Vail is famous for skiing, but for many visitors, summertime is when the valley really comes alive with adventure. Warm, dry days and cool nights offer the perfect climate for playing outside. Plus, there are Vail summer activities for people of all ages! From whitewater rafting to fishing, hiking along Adventure Ridge to horseback riding through the backcountry wilderness, it’s no wonder Vail is one of the most popular family vacation destinations ever. Check out some of the summer mountain activities and adventure highlights below. For more Vail summer activities information, visit the Vail event calendar or contact our concierge team for details or reservations.
Adventure Ridge Located at Eagle’s Nest, on the top of Vail Mountain, Adventure Ridge is the ultimate high-elevation playground. It offers a variety of fun-filled activities for all ages, including dino dig, half-day bike tours, guided hiking tours, orienteering, Frisbee golf, volleyball, bocci, croquet, horseshoes, a BMX course, rebound trampoline, and more.
Golf The Vail Valley is renowned for its many unique and intriguing mountain courses—13 at last count. As a guest of The Lodge at Vail, you'll enjoy an exclusive chance to tee it up at the new, award-winning Red Sky Ranch, with side-by-side courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. Our concierge will be more than happy to arrange a tee time for you at Red Sky Ranch or one of the other world-class Vail Valley courses. Or take advantage of profession instruction available at Red Sky Golf Club. Former PGA Tour Player Larry Rinker, is the Director of Instruction at the Red Sky Golf Academy.
Whitewater Rafting Whether rafting on the famous Arkansas, the nearby Eagle or the popular Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River, you'll experience a rush of adrenaline, a splash or two of clean Rocky Mountain river water, and witness the breathtaking majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from a totally different perspective. According to your preferences, your guide can take you through challenging rapids or a relaxing, lazy float trip. For more information, contact Lakota Guides, call 970-845-RAFT.
Hot-Air Ballooning Skim the tree tops and float through the lush valley surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Rockies with one of Vail's professional ballooning companies. For the best conditions (and the most spectacular views), be prepared for an early start—around 7:30-8 a.m.! To book your hot air balloon trip, visit or call Camelot Balloons at 1-800-785-4743.
Fishing The Vail Valley is packed with exceptional locations for fly fishing. Our seasoned local outfitters can put you on the water where all the action is, with everything you need to land that trophy high country trout. Guides in the area offer first-time casting classes as well as trips for expert anglers into some of the Rocky Mountains' super-secret fishing holes. For more information visit Gore Creek Fly Fisherman or call 970-476-3296.
Horseback Rides, Cattle Drives and Ranches Let us introduce you to the beauty of the high country with a short ride that will take you back a century or more to the romantic time when cowboys and the mountain men first put this little corner of paradise on the map. The Vail Valley is home to many ranches that are ideal for daytime or evening activities. Enjoy a true western barbecue with some of the finest ranch cooking this side of about anywhere. Or try your hand at activities like cattle drives, sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, or fly-fishing. With acres of backcountry wilderness, lots of entertainment, and great food, you've got all the makings for a true Wesstern adventure. Play, eat, or just plain relax and enjoy a taste of the Old West with a bit of new spice! Book your western ranch adventure today through the Lazy J Ranch or 4 Eagle Ranch.
Hummer Tours and ATV Adventures Let an experienced guide drive you through the beautiful Colorado high country in a comfortable four-wheel drive Jeep or Hummer. Enjoy day tours and scenic panoramas of snowcapped peaks, sapphire lakes and meadows full of wildflower blooms. To book your adventure contact Lakota Guides at 970-845-RAFT.
Hiking/Walking Whether you’re an experienced hiker ready to take on one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. Or just looking to take a leisurely stroll through Vail’s Bavarian-inspired village, the Vail Valley offers endless hiking options with unprecedented views and breathtaking sights. Guided services are available if you’d like to get out with someone that knows their way through the many trail systems in the area. For more information, please contact our concierge.
Mountain Biking Mountain biking has become one of Vail's most popular summer outdoor activities. You can rent a variety of bike types at Vail Sports (a rental shop located adjacent to the hotel). Take a leisurely ride along the Eagle River on the bike path, or, ride the Vista Bahn Chair or the gondola up the hill with your bike, and enjoy a scenic ride down one of the many trails, from groomed beginner to technical singletrack. For an extra-challenging workout, bike up one of the mountain trails, as well!
Sporting Clays Just 30 minutes west of Vail our guests can enjoy a state-of-the-art, ten-station "sporting clays" course set in some of Colorado’s most dramatic scenery. Whether you're an adventurous novice needing instruction or a seasoned shooter, this topnotch sporting clays course has something for you. For additional information on Sport Clay shooting at the Lazy J Ranch, call 970-926-3472.
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Explore the beautifully manicured alpine gardens located in Ford Park, just a short walk east of the lodge. For more information on the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, call 970-476-0103.
Tennis The Vail Tennis Center offers a slice of heaven: eight Har-Tru clay courts and four hard courts with the Gore Range as a stunning backdrop. Open dawn to dusk Memorial Day weekend through September 30, the Tennis Center includes a full-service pro shop that rents racquets and courts, offers private lessons and provides clinics for all ages. Throughout summer, VRD runs morning, evening and weekend play for Men, Women, Mixed Doubles and Men 60+, as well as week-long junior camps. For additional information, call 970-479-2294.