“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Lyndon Johnson

Art is an important part of our lives. Unfortunately, it is often taken for granted. It’s important to pause and reflect on the beauty of the world around us – in nature, and in the creativity of the people who live in this world. What better place to pause and reflect and enjoy art than in the beautiful mountains of Vail, Colorado? Get your weekend planned, and attend the Vail Art Festival. Here are a few highlights of this 3-day event:

Overview of the Vail Arts Festival

The Vail Arts Festival is a three-day celebration of art. Held outdoors in the natural beauty of the mountains, you can interact with artists and see their creative process first-hand. This festival is well-loved – this year, over 15,000 are estimated to attend!

  • Over 80 Artists from 22 States
  • 13 Different Mediums

Walk through the festival, and see art ranging from jewelry, sculpture, metal works, mixed media, ceramics, photography, print-making, wood, fiber, glass, graphics, drawing, photography, and much more.

Schedule and Main Attractions – June 23-25th

The Vail Arts Festival will take place on the following days at Lionshead/Arrabelle at Vail Square:

  • Friday and Saturday: 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 4pm

The festival is free to attend. Simply walk around the booths and enjoy the art. You are able to see many emerging artists at this event, while also viewing some established artist’s work. If you have kids, go to the Kids Creative Kingdom, where your children can create their own masterpieces and memories.

Plan a Weekend in Vail and Attend the Festival

While you may not want to spend the entire weekend at the Vail Arts Festival, planning your trip in conjunction with other activities is a great way to spend the weekend. There are countless activities to enjoy in Vail and Beaver Creek, and summer is in full swing. Book your accommodations today!

Summer is in full swing, and it feels great. Kids are out of school, and the weather is perfect. Nothing beats a bluebird summer day in Vail or Beaver Creek. Many people are filled with the need to get out and adventure at this point of the year: Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in Vail this summer.

1. Go On a Hike

One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer is to go on a hike. There are many great hikes in the Vail and Beaver Creek areas, and many of them are short and simple, making them great for kids.  One of our favorites is Sylvan Lake. This hike is only 1.5 miles (roundtrip), and it’s mostly flat. But, you get to see a beautiful lake, and cross bridges, making it fun for kids of all ages. Here are some additional kid-friendly hikes your family is sure to enjoy.

2. Go On a Horseback Ride

If you’d rather not lace up those tennis shoes and hike, go on a horseback ride instead. Parents will love this, because they’ll be able to see more countryside than on a hike, and kids will love it because – who doesn’t love riding a horse? There are many great companies offering horseback riding, including Bearcat Stables and Beaver Creek Stables. Both have many great packages and options everyone in your family will enjoy.

3. Go On a 4×4 Trip

If you have kids who are a bit older, then consider going on a 4×4 trip. Above and Beyond 4×4 Guides offers many fun and exciting off-road trips each and every one in your family will love. There are many different vehicles to choose from for your adventure. You’ll enjoy 2 ½ hours of fun exploring the Castle Peak Wilderness Area, including Blue Lake, as you explore different mountain ranges and catch glimpses of wildlife in the gorgeous fields of wildflowers. You’ll experience the Vail Valley like never before!

4. Head to Epic Discovery

Vail Mountain isn’t fun just during the winter. In the summer, you’ll find Epic Discovery – a park filled with fun, adventurous activities. There are ziplines, adventure courses, a mountain coaster, summer tubing, bungee trampoline, discovery center, disc golf, and much more. Plus, you get to take a scenic ride up the gondola to get there – which is fun for kids and adults. You’ll get gorgeous views of the valley, and the kids will be able to run off some energy.

5. Learn at Imagination Station

Learn at the Imagination Station – located at the Vail Rec Center, your kids can enjoy a fun play space, with a Play Wall, hyperbolic funnel (to learn about planetary motion), builder boards, a light table, and much more. The Imagination Station is open Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm. Let the kids learn, and enjoy an afternoon indoors if it’s raining, or you need a break from the Colorado sun!

