Nature & Food 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.

Food Lovers

Vail is not only an outdoor destination, it is a place to try some of the best food. Influenced by cultures all over the world, these restaurants have built a reputation for incredible experiences and delicious food under the top chefs.

Where does one begin? The Taste Of Vail brings together restaurants from across the Vail Valley creating unique dining events. This is the best way to try the variety of the valley’s finest in one location!

Fall for Nature Lovers

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.

Nature hike programs led by environmental experts and native explorers from Walking Mountains Science Center offer an impactful experience when the natural surrounding views and trails are paired with insightful knowledge of the flora and fauna.

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

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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 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.

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Travel by Water or Land

If you live in the Vail Valley, you love to be outside, and fall brings it’s own handful of outdoor sports. Nova Guides and Sage Outdoor Adventures have several of the top outdoor activities including rafting, four wheeling, fishing, jeep trips and snowmobiling with a variety of terrain and river access.

If you’re in Vail Village and want to get around the Village and trails in style, then try out Vail Segway. It is a guaranteed grin and people are always surprised how well they do on the trail after some practice.

Or, go Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding or canoe at Nottingham Lake in the Town of Avon or Piney Lake with Piney River Ranch. Enjoy food and beverages at the local restaurant everal people also bring their own picnic items too!

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.