Vail has been put on the map for the incredible, world-renown skiing and snow boarding. Our village is reminiscent of a European wonderland in the winter. However, summer in the mountains can be just as incredible! We have warm weather (minus the humidity) and a plethora of sunny days. What do you do in a ski town in the summer? LOTS!
Here is a list of some of our favorite outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer – American Ski Exchange approved. Come on in and grab some sunscreen, a Vail hat, and Vail T shirt and enjoy!
Tube the Gore Creek
Stop on into American Ski Exchange and rent a durable and high-quality rafting tube! Don’t forget to also grab one of our life jackets! It is sure to be hours of entertain ment for all ages! We recommend starting in East Vail and tubing down the Gore past the Vail Golf Course. Wave hello to some of the golfers as you take in the sights of the gorgeous mountains. Rough a few little rapids and make sure to end your excursion by the International Bridge in Vail Village. That way, you get to enjoy the creek where they usually host the Go-Pro Games! Plus, the rapids get a little more intense if you go past this point!
Hike Vail Mountain
The views on Vail Mountain are just as incredible in the summer as they are in the winter. Plus, you can get lost in fields of beautiful wildflowers. Pack a backpack with a picnic and treat yourself to a snack with panoramic mountain views!
Go Horseback Riding
Sage Outdoor Adventures: https://sageoutdooradventures.com/horse-back-riding/
Vail Stables: https://vailstables.com/horseback-rides/
Lakota Guides: https://lakotaguides.com/activities/horseback-riding/
Channel your inner John Wayne or Clint Eastwood and act like you are in a Colorado Western movie! There are a number of companies that offer horseback tours. Need a romantic and relaxing date for two, they can do that! If you are coming with a large company group or on a family vacation, they can also do group trips! There are a number of beautiful trails to choose from guided by your own knowledgeable guide! This is also a great idea for a Western style bridesmaid party – for the rustic and low-key bride! (We have had friends who have done it!)
Play a Round of Golf at the Vail Golf Course
Vail Golf Course: http://vailclubhouse.com/
Play a round of golf with incredible views of the Gore Range. This golf course has been recognized by Golf Digest as a “Top 100 Resort Course.” This golf course boasts a total of 6,766 yards. Perfect your golf swing and watch your golf ball fly through the thin Colorado air. Spend some quality time with friends before enjoying a nice dinner at one of Vail’s incredible first-class restaurants.
Jeep and ATV Tours
Lakota Guides: https://lakotaguides.com/activities/offroad-adventures/
Lakota Guides: https://lakotaguides.com/activities/atv-tours/
Sage Outdoor Adventures: https://sageoutdooradventures.com/side-by-side-atv/
Go for a wild ride in either a Jeep or on an ATV tour. Whether it is in a group or on a private tour, it is bound to be loads of fun! Take in the sights, wildlife, and wildflow ers that Colorado has to offer!
Anderson’s Fish Camp: http://www.andersonsfishcamp.com/
For those of you who love to fish, or want to learn how to fish, there is incredible fly fishing in the Vail Valley. There is nothing more peaceful than wading the Eagle or Colorado Rivers while casting your fly. Float trips are also a blast with a group of friends or family. A locally owned and operated business is Anderson’s Fish Camp. Learn how to cast the perfect cast by this long-time local husband and wife guide team – Cooper and Katie. They offer a variety of guided Colorado fly fishing adventures! Find the one that is right for you, your family, or your group!