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Vail: Enjoy Colorado

There are so many things you can do with kids in Colorado that we haven’t listed, including indoor ice-skating in the summer, hot air balloon rides, swimming, cave-exploring, and much more. Simply being in the area is a blast for everyone in the family. Plan your trip and book your accommodations today!

The summer is a busy season in Vail and Beaver Creek: There are many fun and exciting events to attend. Here’s the lineup of some of the best shows and art series that are coming to Vail and Beaver Creek the summer of 2017, so you can plan your summer schedule!

Music Events in the Vail and Beaver Creek Area

Vail Jazz @ the Riverwalk

Vail Jazz @ the Riverwalk is a great way to hear great music, for free, throughout the entire summer. Meet at the Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater in Edwards on alternating Fridays at 6pm (the next one is on June 9th).

Cover Rock Festival

On the weekend of June 23rd, the valley will come alive with a fantastic musical festival – Cover Rock Festival. Two great tribute bands will perform music from The Beatles, The Kink, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (with a laser light show), Cream, and Queen. Head to the base of Beaver Creek to Avon’s beautiful Nottingham Park Friday and Saturday from 2pm-10pm.

Bravo! Vail

The 2017 season of Bravo! Vail looks like it will be truly inspiring. This year, four of the greatest orchestras in the world – the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the New York Philharmonic will perform some well-loved masterpieces. There are programs for everyone in the family. Be sure to check out the schedule – the season runs throughout the summer.

Art Events in the Vail and Beaver Creek Area

Vail Arts Festival

Join us as we celebrate art in all its forms at the Vail Art Festival. The weekend of June 23rd, this three-day festival will showcase every kind of art imaginable, including metal works, mixed media, digital art, fiber, drawing, print making, glass, ceramics, sculpture, painting, jewelry, and fashion. Learn more about celebrating this 33rd annual event.

Art in Public Places

Thrughout Vail, keep your eye peeled for art installations in public places. Many of the new art pieces (sculptures, paintings, and other installations) are interactive. Stroll through the village and around town to spot them. You’ll be sure to find them in Sunbird Park, the Tenth Mountain Division Memorial, and Pirate Ship Park (see all the locations here).

Vail and Beaver Creek: Music and Art for the Entire Summer

There are many things to enjoy during the beautiful summers in Vail and Beaver Creek. With countless music and art festivals to attend, and many other events you can enjoy, there is no excuse to be bored. Simply strolling through town is a wonderful way to spend your time.

When it comes to shopping while on vacation, there are usually many different preferences. While some people love to browse shops while on vacation, others shy away from spending any time indoors – especially in Colorado, when the weather is beautiful. Thankfully, Vail has some great shopping options for everyone in your family or group – including the ones who want to stay outside. Here’s an overview of shopping in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Shopping in Vail

Vail provides a unique shopping experience. Vail Village offers an outdoor shopping experience, allowing shoppers to find what they want, and others to take in the beauty of the outside world. There are countless items to find, ranging from souvenirs, gifts, furnishings, fine art, groceries, winter apparel, outdoor equipment,  hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, specialty gifts, shoes, and much more. And, sprinkled throughout the village are restaurants and breweries, so you can grab refreshments during your shopping excursion. Here are a few of our favorite shops in the area:

– Artful Sol

If you like contemporary art, Artful Sol is a great gallery to visit. Each piece of art is hand-selected, and up and coming new artists are often featured.

– Axel’s

Axel’s offers unique clothing, such as leather and shearling items, footwear from Europe, hand-tooled cowboy boots, and one-of-a-kind belt buckles.

– Perch

If you need some retail therapy, Perch is the spot for you. Lucky Magazine recently named it one of their favorite stores in Colorado. Despite being only a year old, it has made quite a splash in Vail. They carry contemporary women’s clothing, including brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vince, Rag & Bone, Theory, and much more. Find everything from denim to cashmere, casual to cocktail at this fun shop!

– Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

This one’s for the kids, and the children at heart. Stepping into Fuzziwig’s feels like you’re stepping into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There is every type of candy and chocolate your heart could ever desire. And, it it’s displayed in fun containers, making you feel like you’re on a movie set. Not feeling like candy? They also serve tasty ice cream!

– Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

This one’s for the guys and gals who love to fish: Gore Creek Fly Fisherman has everything a fisherman can dream of owning. And, they offer guided tours, and will gladly chat with you about the best spots. They carry the finest equipment and clothing, and their customer service is unparalleled. Stop by for a free casting clinic every day at 10:30am to get inspired and learn some new tricks!

– Mountain Tees

Going home without souvenirs after a trip to Colorado is just a shame: Be sure to get your t-shirts, shot glasses, or other memorabilia at Mountain Tees. Located in Vail Village, it’s a great place to stock up on all your Colorado memories, or bring back something for your loved ones who couldn’t join you on your trip.

Shopping in Vail: Fun for the Entire Family

Often, shopping isn’t a fun event for the entire family. But, in Vail, shopping is loads of fun for everyone in your group. Because of the outdoor shopping experience, even those who don’t love the thrill of shopping will enjoy strolling through the beautiful streets of our little mountain town. And, when you get hungry from your explorations, there are plenty of restaurants to stop and grab a bite to eat!

Food and memories go together. How many times have tasted something that transports you back in time to when you were a child? Or, back to a vacation where you tried a food for the first time? This isn’t just a coincidence, or intense deja-vu experience. It is an established scientific fact that memory and taste are linked. One study found a “functional link between the brain region responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste.”  In simple terms, this proves that it’s important to eat good, flavorful food when we travel. This will forge even stronger and more meaningful memories when you look back at your adventures. Thankfully, there are many great restaurants in Vail that will be a memorable experience for years to come. Here are the 5 best restaurants in Vail, according to the locals.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Vail to Visit During Your Vacation (according to the locals)

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to figure out where the locals eat. They are the ones who know where the really good spots are. Locals don’t go to the tourist traps. They don’t go to the overly-priced restaurants. Instead, they know where to find the best food for the best price. Here are the 5 best restaurants we’ve found over the years:

1. Yellowbelly

Yellowbelly is tucked away in a strip mall. This means that tourists aren’t likely to find it. It’s a local favorite that serves “fun, healthful & delicious food to our friends and families.” The best thing about Yellowbelly (besides the incredible flavor, of course) is that they use premier ingredients and source non-GMO and organic products when possible. This healthy fast food option is great after a day spent on the slopes – hiking or skiing, making it one of the best restaurants in Vail and the surrounding area.

2. La Bottega

La Bottega has been a local favorite since opening in 1997. Their name translates to “Celebrate life,” and their menu and atmosphere reflect this. They have great lunch and dinner offerings, with some of the favorites including the T.E.D. sandwich (Thanksgiving Every Day), subs, paninis (goat cheese and Portobello mushroom – who doesn’t want a bite of that?),  Truffle Gnocchi, Kobe “Wagyu” and Black Truffle Ravioli with Wild and Truffle Mushroom Sauce.

3. Boxcar Restaurant

This fantastic restaurant has great après-ski offerings, but without many people knowing about it. They’re best known for their “Modern Pub Cuisine.” Boxcar Restaurant uses the freshest seasonal ingredients that are perfect for sharing, or keeping all to yourself. Try the Buttermile Fried Chicken with Vadouvan Yogurt, Fried Kale, Harrisa Honey Glaze,  the Boxcar Popcorn (made with brewer’s yeast and sweet jalapeno), and finish up with Warm Blueberry Crisp with a Lemon Mascarpone Ice Cream. Their menu changes seasonally, which means you’ll always try something new, each time you visit.

