Summer Adventurer

Summer Adventures & Excursions

The days last longer with the summer sunshine. There is nothing sweeter than going out on an adventure and ending the day with beautiful Vail Valley sunset. The outdoor activities are abundant activities on the trails, in the wilderness, on the water and zipping through the air. Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a fun ride!

Insider’s tip: The temperature cools down to a slight chill, even in the summer. Be prepared with moisture-wicking clothes during the day and a light coat for night. Wet cotton clothing can give you hypothermia. Plenty of sunscreen and water is a must, and don’t forget your sunglasses!

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Biking can be one of the best ways to enjoy the autumn leaves. The canopies over the trails turn from green to gold making it absolutely spectacular when you ride under them! Check out the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance website that has information on trails and their conditions.

Eagle
The town of Eagle is the latest hit destination for both local and out-of-town enthusiasts with a wealth of trails and a flourishing biking subculture. The Haymaker Trail in Eagle is a great introduction to mountain biking for all ages and abilities, with easy trailhead access and plenty of parking.

Vail & Beaver Creek
If the downhill is your favorite part, let the lifts do the work at Vail or Beaver Creek. After a scenic ride up on the gondola, you can proceed downhill at your own pace. First time? Take a guided tour for an exhilarating journey down Vail Mountain’s network of mountain bike trails. Be sure to check the fall gondola schedule before you go. Vail Gondola Schedule  & Beaver Creek Gondola Schedule 

Looking for bike rentals? Venture Sports Base Mountain Sports Charter Sports  Vail Sports Beaver Creek Sports

OFF ROAD ATV's

Off Road by Jeep or ATV, off-roading assures a bumpy good time that opens your senses to yet another side of the Rocky Mountains. If you’ve never ridden an ATV before; it’s one for the bucket list – and a simple task to learn. Guides will instruct you and then let you (safely) play.

  • Discover the mystery of the most recently extinct volcano in Colorado through Sage Outdoor Adventures.
  • Nova Guides offers a rich perspective of mountain history, this time in the form of Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Army Division trained for divisive battles won in World War II.

Local tip: See our Scenic & Historic Drive section on where to go with your own 4-wheel drive vehicle. For ATV trails, visit the White River National Forest Service building for maps and information.

ON THE WATER

Sage Outdoor Adventures
Sage Outdoor Adventures owns conveniently located river rafting outposts on the Eagle, Arkansas and Colorado rivers. Sage’s whitewater rafting program is the most thought out, family friendly and professional experience in Colorado. This is truly the best way to take in the pure beauty of Colorado’s natural surroundings. You will not be disappointed.

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.

FLY FISHING

Guided Fishing
Wade fishing and float 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 or Vail Valley Anglers.

Local’s Tip for DIY Fishing
Stop by the local fly shops and get insider tips on where to go fish. You have options of fishing in several different rivers and lakes. Whether you up for a challenge or the guaranteed bite for beginners, the local fly fishing guides have the best knowledge for where to fish and what to use for your flies.

The Ultimate ATV & Fly Fishing Experience
Sage Outdoor Adventures provides the ultimate Fly-fishing on 7 miles of private water is one-of-a-kind— with its access to the most pristine landscapes, tall trees and cliff sides- takes place on the exclusive Piney River. It’s the “Holy Grail” of fly-fishing rivers intended for experienced fly fishers. “Our main goal is to connect people with nature and hope they disconnect from their daily grind for at least a few minutes,” Tomasic says. “We take people to amazing locations they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get to.” This fly fishing trip is for intermediate to expert fly fishers.

 

HORSEBACK RIDING

One of the best ways to see and experience the Colorado wilderness is on horseback (where you can relax and let your horse do the walking). Horseback riding through green meadows caters to groups of nearly all ages and abilities. You can even

Bearcat Stables, Beaver Creek StablesPiney River Ranch, & Sage Outdoor Adventures, are all great options for tours!

ZIP LINE CLIFF TO CLIFF

The zip line course at Zip Adventures are the first and the best ground-to ground zip lines in the country. 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.

Location: Wolcott

10th MOUNTAIN HUT SYSTEM

An authentic way to enjoy the Colorado mountains is booking a night with the 10th Mountain Division Hut System, a series of shelters set in intervals in a triangle between Vail, Aspen and Leadville. The cabins come with cooking supplies, pre-cut logs to warm the huts in the wood stove, and decks with views that are breathtaking.

The 10th Mountain Huts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that manages a system of 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, connected by 350 miles of suggested routes. We provide a unique opportunity for backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or hiking while staying in secure, comfortable shelter.

The name honors the men of 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors.

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.

Activities & Sports

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

Art in Public Places 2021 Summer Installations & Programs

(Vail, CO) – Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased to announce new murals by artists Olive Moya and the collective duo Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina, as well as Ben Roth’s large-scale interactive installation at Stephens Park Playground for the community to enjoy this summer. OLIVE MOYA Mrs. Charles in the Sun (Ice Bar at Mid-Vail late 1960s), Vail Village Transportation Center P3 by La Cantina Olive Moya combines a wheat pasting...
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Vail Area Hikers Encouraged to Bus It to Hike It

Changes beginning this summer at Vail area trailheads to address overcrowding, safety concerns With parking restrictions to address overcrowding and safety concerns beginning June 2 at popular trailheads in the Vail area, the Town of Vail and the White River National Forest encourage hikers to Bus It to Hike It. The parking area for the Booth Lake Trailhead in Vail will be closed for the summer season. Parking at the Pitkin and Bighorn...
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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile’s long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile’s long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion slated for Aug. 15 Live from the intimate VPAC Rocky Mountain theater in Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, Colo., May 31, 2021— For the first time in nearly a decade, four string virtuosos — Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin — are coming back together for the long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion....
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