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!
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.
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 gondola schedule before you go. Vail Gondola Schedule & Beaver Creek Gondola Schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Are you planning a winter sports getaway to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? The ski resorts in Vail Valley, Summit County, and Aspen/Snowmass are some of the world's most sought-after destinations for skiing and snowboarding, drawing over 12 million visitors annually. However, visiting a new destination can be daunting, especially when traveling with family or a group of friends. There are many things to consider ahead of time to ensure a great...
Enjoy a free one-hour public art tour of Vail on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting January 4 through April 5, 2023 with the Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places. Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure.
The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the...
Celebrating 25 years of world-class entertainment in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is once again getting audiences in the holiday spirit with festive performances through the New Year. On Friday, Dec. 23, all-brass chamber group Canadian Brass take the VPAC stage with Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei for a Holiday Spectacular.
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian...