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Vail Valley Summer Adventure Guide
Summer is underway, and there are few adventures more exciting than one in the mountains. We've assembled a list of a few of the most exciting activities that you and your loved ones can explore on a trip to nature's most majestic jewel.


Vail is a cyclist’s haven, from epic single-track to screaming gondola accessed downhill, miles of scenic road biking to cruising around Vail’s villages. From beginners to experts, leisure-lovers to thrill-seekers, there’s biking adventures for everyone. The experts at The Sebastian Base Camp will fit you for all your adventures and even give you some local tips for finding the sweet spot you’re looking for. Have your own bike? Stay tuned at Base Camp to guarantee you more miles of smiles.


With 17 championship golf courses within a 38-mile radius, the Vail Valley offers much more than an unforgettable game of golf; it is truly an extraordinary golf destination. There are few places in the world where the game of golf can be played in such astounding natural beauty. Here, hospitality, impeccably manicured greens, spectacular backdrops, and a love of the game come together to bring you a golfing experience unlike any other.


Hiking in Vail during the summer should not be missed. With dozens of trailheads just minutes from town, hiking in Vail has proven to be the most traditional and pleasurable way to enjoy the mountain. To enjoy the full experience of the mountains, spend the day hiking any of the hundreds of miles of trails through the National Forest. The trails are easy to access from Vail and each trail offers its own spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We suggest you pack a backpack with snacks, water, and a camera and wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable shoes and light layers for the most enjoyable experience. Stop by the concierge for recommendations and inside local secrets and favorite trails.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Stroll through the highest botanical garden in the world. At 8,200 feet, the garden offers an assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens, and waterfalls. Open year-round, daily, from dawn until dusk with peak flower season from June through August. Admission is free.

Fly Fishing:

The Vail Valley is home to gold medal water and is a fly fisherman’s dream. An array of fly fishing streams, rivers, beaver ponds, crystal clear lakes are all within easy striking distance from Vail. Fish the epic waters of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Gore River and an endless list of high alpine lakes. Walk & Wade and Float trips available for all ages and skill levels and both include hands-on instruction.

Whitewater Rafting & Float Trips

Melting snow off the mountains fills our rivers and makes for great water play. Test your skill at whitewater rafting on the Shoshone River through the narrow Glenwood Canyon. This popular summer adventure is fun for the whole family. The continuous Class III rapids ease after a few miles followed by Class II whitewater as 1,500-foot canyon walls tower above you. Swimming opportunities come available downstream as the warm Colorado air makes the cool Colorado River very inviting. Want the scenery without the big whitewater? Floating along the Upper Colorado River is the trip for you. This float trip is great for young families with ages as young as two-years-old. This gentle trip allows parents to relax without feeling like they need a hand on the little ones the whole time Class I-II rapids give some splashing opportunities and tons of swimming opportunities.


Enjoy a guided half-day trip on the beautiful Upper Colorado River. Paddle your own sit-on-top whitewater kayak through Class I & II whitewater. All transportation, equipment, and training provided by your expert guide.

Horseback Riding

From pony rides to cattle round-ups, gallop through stands of aspen trees and breathe in the refreshing Colorado air. Enjoy stunning scenery, nature and the sounds and sights of horseback riding in the Vail Valley. Every ride covers beautiful terrain, offering breathtaking views and incredible photo opportunities to view wildlife.

Zip Line Adventures

For a more unique view of beautiful Colorado, soar through the mountains, above the trees, and across streams on a zip line ride that will make your heart race. And there’s only one place in Colorado where you can enjoy the pristine mountains, beautiful trees, and raging rivers while zipping 30 miles per hour over a rugged canyon: Zip Adventures at 4 Eagle Ranch. Soar like an eagle 100-200 feet above the floor of Alkali Canyon on one of six zip lines ranging from 150 - 1000 feet in length.

Jeep & ATV Tours

Off-roading is an exciting way to explore the valley and mountainside. Numerous backcountry Jeep tours are available throughout the Vail Valley. Learn local history, view scenic wildflowers and mountain ranges or enjoy an afternoon team-building activity with a Jeep scavenger hunt. ATV tours are also available if you want to do all the driving. All ATV guests will receive a full training session prior to setting out on the adventure.

Adventure Ridge

Adventure Ridge atop Vail Mountain features fun activities for all ages making it perfect for Colorado family vacations. Enjoy activities like climbing, disc golf and tubing or just take in the views while eating BBQ on Talon’s Deck. Don’t miss the high-altitude family happy hour, Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) with live music, lawn games, and a great sunset view over the valley.

Lodge at Vail

With Great Summer rates, at luxurious lodges make this summer an adventure you and your loved ones will remember forever. We love the Lodge at Vail, and with their incredible summer rates and their incredible location in the middle of Vail Village, we know you'll love your stay with them too!

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