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Things to Do in Vail Valley

The secret is out that Vail Valley’s spring, summer and fall are truly as remarkable as the winter. The outdoor activities are abundant activities on the trails, in the wilderness, on the water, shredding the mountain and zipping through the air. Everyone can explore Colorado’s natural beauty, take a joy ride on one of the many rivers and lakes, ski, fish, snowmobile, ate, horseback ride and escape on endless trails. There are options for the more adventurous with zip lining and white water rafting. For the more curious minds, send young scientists for a day learning about nature and science or take a break and go see a movie at the local theater. There is nothing sweeter than going out on an adventure and ending the day with beautiful Vail Valley sunset. Vail Valley is magical filled with countless activities you’ll want to experience while enjoying the sights. Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a fun ride!

Adventure Parks

Glenwood Caverns Adenture Park

(970) 945-4228
Call Now Location: Glenwood Springs Open in Google Maps

Known for its award-winning rides and spectacular caves, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a unique and family-friendly theme park nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Glenwood Springs. Less than an hour from Vail, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers year-round fun for the whole family. Enjoy cave tours, an alpine coaster, a giant swing, roller coasters, zip ride, 4D theater, laser tag, a mountain-top concert series, entertainment, dining, gondola rides, a dazzling winter light display and holiday events.

Vail's Adventure Ridge

(970) 754-8245
Call Now Location: Lionshead - Vail Open in Google Maps

Play in the afternoon and well into the night at Adventure Ridge with ski bikes, kids snowmobile track, a slippery slope of rip-roaring tubing lanes and more. Adventure Ridge, a family experience Like Nothing on Earth.

Vail's Epic Discovery

(970) 754-8245
Call Now Location: Lionshead - Vail Open in Google Maps

Summer in the mountains is taking on a whole new feel with Vail's Epic Discovery. With Adventure Courses, Ziplines, a Mountain Coaster, Tubing Hills, a Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, and much more, the options are endless. It’s a mountain of possibilities! Epic Discovery provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing you in activities which provide big-time thrills, allowing you to challenge yourself physically, guiding you to explore and better understand your natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories.

ATV's & Snowmobiles

Nova Guides

(719) 486-2656
Call Now Location: Camp Hale - Red Cliff Open in Google Maps

Enjoy the rich history of Camp Hale where the 10th Mountain Army Division trained, views of four different mountain ranges, and the Continental Divide on one of our guided snowmobile, ATV, or side-by-side tours. Looking for adventurous, unguided rentals in Colorado? Our snowmobile, ATV and side-by-side rentals allow for multiple ways to enjoy backcountry excursions in the high elevation Rockies of Colorado.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

(970) 476-3700
Call Now Locations: Eagle-Vail, Wolcott Open in Google Maps

Drive your own Side X Side ATV or snowmobile!Venture around the mystery of the most recently extinct volcano in Colorado, on 6,000 acres of our private land in addition to 14,000 acres of public land near the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area. Sage rides on 20,000 acres of land stretching far as the eye can see! The trails that we make on our private area are real snowmobile, ATV, & Side X Side trails, purpose built. These are exclusive to you, only here at Sage! Shuttles available for pickup and drop-off.

Equipment Rentals: Bike & Ski

Beaver Creek Sports

(970) 748-3080
Call Now Locations: Avon, Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

With so many options in the Vail Valley, you could spend an entire day shopping around, collecting your equipment, apparel, and accessories piece-by-piece. Or you could cut that time in half (save it for the slopes) and make one stop at Beaver Creek Sports, where the Valley’s best staff and best selection can outfit you from head-to-toe. Demo the greatest skis on the market and get ready for the hill with our boutique shops comprised of a refined yet casual collection of clothing, outerwear, ski equipment and accessories. Choose from Spyder, Salomon, Arcteryx, Obermeyer, K2, Nordica and more.