4. Route 6 Café

This local spot has been in operation for 13 years. Well-known for serving breakfast all day, they recently expanded to better serve customers. Before their move, Route 6 Café used to be operated out of a gas station just down the street from their current location. They offer great pub fare, but also offer finer dining options. Try their Tuna Wonton (with avocado, sweet soy sauce, daikon sprouts, and spicy red chili sauce), the Route 6 Original Hot Wings, or their Buffalo Meat Loaf (made with Colorado buffalo meat). This is truly a place that the locals know.

5. Tacorico

While Tacorico isn’t technically located in Vail (it’s in Edwards, CO), it’s only a short distance from Vail itself. And, it’s well worth venturing out of town. This is a great spot for families, as they create fancy, made-to-order street tacos with supremely fresh ingredients that will fit everyone’s preferences. Choose from a wide array of ingredients to fashion your favorite taco. As well as offering delicious tacos, Tacorico makes tasty cocktails the adults will enjoy. Try the Ai Yi Yi Yi, wich I made with mescal, muddled pineapple, and cinnamon, or order the Jalapeno Situation, which is made with exotico blanco, prickly pear, and jalapeno. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed by this little gem!

Eat Good Food and Make Long-Lasting Memories

Don’t underestimate the importance of good food while you vacation. The tastes you experience will come flooding back when you recall your trip. These are our favorite restaurants in Vail (and Edwards). Do you have any you would add to the list?

Summer is a time for adventure. It’s a time for exploration. It’s a time to get out and enjoy this beautiful world with your family. The Colorado mountains are a great place to do this: the Vail Valley is bursting with adventure and relaxation. There are so many things to do that everyone in your family will enjoy. All you have to do is find a place to stay, and simply being in the area will result in a great vacation. Here is a breakdown of the options for summer lodging in Vail and Beaver Creek and the surrounding area.

Choose Where to Stay

When you stay in the Vail Valley, there are a few options on the area where you want to stay. This includes:

To choose the best option, you need to consider what kind of vacation you’re looking for. If you’re wanting to park your car once you get to your hotel, and walk to restaurants, then staying in Vail (preferably Vail Village) is the best option. But, if you are doing hikes in the area, and aren’t particular about where your accommodations are, then the other options are great.

Choose the Type of Accommodations

There are a few different types of accommodations you can choose from. This includes hotels, condos, and resorts and other lodging. Take a moment to browse our site, and explore all the options. Each one has benefits – it depends completely on what you’re looking for. Here are a few of our favorites – one from each type of lodging in the area.

– Vail Hotel: Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer

The Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer is a landmark of Vail. Founded in 1964, it embraces the European style that was created by its original Austrian owners, Pepi (a famous ski racer), and his wife, Sheika. The hotel is very comfortable, and will make you feel as if you are in a ski lodge in the Austrian alps.

– Beaver Creek Condo: Charter

Charter at Beaver Creek offers hotel rooms, but they also offer individually-owned 1-5 bedroom condos. This is a great choice for bigger families, or people traveling with a larger group. Staying in a condominium is a great choice, because you can split the cost, have more room, and can also cook in your accommodations.

– Avon Lodging: East West Resorts

East West Resorts is a luxurious place to stay: Each condo is spacious, and has great rooms where everyone in your group can hang out and relax. The excellent concierge service will help you find the best activities for everyone in your group, resulting in a truly luxurious stay!

Summer Lodging in Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, Minturn, and Edwards

There are many summer lodging options in the Vail Valley. Browse our site, and find a property that look like it is a good fit for you and everyone in your group. Booking your hotel or condo is the first step towards a fantastic vacation in beautiful Colorado!

Rafting is one of the best things you can do while on vacation. You will experience nature in a new and truly exciting way, and you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. Coursing down a river in a raft, with trees and the blue sky overhead rushing by, hearing the roar of the water, and feeling the spray of the water in your face: You’ll be talking about rafting in Vail for years to come. There are many excellent rafting guides located near Vail, making it the perfect place to stay for all your summer adventures in Colorado. Here are a couple of our favorite options.

