chilly as you go up in elevation. Bring a light jacket to keep you warm)
- Rain Jacket (bring something that will protect you in case of rain showers)
- Hat or Bandana (if you find a mountain stream, you can dip your headwear in for a quick cooldown!)
- Plenty of Water (you need to stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness)
- Food (protein bars, peanut butter sandwiches, etc.)
Hiking in Vail: Stay Safe and Enjoy Colorado
The hiking in Vail and Beaver Creek area is absolutely stunning. Whether you choose to do a long or short hike, be sure to take lots of pictures, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Colorado Rocky Mountains!