Black Tie Ski Rentals of Vail & Beaver Creek

(970) 748-8552
Call Now Locations: Vail Valley Open in Google Maps

Don’t waste time waiting in line! With Black Tie Ski Rentals’ delivery service, you can place your order for skis, snowboards, boots, and helmets before you arrive. Vail and Beaver Creek's premier ski rental delivery. This winter re-examine service, re-discover convenience, re-define ski rentals.

Charter Sports

(970) 476-4811
Call Now Locations: Avon, Beaver Creek, Vail, West Vail Open in Google Maps

Charter Sports offers a wide range of skis and snowboard rentals, from high performance demos to beginner friendly packages. We feature junior and women specific demo skis. Junior packages are available for skiers and snowboarders 12 and under. Visit Charter Sports in the summer for the best in mountain bike rentals, Vail Pass Bike Tours and free hiking information. Equipment pick up and drop off is available at any of our locations in Vail, West Vail, Beaver Creek, and Avon.

Christy Sports

(970) 949-0241
Call Now Locations: Avon, Beaver Creek, Vail Open in Google Maps

Christy Sports in Avon supplies all season shopping with ski, snowboard, snowshoeing, biking, golf, car racks, as well as all your outdoor furniture needs. This convenient location is in the heart of Avon with convenient parking. Christy Sports in Beaver Creek is located just steps from the bus terminal in The Lodge at Beaver Creek. All your ski needs can be taken care of including rental, repair, sales of clothing as well as equipment.

Ski Butlers

(970) 845-2268
Call Now Locations: Vail Valley Open in Google Maps

Proudly serving Vail, Beaver Creek and Arrowhead. We deliver right to your door! Call us now toll free: 1-877-754-7754 or reserve online at skibutlers.com. Rent the newest skis & boards for the same or lower price than many of the other ski shops.

Venture Sports

(970) 949-1318
Call Now Locations: Avon, Vail, West Vail Open in Google Maps

Full service Ski and Bike shop specializing in rentals, sales, and service. Voted "Best of Vail Valley" for ski and bike tunes for over a decade. It's the best in the valley for sporting goods and service! Our people and their passion for making your ski or bike dreams come true is what truly sets Venture Sports apart.

Equipment Rentals: Water Crafts & Gear

Nottingham Lake & Beach - Avon

(970) 453-7873
Call Now Location: Avon Open in Google Maps

Nottingham Lake serves as the central headquarters for Avon's summer activities in the park. The Town of Avon has partnered with Stand Up Paddle Colorado to offer recreation activities on the lake during the summer months from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day weekend from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They offer pedal boat rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, and kayak rentals.

Piney River Ranch

(303) 905-4439
Call Now Location: Piney Lake - Vail Open in Google Maps

The best unkept secret is green and beautiful! Piney River Ranch is not only a picture perfect Colorado wedding and event venue. We have a variety of activities and summer fun for the entire family. From fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, waterfalls or simply relaxing by the fire pit, Piney has something for everyone. We also offer lodging for our overnight guests and an on-site restaurant that boasts the best smoked BBQ around.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

(970) 476-3700
Call Now Location: Dotsero - Gypsum Open in Google Maps

Explore the beautiful outdoor scenery on the upper stretches of the Colorado River with a river rental! Tubes, duckies, SUPs, rafts, wetsuits, splash tops, river booties, and more. What makes this rental unique is the available free shuttle upriver from where you park and rent. We take you upstream in our bus, and you float back down. So easy. Optional launch points are 4, 6, 10, or 18 miles upstream. And there is a full service restaurant and bar where you end your float too!

Fly Fishing

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

(970) 748-6880
Call Now Locations: Avon, Beaver Creek, Vail Open in Google Maps

Gore Creek Fly Fisherman has been offering guided fly fishing trips and fly fishing products to the public for over 35 years. We are the Vail Valley’s oldest fly fishing shop and the most prominent guide service in Vail, Beaver Creek and Avon, Colorado.

