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Wade fishing trips in the Vail Valley provide novice and experienced anglers alike an opportunity to experience Colorado’s breathtaking fall scenery and wildlife, as well as the opportunity to catch the trout of a lifetime. Access to our rivers and streams, including Gore Creek, the Eagle River, Brush Creek and the Colorado River can be tricky if you’ve never fished here before. We highly recommend booking an experienced guide through providers such as Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, Sage Outdoor Adventures, or Piney River Ranch

Combine the best of both worlds with a float fly-fishing (say that 10 times fast!) trip on the river. Float fishing takes place on the larger rivers of the area in a high desert or sub-alpine setting. Float trips also offer the ability to fish stretches of water otherwise inaccessible to wade fishing.

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Float Trips

Floating down the river with a canopy of gold, yellow and red hanging  over you is breathtaking. Rafting, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, and Tubing. All very different sports, so you’ll have to determine which suits you. But regardless which you choose: definitely  get on the river. Vail Valley is blessed with an abundance of skilled and professional outfitters including Colorado Adventure Center, & Sage Outdoor Adventures who raft all the nearby rivers.

Want to enjoy a river without the rapids? Turtle Tubing is an excellent option for families and groups looking for an affordable, fun float trip.  

Fall in the Vail Valley is usually very pleasant and warm, however temperatures can vary so be sure to pack warm water resistant clothes if you choose to go out on the river!

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Water Activities

If you are ready to navigate the water yourself, rent a SUP (stand up paddle board) ,kayak or canoe. Beginners may want to get their sea legs on the stiller, gentler yet lovely Piney Lake in Vail,  Nottingham Lake in Avon, or Sylvan Lake in Eagle . Once you feel comfortable kayaking and SUPing on the lake, ask a rental agency where the best stretch of river is for you based on your capabilities.

There’s even an opportunity to try SUP yoga; downward dog is a different beast on a board! Places like the Athletic Club at the Westin, offer SUP yoga, giving you another balancing trick (and stretch) for your body.   Fair warning: once you try it you might very well be hooked

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Restaurants and Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.