10 of our favorite summer activities in Vail!
What better way to experience the beautiful scenery, smell the wildflowers and spot the wildlife than on your own two feet? With nearly 25 miles of hiking trails for all abilities on and around the mountain, there is no shortage of routes to take in amazing views. Local’s favorite: Berrypicker Trail. Don’t forget to stop up top at Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest for a quick bite or beverage on the patio with amazing views of 14,000-foot Mount of the Holy Cross.
Stretching from the far east-end of the county to the west, Eagle County boasts arguably some of the best mountain biking in the state, and perhaps across the country. On the mountain alone, Vail offers more than 50 miles of green, blue and black freeride trails. From serious climbing and downhill biking to guided mountain bike tours and road riding, Vail offers something for everyone looking to see more and explore.
Every Sunday from June 15 through October 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, enjoy cruising up and down the promenade that winds through Vail Village; boasting fresh, colorful produce, local food and art vendors, jazzy tunes and samples galore. Sound words of advice: bring your recyclable totes, cash and an appetite.
Ford Amphitheater Events
This beautiful outdoor venue plays host to a wide variety of events all summer long. Named in NPR’s “10 Can’t-Miss Classical Music Festivals,” Bravo! Vail brings the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic to the Rocky Mountains as well as a roster of world-renowned guest artists.
Local favorite free concert series, Hot Summer Nights, offers up everything from bluegrass to classic rock to funk and beyond starting June 17. While past highlights include Karl Denson, Leftover Salmon and Toad the Wet Sprocket, this year’s lineup includes performances from Freddy Jones Band, The Revivalists, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and more.
There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a splash of that cool Colorado water on your face. Get your thrills (and your spills) on the Eagle, Colorado or Arkansas rivers while whitewater rafting, an exhilarating experience like no other. Half-day, full-day and multi-day trips are available for beginner to advanced paddlers.
Become truly immersed in the natural beauty of the tall alpines, crystal clear waters and gorgeous flora and fauna that are nearly everywhere in the Rocky Mountains by spending a night or two in a tent and under the stars. From Gore Creek Campground at the boundary of Eagle’s Nest Wilderness to Sylvan Lake in the White River National Forest, there are literally hundreds of places to pitch a tent in the Vail Valley. Whether you’re looking for a rustic experience or a family campground, our state and national parks provide some truly gorgeous areas for you to get out in the woods and enjoy.
Brunch at Game Creek Restaurant
Enjoy a world-class, five-star on-mountain dining experience at Game Creek Restaurant, located just below Eagle’s Nest and just above the Game Creek Chairlift. Starting June 26 through August 30, guests can dine for Sunday brunch from 11am-2pm or drinks/dinner/apps Thursday through Saturday from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Travel via gondola, foot or a scenic horseback ride.
Grab that fly rod, reel and casting line, and get ready to catch some of the best trout you’ve ever tasted. Young or old experienced rangler or rookie, fly fishing has become a past-time favorite to fishermen and women who enjoy the getting out into the wilderness and on the water to enjoy the serene sights and sounds of nature. Many local shops like Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, which offers free lessons at 10:30 am in Lionshead right by the Eagle Bahn Gondola every day during the summer, Fly Fishing Outfitters and Minturn Anglers, offer full- and half-day trips, so be sure to check them out and book your memorable fishing experience on the Colorado waters today.
GoPro Mountain Games
Professionals and amateurs alike participate in this annual thrilling, fun-filled, animated competition of kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, rafting, trail running and slacklining. Don’t miss the GoPro Mountain Games June 5 through 8 for a celebration of adventure sports, art and music.
When it comes to celebrating those stars and stripes on America’s birthday, look no further than Vail. Time honored traditions include a colorful display of fireworks, a parade with performances by the infamous lawn chair orchestra and more, live music, beer garden and food vendors. Escape the heat, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many activities that the mountains offer.