If you’re looking for things to do in Vail, you’ve come to the right place. There is no shortage of great activities: whether you’re looking for something more adventurous, or would rather spend your time relaxing, there are many fantastic options. But, let’s stop talking about it all, and just jump right in. Here are our favorite things to do in Vail, by category:
For the More Adventurous
If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors, the Vail Valley is the place for you. In the winter, there is skiing and boarding, of course, but even in the spring, summer, and fall, Vail Mountain is an adventurous place.
Hiking: Vail is backed right up to White River National Forest, which means there are more trails and hikes than you can even imagine. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Deluge Lakes: This is a tough trail, as it rises 2,300 feet in just 2 miles. But, the view is absolutely worth it. You’ll reach an isolated mountain lake, high above the valley. With expansive views of Grand Traverse Peak, you can sit and watch the pristine water in solitude.
- Mount of the Holy Cross: This hike isn’t for the faint of heart. As one of Colorado’s 14’rs, Mount of the Holy Cross tops out a 14,005 feet. It’s one of the more difficult 14’rs, and you need to plan ahead and camp for the night along the way. But, the summit is well worth the effort. Be well-prepared, as hiking these massive peaks can be very dangerous – only hike if you are fully prepared, and confident in your route and skills.
- Gore Lake & Red-Buffalo Pass: On this hike, you’ll walk through aspen fields, and meadows filled with wildflowers. At the 4-mile mark, you can either head toward Gore Lake, or hike to Red-Buffalo Pass.
There are countless hikes in the Vail Valley – you can even get a gondola ride up Vail Mountain, and hike down, for an easier day with awesome views.
Fishing: Vail is well-known and loved for its great fishing. If you’re visiting, and don’t have your gear, there are many wonderful fishing shops in the area where you can rent a pole and all the gear you need. One of the best places to fish is in Gore Creek – which is right in the heart of Vail. It offers some incredible fishing, and is only minutes away from your accommodations in Vail.
Ziplining & More: Vail is also known for more extreme adventure. If you’re looking to soar above the mountains on a zipline, there are many great zipline adventures offered in the area. Or, head up Vail Mountain to Adventure Ridge, where you can ride mountain coasters, try your hand at mini-golf, or go tubing in the summer.
For Those Who Want to Relax
If you’re looking to relax while you’re in Vail, you’ve found the perfect place to unwind. There are many great restaurants and breweries where you can sit outside and enjoy the weather while sipping a glass of wine, or a cold beer. Or, you can head to one of the award-winning spas in the valley for a relaxing massage.
Places to Dine: Vail has countless restaurants and breweries. Pick one of the many options in Vail itself, or head to Beaver Creek for a night out. Another great option, is to take a food or brewery tour. On this guided tour, you’ll head from restaurant to restaurant, or brewery to brewery, trying the food and beverages, and learning a bit about Vail along the way.
Spend a Day at the Spa: There are many luxurious spas in Vail and Beaver Creek. We’ve written about the best options in the past, so you can decide where to go, and the best way to pamper yourself.
Many Things to Do in Vail: Enjoy Colorado
Regardless of what you do during your stay in Vail, take a moment to stop and breathe in the beauty of the area. Colorado truly is a special place: The mountain air is clear, and there’s a freshness to the air that we often take for granted. If you decide to be more adventurous and hike or fish, or decide to tour the breweries after getting a massage, there’s plenty of options and things to do in Vail.