10 of our favorite summer activities in Vail!

May. 27, 2013

Hikes in Vail, CO


  • 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. 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.



  • Mountain bike trails on Vail MountainStretching 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 trails to connect tires with track…single track, that is. 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.  


Vail Farmer’s Market

  • The largest farmers' market in ColoradoEvery Sunday 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.


Hot Summer Nights Concerts

  • Live concerts and events in Vail, CONothing says summer like free live music at Ford Amphitheater while watching the sunset on the Gore with the grass between your toes and a cold beverage in hand. Every Tuesday starting June 18, enjoy everything from bluegrass to classic rock to funk and beyond. 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. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. 



  • Summer adventures in the Vail ValleyThere’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.   



  • Piney Lake, Vail, COBecome 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

  • Brunch at Vail's Game Creek RestaurantEnjoy 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 20 through September 1, guests can dine for Sunday brunch from 11am-2pm or drinks/dinner/apps Thursday through Saturday form 5:30pm-8:30pm. Travel via gondola, foot or a scenic horseback ride.


Fly fish

  • america-cup-fly-fishing-tournament-vail-coGrab 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 xxam outside of the Solaris 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.


Photo by: Zach Mahone

GoPro Mountain Games

  • Slopestyle bike comp at the GoPro Summer Mountain Games in VailProfessionals 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 6 through 9 for a celebration of adventure sports, art and music.


America Days – 4th of July

  • 4th of July celebration in Vail, ColoradoWhen 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 help ring in the culmination of Vail’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.