Spring Family Traveler

Spring in the Valley

When the snow melts, the river fills, and the Vail Valley begins to bud green trees. The most fascinating aspect of the terrain is going from high alpine to high mountain desert— just take a 30 minute drive west and families can enjoy white water rafting, experience authentic western history, mountain biking in Eagle, and visit the hot springs and theme park in Glenwood Springs.

Zip Adventures

The zip line course at Zip Adventures are the first and the best ground-to ground zip lines in the country. Our unique tour provides an unbelievable outdoor recreation adventure that challenges the senses: fragrant sagebrush, pinyon pine and Colorado fresh air surround you in this beautiful slice of rustic Western landscape. Our zip line courses will get you pumpin’ – the farther you go, the higher the exhilaration! 6 unique zip lines give you a graduating progression of excitement and adventure, as well as a stunning view of our beautiful Colorado landscape. Each has their own special personality – so much so, that the guides have fondly nicknamed them over the years.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park  is a unique attraction that has thrill rides, cave tours, laser tag and so much more. Bring out your inner scientist as you study stunning caverns and formations in Colorado’s largest show cave. Or, bring out your wild side as you fly down the mountain on Colorado’s first alpine coaster. Whatever your family enjoys, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is sure to please everyone. The Adventure park closes at the end of October. Make sure to check their schedule before going.

The Wild West at 4 Eagle Ranch

When you visit 4 Eagle Ranch you can choose to kick back and take in the beautiful scenery, or you can get out and have some extraordinary experiences…of course, you can do both! The ranch gives guests an authentic Colorado experience by offering an abundance of activities such as ranch menagerie, horseshoes, volleyball, steer head roping and The Trading Post. You can also book a stay in 4 Eagle Ranch’s beautiful Homestead House, originally built in 1925 (remodeled in 2011)… Which makes enjoying all the ranch has to offer that much easier.

The Coolest Playgrounds

In the Vail Valley, we love to be outside, and that’s true even for the littlest locals. Playgrounds are abundant throughout the valley and include:

  • Pirate Ship Park in Vail
  • Donovan Park in Vail
  • Red Sandstone Park in Vail
  • Lionshead’s Birds Nest in Vail
  • Nottingham Park in Avon
  • Pavilion Park in Eagle Vail
  • Brush Creek Park in Eagle
  • Freedom Park & Skatepark in Edwards

Sage Outdoor Adventures Rafting
One of the most wonderful joy rides to do with the family is floating down the river with a friendly tour guide. Sage Outdoor Adventures is here to facilitate you creating memories, you connecting with family and friends, and most of all, you just plain having fun.

Turtle Tubing
Take a mellow float trip down the Colorado River with Turtle Tubing out of Dotsero. The trips are open to adults and to kids 2 and older and are ideal for people looking for a relaxing and scenic day on the water. Guests can also book the Turtle Bus for transportation needs within the Vail Valley.

FOR THE CURIOUS MINDS

 Walking Mountains Science Center offers an array of fun programs for families, children and adults. Explore their three facilities in Avon and Vail and discover your curious side. Programs include Bug Safari, Earth Explorers, Morning Bird Walks, S’mores, Photo Safari, and other exciting options.

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Imagination Station
Vail Rec District’s Imagination Station, a thoughtful play space, features a play wall to integrate physical and cognitive learning, a hyperbolic funnel that models the planetary motion, and a health clinic that promotes imaginative play where children can provide care for dogs, cats and babies.

Mountain Recreation
Mountain Recreation facilities are the perfect place to visit when vacationing in the Vail Valley area. With indoor pools, water slides, drop in gymnastics for little ones, trampolines, skate parks, soccer fields, ice skating, and so much more, there is something for everyone! Visit mountainrec.org to learn more and see our drop-in and program schedules.

Libraries
You don’t have to be a local to enjoy our four libraries. The Vail Public Library offers library cards for visitors. In addition to books, there’s a robotics section and 3-D printers as well. A community center, the Vail Public Library also has free concerts and a healthy living series with activities like yoga in the park.

The Eagle Valley Library District has locations in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum. Free story times throughout the week cater to children with sessions in both English and Spanish.

Restaurants & 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.

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.

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.

Visitor Information from the Locals

The Ultimate Beach Getaway in the Mountains

Sometimes choosing between the beach and the mountains for a summer vacation is a tough decision, but there is a way to have both.  Picture this…  you wake up in the morning to the serene tranquility of the mountains. The sun rises over the horizon as you ride your bike through stunning scenery. After a long day of adventuring and exploring, you are ready for some relaxation in the water.   The Vail Valley offers several water activities...
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What to Know About COVID-19 and Colorado Travel

Visit Vail Valley understands travelers may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them. We will be sharing the latest information on this page as we receive it. Eagle County Visitors The Vail Valley is welcoming visitors now. Our valley is strong and ready for you! Our community and businesses have all been working together to keep residents and visitors safe by following the protocols and guidelines provided by the CDC, state...
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Questions & answers about the statewide mandatory mask order

ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER What is the statewide mandatory mask order? Executive Order D 2020 138 requires all people in Colorado over ten (10) years old to wear a face-covering over their noses and mouths: When entering or moving within any public indoor space. While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services. People do not need to...
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