Nature Lover

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Hit the Links

Leaf-peepers will find their haven in the Vail Valley during the months of September and October. Locals have their favorite fall-foliage hikes throughout the Vail Valley, but consider seeing the sites and getting your exercise out on the golf course.

Pickin' Wildflowers

Nature lovers won’t have to go far (or even break a sweat) for an amazing color explosion in summer months. Shrine Pass, just off I-70 at the top of Vail Pass, is forever popular. Or take the gondola up Vail or Beaver Creek mountains and see a totally different side of your favorite ski runs. Wander the grounds of Vail Recreation District’s Nature Center or join them for one
of their wildflower walks multiple times each week.

Insider Tip: Take a spin through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens before heading into the hills on a wildflower expedition.

Photo courtesy Ashley Albrecht

Under the Stars

Fall in the Vail Valley makes for the perfect weather to go camping and it’s a great way to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Colorado is a mecca for campers and the Vail Valley boasts these excellent locations:

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Wade or Float Fly Fishing

Wade fishing trips in the Vail Valley provide novice and experienced anglers alike an opportunity to experience Colorado’s breathtaking 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 Minturn Anglers, Gore Creek Fly Fisherman or Nova Guides.

Combine the best of both worlds with a float flyfishing (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.Insider Tip: Don’t miss some of the best anglers in the world at the 36th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships, September 11-18, 2016.

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Travel By Water

If you live in the Vail Valley, you love to be outside, and fall brings it’s own handful of outdoor sports.  Timberline Tours is on top of the trending sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) which gets you up-close and personal with the environment.  Named as one of the fastest growing water sports, SUP can be enjoyed May – September on many different waterways in the Vail Valley.

Local Tips

Weather in the fall can vary, even in the course of the same day. Always be prepared by dressing in layers; carry a small daypack to shed your layers, because you’ll probably need them again in a few hours.