Nova Guides

(719) 486-2656
Call Now Location: Red Cliff - Camp Hale Open in Google Maps

Enjoy a day at our private trout lake nestled in the spectacular Pando Valley at Camp Hale just a short drive from Vail. Our lake has rainbow trout of all sizes. If you are lucky, you can get the “Colorado Grand Slam” of 4 trout species: rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat in the Camp Hale basin. Nova Guides lake is fed by Watson Creek and natural springs. We always have water to fish when area rivers are blown out, too warm or too high to fish. Our guides will have all the gear you need.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

(970) 476-3700
Call Now Locations: EagleVail, Wolcott Open in Google Maps

The Piney River is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. This freestone river begins in the rugged Gore Range and meanders through a wilderness canyon to the Piney Valley Ranch, where we have exclusive access to seven miles of pristine trout water. How do you get there and around? Take a free shuttle from your location, and to get around, drive Side X Side ATV's! Sage fly fishing guests are the only anglers on this sprawling, 30,000-acre ranch. This is Colorado trout fishing at its very finest.

Vail Valley Anglers

(970) 926-0900
Call Now Location: Riverwalk - Edwards Open in Google Maps

At Vail Valley Anglers, we offer products and services designed to suit every type of fisherman. Whether you are a complete novice, or a seasoned expert, we have a product to help fulfill your fishing needs and adventurous spirit. We are open year round and are fully committed to the sport of destination fly fishing, offering guided fly fishing trips throughout Colorado and the world! Our fishing expertise extends well beyond the Vail Valley and we are fully stocked year round to provide an experience that you will not soon forget.

Golf Courses & Simulators

Beaver Creek Golf Club & Rendezvous Club

(970) 754-5760
Call Now Location: Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

Designed by the famed course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Beaver Creek Golf Club is one of the longest-established courses in the Vail Valley. Opened in 1992, the course is nestled against the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain and is widely known for its tight, narrow fairways so a driver may not get much use.

Eagle Ranch Golf Club

(970) 328-2882
Call Now Location: Eagle Open in Google Maps

Just 30 minutes from Vail in the beautiful, small town of Eagle, Colorado is the Eagle Ranch Golf Club. The majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains serves as a dynamic setting for the Arnold Palmer Signature Design that opened in 2001 as part of a master-planned residential community.

EagleVail Golf Course

(970) 949-5267
Call Now Location: EagleVail Open in Google Maps

Set among what is internationally known as Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts, the EagleVail Golf Course offers 18 holes of challenging mountain golf for players of all skill levels. EagleVail was given national recognition in 2015 and 2017 as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International. The process of selection is a two-year intensive evaluation requiring demonstration of a high degree of environmental quality in seven specific areas. Check out the golf simulator during the winter months when the courses are closed!

Red Sky Ranch Golf Club

(970) 754-8400
Call Now Location: Wolcott Open in Google Maps

Nestled near the legendary Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Resorts and only 20 minutes from the Vail/Eagle County Airport, Red Sky is a private membership club with a separate resort golf operation. Members and guests each enjoy their own clubhouse and alternate play daily between the Tom Fazio and Greg Norman courses.

Sonnenalp Golf Club

(970) 477-5370
Call Now Location: Singletree - Edwards Open in Google Maps

The 18-hole Sonnenalp Golf Club is an easily walkable championship golf course with an award-winning orientation that allows for dramatic morning and afternoon sun that highlights the stunning mountain views of the nearby Rocky Mountains. There are four tee positions ranging from 7,100 yards to 5,293 yards and offers unlimited play for members 7 days a week.

The Club at Cordillera

(970) 569-6460
Call Now Location: Cordillera - Edwards Open in Google Maps

Three distinct courses make up the Club at Cordillera, each with its own unique characteristics and elevations. The Valley Course, nestled along the Eagle River is a Tom Fazio design that takes advantage of its southern exposure and features wide-open fairways but also challenges players with large, undulating fairways and greens. Colorado native Hale Irwin crafted the Mountain Course with holes carved into the rolling hillsides. A reflection of its name, the Summit Course was placed upon the highest point within Cordillera at an elevation of 9,200 feet. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the course affords golfers unparalleled views while traversing the undulating course.

