Summer First Timer

Summer Vibes

There is so much to do in the summer months in the Vail Valley – and most of it will take you outdoors to play in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Insider Tip: Though the weather is warmer, Colorado summers bring varied weather conditions at higher elevation. Be sure to pack water, sunscreen, a raincoat and do not wear cotton. Wear clothing that can wick away moisture.

HIKE

Grab a good pair of shoes and hit the trails! There is a hike for everyone and a range of options taking hikers through wildflower fields, under canopies of shimmering aspen tree leaves, and to the top of mountain peaks. Here are some to get you started:

  • Village Loop is an easy trail from Beaver Creek Village. It can range from 1 to 6 miles, roundtrip and provides a lot of options and potential bailout points. Combine it with Buddy’s Way to make a loop, or more ambitious hikers can hit Aspen Glade, along with Cinch, Allie’s Way and the Overlook Trail to add more adventure.
  • Overlook Trail is 3.5 miles one way. Find this trail at the base of Beaver Creek near the Centennial Express Lift to hike your way into the aspen and pine trees. The trail is a 2,000-foot uphill challenge with some switchbacks that help moderate some of the ascent. Toward the top, hikers are rewarded with views of the ski resort and peaks in the Sawatch Range. Once at Spruce Saddle Lodge, hikers can stop for a bite to eat or a drink. The hike back down is optional — you can save your knees and some time by jumping in a gondola car on the Centennial Express Chairlift for a free ride back to the village (weather permitting). Make sure the chairlift is open that day before counting on a ride down.
  • Piney River Falls begins at Lower Piney River Trailhead at Piney River Ranch. Head out of the valley for one of the most beautiful destinations in the state that can be accessed by a car (with high clearance). Drive up to Piney Lake, located 11 miles out of town from Red Sandstone Road, and park at the trailhead to start out on this 6-mile trip to the falls and back. The trail stays along Piney Lake, then heads into an open meadow and up into the forest. At every fork, stay right, and once you reach an overlook point looking back at the valley and the lake, you’re about 15 minutes from the falls.

Insider Tip: Remember that you are hiking at a higher elevation so be sure to pack plenty of food and water.

BIKE

Winter or summer, spring or fall, this is one sport that spans them all. Paved trails along the Eagle River provide smooth pedaling for people of all ages and abilities, while dirt trails winding down mountainsides range from beginner to advanced (with or without chairlift access — your choice). Trails like Haymaker in Eagle are open to bikes year-round.

Rent bikes at such shops as Venture Sports, Base Mountain Sports, Charter Sports and Vail or Beaver Creek Sports.

HORSEBACK RIDE

Enjoy an hour, or more, taking in the Colorado Rocky Mountain scenery. Bearcat Stables offers horseback rides starting in June and going into the fall. These horseback rides at Bearcat Stables depart from the Bearden Homestead. The terrain is easily navigable for your excursion and can be enjoyed by people of nearly all ages and skill levels. Each ride is limited to eight guests to ensure a quality horseback ride experience. Love horseback riding? Try a 4-day adventure from Vail to Aspen, or an all day camp for the kids.

FLY FISHING

Fly-fishing can be a year-round activity in the mountains. Learn to fly-fish, or perfect your cast, through outfitters like Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, Nova Guides, or Sage Outdoor Adventures.

LOOKING FOR MORE ADVENTURE?

Vail Mountain has built the ultimate play adventure area at Eagle’s Nest. The summer months bring Epic Discovery, which includes zip lines, alpine coaster, bungee trampolines and several ropes courses.

See the summer adventurer’s page for more ideas.

INFORMATION CENTERS

Vail Welcome Center: Located on the top deck (level 4) of the Vail Village parking garage and in the new Welcome Center on the lower level at the southwest corner of the Lionshead parking garage, the welcome centers have numerous publications, maps and information on Vail.

Beaver Creek Guest Services: Whether you’re seeking hours of operation, Dial-a-Ride Transportation, activity information or general recommendations, BC Guest Services is here to make your vacation as seamless as possible.

Insider Tip: If you are looking for deals, we know where to find them. Grab the local newspaper, the Vail Daily, as soon as you arrive in the valley. It will have all the local specials running during your vacation and range from spas to restaurants and activities.

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

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