Timberline Tours

Timberline Tours is the largest outfitter in the Vail Valley. With other 40 years of experience, they offer incredible rafting packages for everyone in your family. They make it easy to book by asking about the age of the people in your family, and suggesting appropriate tours based on this. You can choose between different levels of excitement – “Float,” “Adventure,” and “Adrenaline,” so no one in your group gets more than they bargained for. Tours range from a Dinosaur Discovery tour that is perfect for kids (you’ll end up digging for fossils at the end of your tour), to a Vail Wine Tasting and Rafting tour for the adults. The price of each of their tours includes transportation, and all the gear you’ll need (except for shoes, which can be rented if needed).

Arkansas Valley Adventures (AVA)

Arkansas Valley Adventures (more commonly known as AVA) has locations all throughout Colorado. They offer world-class whitewater rafting on eight different rivers across Colorado. The best thing about AVA is that they offer customizable adventure trips. You can pair rafting with other adventures, such as zip lining, which is a great option for those looking for an entire day of thrills. AVA has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, and reviewers say it is a great adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Rafting in Vail: Stay in Vail or Beaver Creek

When you stay in Vail, you have easy access to the rafting launch points, making it the perfect place for you and your family to stay before your adventure. There are many Beaver Creek and Vail lodging options you can choose from, and there are many great places to eat out. Book your trip today, and have the adventure of a lifetime!

Vail, Colorado is a great place for family vacations. There are so many things to do in the winter and summer that each family member will enjoy. We’ve looked at the top 10 things to do in Vail in the spring and summer, as well as an overview of things to do in Vail, but today we’re going to discuss the best family activities in Vail, so you and your family can plan an epic vacation!

The Perfect Place for Families

Vail is very family-friendly. The main reason for this is because the town itself is a playground – there are so many things to do. From hiking, bike riding, ice skating (even in the summer), great food, fun family events, and even exhilarating activities for the more adventurous, there are more things for you and your family to enjoy than you can handle in one trip. Here are a few of our favorite things to do:

– Horseback Riding

Experiencing Colorado’s western heritage is a must when visiting Vail or Beaver Creek. One of the best ways to see the area is on the back of a horse. Bearcat Stable’s horseback rides are great for adults and kids alike. Adults will enjoy seeing the stunning scenery, and kids will love experiencing what it’s like to ride a horse. They offer a wide variety of trips, including short, one-hour rides, or the more adventurous four-hour ride through Vail’s backcountry.

– Explore by 4×4

One of the best ways to enjoy Vail and Beaver Creek is to take a jeep or ATV tour. There are a few great guides in the area, including Nova Guides, and Above & Beyond 4×4 Guides. Each one offers a variety of tours. You can explore by Jeep, ATV, or a side-by-side vehicle! Exploring the beautiful Vail Valley by 4×4 is a great option for families of slightly older kids. Nova Guides even offers paintball games for those looking for a bit more adventure!

– Ziplining, Rock Climbing, & More

Your older kids will absolutely love the more adventurous offerings of Vail. If they dream of ziplining, there are many great options in the area. Arkansas Valley Adventures provides exhilarating zipline routes, and rock climbing for everyone in your family to enjoy. Adventure Ridge is a great summer option for families looking for some fun in Vail. Located at the top of Vail Mountain, you and your kids can enjoy a mountain coaster, adventure courses, ziplines, and more.

– Caverns & Caves

Located not far from Vail is Glenwood Springs. Here, you can find Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves. This landmark location is the largest show cave that is open to the public in Colorado. It has been named one of the top 10 caves in the country by USA Today! You can spend an entire day exploring the caves, and learning all about how they were formed. Kids of all ages will love walking through the caves and enjoying the other activities, such as the 4D motion theater, laser tag, climbing wall, blacksmith shop, and thrill rides (there’s even a roller coaster!).

– Vail Mountain

During the winter months, the best activity for families to enjoy is skiing and snowboarding. Vail is designed for families to spend the entire day playing on the mountain. With their Kid’s Adventure Zones (these ski areas are designed with fun paths and easy runs that kids will love), and ski school options (the entire family can stay together), you’ll spend the day exploring Vail Mountain, and enjoying the best of Colorado’s snow. During the summer, Vail Mountain is a wonderful place to explore – take the gondola up, and hike or bike down!

Countless Family Activities in Vail and Beaver Creek

These are just a few of our favorite, and best family activities in Vail and Beaver Creek. There are many other activities, including hiking, ice skating (year-round), swimming, biking, fishing, and more. Vail is one of the best destinations for families, because simply being in the area together is a treat. There are many family-friendly lodging options, as well as great places to eat your entire family will enjoy. Book your trip today!

There are many amazing things to do in Vail, Colorado. If you like to hike, there are countless trails. Want to bike? Cyclists love the many trails and road rides in the area. Are golfing or fishing more your style? There are fantastic golf greens to try, and more than enough fish in the streams and rivers. There’s so much to do in the area, it’s helpful to narrow it down to a manageable list. IN today’s post, we’re going to discuss the top 10 things to do in Vail in the spring and summer (because, in the winter, Vail Mountain dominates the ranking). This list is a mix of both Yelp, TripAdvisor, and a few of our favorites.

1. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

You wouldn’t think that a garden would be a favorite destination in Colorado, but the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are truly special. Internationally acclaimed for their conservation, education, and alpine horticulture, the gardens are well-loved by visitors. With 4.5 stars with both TripAdvisor and, Yelp, visitors can’t say enough about visiting this unique botanic garden.

2. Booth Falls Trail

This strenuous hike is well-worth the effort. With a round-trip distance of 8.7 miles, Booth Falls Trail isn’t for the faint of heart. But, the views will take your breath away. Along the way, you’ll pass through green meadows, a shimmering aspen field, a thick spruce forest, and eventually – you’ll come to find a stunning mountain lake. You’ll be immersed in the beauty of Colorado, and can finish off the day with a beer in a brewery in Vail!

3. River Rafting and Tubing

One of the most beloved summer activities in Vail is river rafting and tubing. There are countless companies that you can either rent tubes, or book a rafting trip with in the area. Book a rafting trip with Arkansas Valley Adventures or Timberline Tours, or rent tubes from Turtle Tubing. Nothing beats coasting down the Colorado River on a tube or raft, with the hot sun above you!

4. Gourmet Food Tours

Listed as the second most popular thing to do in Vail on Yelp, Vail Valley Food Tours offers a truly unique experience for visitors. Have you ever walked around town, struggling to decide which one of the restaurants to try? Now, you don’t have to worry about choosing: You can take a food tour, and try a bite to eat at five different restaurants!

5. Go to a Farmer’s Market

Vail’s Farmer’s Markets take place every Sunday morning from June through October. Just head to Meadow’s Drive in Vail Village from 10:00 – 3:30pm, and you’ll be able to find food, groceries, juices, art, and much more. Learn more about Vail Farmer’s Market, and plan to attend for a great time!

6. Grab a Drink with the Locals

Nothing beats grabbing a drink after a long day enjoying the outdoors around Vail. There are many local favorites. Head to Kelly Liken for unique drinks, head to The George to find the true locals, or Blu’s Restaurant, where you can find an extensive, delicious wine list.

7. Walk around Vail Village

Vail Village is extremely unique. Our European-style village is quaint, and full of fun restaurants, bars, and shops. Simply strolling around at any point during the day is a good time. The Village is always buzzing with activity, be it winter, fall, spring, or summer. It’s a great place to head to if you want to have some fun, but aren’t sure exactly what you want to do, which is why it made it onto our list of the top 10 things to do in Vail.

8. Go Horseback Riding

Colorado is, at its heart, a cowboy state. We love our horses, rodeos, ranches, and western heritage. One of the best ways to tap into this rich history is to go horseback riding! You’ll see some beautiful countryside, and you won’t have to take a single step. Bearcat Stables is the best place to book your ride – you can do short or long trips.