Vail Golf Club

(970) 479-2260
Call Now Location: Vail Open in Google Maps

Highlighted by views of the Gore Mountain Range, Vail’s mountain-style, 18-hole course features unique fairways, smooth putting surfaces and a scenic layout amidst the White River National Forest.

Hiking, Snowshoeing & Nordic Skiing

Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center

(970) 754-5313
Call Now Location: Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

The Nordic Sports Center is open daily during the winter season when the Beaver Creek Ski Resort is open. It is located across from the covered bridge in the Strawberry Park building and next to chair 12 the Strawberry Park express lift. Offering a complete rental shop with classical, skate, telemark, and snowshoe equipment rentals. Also offered are daily scheduled and private lessons and tours, ticket sales, as well as retail and snacks.

Piney River Ranch

(303) 905-4439
Call Now Location: Piney Lake - Vail Open in Google Maps

The best unkept secret is green and beautiful! Piney River Ranch is not only a picture perfect Colorado wedding and event venue. We have a variety of activities and summer fun for the entire family. From fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, waterfalls or simply relaxing by the fire pit, Piney has something for everyone. We also offer lodging for our overnight guests and an on-site restaurant that boasts the best smoked BBQ around.

The Club at Cordillera

(970) 926-5100
Call Now Location: Cordillera - Edwards Open in Google Maps

Only at The Club at Cordillera can you tee it up one moment, then take to the slopes in another. Situated in the middle of the community, miles of immaculately-manicured Nordic ski trails lend themselves to a magnificent day on the white powder. You are sure to enjoy the majestic beauty of Cordillera as you build memories with your loved ones and friends. Allow the cool, crisp mountain air to envelop your senses along the Mountain Course.

Vail Nordic Center

(970) 476-8366
Call Now Location: Vail Open in Google Maps

The Nordic Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter season. No reservation required, mask is required in the shop, and a maximum of six (6) people in the shop at one time. The Nordic Center track is maintained and groomed daily at 8 a.m. If six inches of snow falls by midday after grooming, the snowmobile with the sled will be pulled over the 5K loop for additional grooming.

Walking Mountains Science Center

(970) 827-9725
Call Now Locations: Avon, Vail Open in Google Maps

Founded nearly 20 years ago as a resource for local students, we have grown to include the Nature Discovery Center on Vail Mountain, the Vail Nature Center, and our Platinum LEED-certified Science Center in Avon. We connect 80,000 people annually of all ages with nature through our school field studies, outdoor excursions (guided snowshoes & hikes), hands-on community programs for pre-k to gray, and business sustainability and stewardship programs.

Horseback Riding

4 Eagle Ranch

(970) 343-9396
Call Now Location: Wolcott Open in Google Maps

4 Eagle Stables provides you with one of the most exhilarating outdoor activities on your Colorado vacation. We pride ourselves on our experience and level of safety. Each horseback ride starts with an informational safety and demonstration talk to help riders feel comfortable while out on a ride. Our unique ranch setting offers breathtaking views of the Sawatch Range, Castle Peak, and Red and White Mountain. All of this is located just 23 miles from Vail and 16 miles from Beaver Creek. The stables are open 7 days a week and offer 1-hour and 2-hour guided tours and pony rides for children 7 and under.

Beaver Creek Stables

(970) 845-7770
Call Now Location: Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

With stables on the Beaver Creek Mountain, Beaver Creek Stables will ensure that your horseback riding experience will be second to none. Choose from one or two hour rides, a three hour picnic ride, rides to Beaver Lake and Beano's Cabin for dinner. To experience a luxurious, most picturesque Colorado horseback riding experience, try the sunset ride to Beano's Cabin. Children age 7 and older are welcome to hit the horseback trails and younger buckaroos can test their horseback riding skills on our ponies.

Piney River Ranch

(303) 905-4439
Call Now Location: Piney Lake - Vail Open in Google Maps

Along the trail, you’ll enjoy views of the surrounding mountain peaks, the pristine Piney River, wildflower meadows, and fields of beautifully forested Aspen trees. You may also catch a glimpse of our wildlife, including moose, elk, and deer. The ride is a very relaxing and exciting experience as you make your way through the Piney River Valley, taking in the fantastic views along the trail.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

(970) 476-3700
Call Now Location: EagleVail, Wolcott Open in Google Maps

Experience a Horseback Ride like no other in the area. The Wranglers at Sage pride themselves on offering a truly unique ride every time they head out of our Horse Pasture. They rarely stick to trails and avoid riding nose to tail. The terrain is absolutely breath taking with massive views of Castle Peak Mountain and the Vail Valley. Ride through beautiful fields of sage and juniper, thick aspen and pine Groves. Many of the rides travel near several of our mountain lakes and streams that are situated on our private mountain.

Rafting & Float Trips

Sage Outdoor Adventures

(970) 476-3700
Call Now Locations: Colorado River, Gore Creek, Eagle River Open in Google Maps

You’ll raft through incredible canyon scenery, experience small to large rapids and have plenty of time to play and slash in the River. From whitewater adventures to scenic family float trips, we can't wait to be out on the water with our guests. For some of our more adventurous rafters, class III trips are available to rafters as young as 6-years-old, while others can be more challenging with class IV+ rapids. Depending on the age of participants, how much time you have, and what you’d like to experience, we can help plan the perfect rafting adventure.

Vail Valley Anglers

(970) 926-0900
Call Now Location: Riverwalk - Edwards Open in Google Maps

For anglers seeking solitude, unpressured trout and incredible scenery, a guided float fishing trip offers opportunities that can’t be duplicated while wade fishing. Both half day and full day float trips offer the chance to explore world-class trout fisheries on three different rivers, which include the Gold Medal stretches of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers and the fantastic fishing found right in our backyard on the Eagle River. A guided float fishing trip offers access to more remote areas that can only be reached by boat and gives anglers a chance to cover miles of productive water in a single day.

Ski & Snowboard

Beaver Creek Ski Resort

(970) 754-4636
Call Now Location: Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

Skiing and snowboarding are the lifeblood of Vail Valley in the winter. From family-friendly greens to experts-only double black diamonds, the slopes of Beaver Creek mountains are varied and expansive. Terrain parks, kid zones and tree runs are intermixed with groomed cruisers and thrilling steeps, and offer visitors of all ages and abilities a wonderful time. Skip ski lift lines and enhance your skills with Beaver Creek ski school and guides.

Vail Ski Resort

(970) 754-8245
Call Now Location: Vail Open in Google Maps

Skiing and snowboarding Vail mountain is "Like Heaven on Earth." With more ski terrain than anywhere else in the United States, Vail has also garnered an international reputation for its back bowls, majestic 360 views and a world-class ski resort experience. Terrain parks, kid zones and tree runs are intermixed with groomed cruisers and thrilling steeps, and offer visitors of all ages and abilities a wonderful time. Skip ski lift lines and enhance your skills with Vail ski school and guides.

Theatres: Music, Dance & Movies

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre

(970) 777-2015
Call Now Location: Vail Open in Google Maps

Each summer, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from internationally renowned dance and classical music presentations, courtesy of the Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, to the free weekly concerts of the Hot Summer Nights series. In addition, local chorale and theater presentations annually grace the Amphitheater stage, while headlining concerts round out the summer calendar.

Riverwalk Movie Theater

(970) 855-2182
Call Now Location: Riverwalk - Edwards Open in Google Maps

The Riverwalk Theater is a community- and family-centric movie theater located in downtown Edwards, CO. We strive to deliver the very best film content and continually source different types of films that we believe would interest our community of moviegoers. We bring people together by providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where you can connect through a cinematic experience or over a beer and some delicious food on our patio. We feel fortunate to be a place that locals and visitors alike come to have fun.

Vail Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

(970) 845-8497
Call Now Location: Beaver Creek Open in Google Maps

Located in the heart of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort, this 530-seat theatre is operated by the Vail Valley Foundation. From concerts and comedy to Broadway musicals, our beloved Family Series, extraordinary dance performances and the world’s best classical ensembles, there truly is something for everyone at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

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