9. See the Valley from a Hot Air Balloon

If you want some adventure, but don’t want anything too scary, go on a hot air balloon trip. It’s a great way to see the valley, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll soar above the beautiful Eagle River Valley – seeing Vail and Beaver Creek from the perspective of a bird. Camelot Balloons is the best place to book your unforgettable trip!

10. Relax with a Massage

One of the best ways to start your vacation is with a massage. You’ll be relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your trip! There are many fantastic spas and sports clubs in the Vail Valley that provide excellent massage services.

There are countless activities to enjoy in the Vail Valley, it’s hard to choose 10! We hope you enjoyed this list of the top 10 things to do in Vail. Did we miss any of your favorites? Are there any activities you’d add to the list? Let us know – we’d love to hear!

It’s not quite summer in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan ahead. There’s a slight chill in the air, and the ski season isn’t quite over (the mountain closes on April 23rd), but soon enough the flowers will be blooming, the sky will no longer bring snow, and the summer months will be upon us. It’s especially important to plan ahead if you want to visit the Vail Valley in the summer months: They are fast becoming as popular as ski season. Here’s an overview of all the summer activities in Vail to enjoy.

Overview of Summer Activities in Vail

Hiking Options in Vail


The mountains are just begging to be explored in the summer. There are countless trails leading to stunning destinations for you and your friends and family to explore. If we detailed every hike you can do in the Vail Valley, you’d be reading for hours. Simply put, there are hikes for every ability level, and for every type of sight you want to see. Aching to jump into a mountain lake? Check. Longing to run through a meadow bursting with wildflowers? Check. Fingers itching to do some rock climbing? Check. Looking more for an easy stroll through the woods? Check. The Walking Mountains Science Center is one of the best resources for finding the best hike to fit your needs, so you can spend a day exploring!



Road and Mountain Biking in Colorado


Whether you’re looking to road bike, or want to hit the trails on a mountain bike, there are plenty of options in Vail. Here are some great mountain bike trails near Vail to try, or, you can head to the Vail Mountain Bike Park. Here is some great information on road biking around the area: You’ll get expansive views as you cruise along the road.





Fly Fishing in the Vail Valley


Vail is a destination for fly fisherman all over the state. There are many lakes and streams around the area where you can escape and enjoy the tranquility of the natural world. Fly fishing is one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate on your vacation. Plus, you get to enjoy the beauty of the area while doing so. You can book a guide, or find the best spots on your own (to do this, you’ll need a fishing license, the essentials like a hat, glasses, sunscreen, waders, and of course, a fishing rod and accessories). Check out the fishing report to see where the best spots are before you head out. Great options are Gore Creek, the Eagle River, or the Colorado River.



Golfing Clubs and Courses in Vail


Did you know that golf balls fly 10% farther in the high mountain air? Pair this with the excellent golf courses in the Vail area, and you’ll spend a wonderful day on the green that you won’t soon forget. There are many fantastic golf courses and clubs in the area– we guarantee you’ll leave relaxed.





Events in Vail and Beaver Creek


There’s always something fun happening in Vail or Beaver Creek. Take a look at the events calendar, and plan your trip around that. Does gourmet dining hit your fancy? Book your trip during Taste of Vail, and enjoy wine and food tastings around town. Looking for more adventure? Book during the Whitewater Race Series. There are many different events, for every age group and level of adventure.





Summer Activities in Vail


Speaking of adventure, in Vail there’s no shortage of thrills to be had. Here are just a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy in the area:

These are only a few of the fun and exciting things you can enjoy during your stay in the Vail Valley. There is adventure for the entire family!

People Come for Winter, but Stay for the Summer

Locals know this better than anyone: Summers in Colorado aren’t to be missed. Winter is great (it’s tough to find a true local who doesn’t love hitting the slopes), but summer is exceptionally beautiful and full of fun. As you can see, there are countless activities to enjoy in the summer in Vail. Decide which ones are best for you, and book your trip today!