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 thrilling and exploratory activites with Epic Discovery 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.
Epic Discovery Summer in the mountains is taking on a whole new feel with Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain. Immerse yourself in nature, challenge yourself with thrilling activities like the Forest Flyer, Game Creek Aerial Adventure, ziplines and adventure courses. But that is only half the fun. Explore our natural playground, stand where founders Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton did, and learn about local flora and fauna with Epic Discovery’s learn through play elements. For more information visit Vail.com/epicdiscovery.
Golf The Vail Valley is renowned for its many unique and intriguing mountain courses—13 at last count. Our concierge will be more than happy to arrange a tee time for you at any of the other world-class Vail Valley courses. Or take advantage of professional instruction available at Red Sky Golf Club. For more information, please contact our concierge.
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 about rafting options in Vail visit Vail.com or please contact our concierge.
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 about fishing in Vail visit vail.com or please contact our concierge.
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 Western adventure. Play, eat, or just plain relax and enjoy a taste of the Old West with a bit of new spice. For more information, please contact our concierge.
Vail's Top-of-the-Mountain tours Let an experienced guide drive around Vail Mountain in a comfortable off road vehicle. See Vail’s legendary Back Bowls, the Gore Range nd Mount of the Holy Cross in a guided, open-air adventure. You will learn about Vail's ecosystem and geology from your personal tour guide. The loop begins at Eagle's Nest and winds up an around Vail mountain and loops back to Adventure Ridge. For more information about Vail’s Top-of-the-Mountain-Tour visit Vail.com.
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! For more information about mountain biking trails and offerings visit Vail.com or please contact our concierge.
Sporting Clays 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 more information, please contact our concierge.
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 Vail is home to numerous tennis facilities. Hit the court for some exercise or take lessons from a tennis professional! Interested in tournaments, classes or private lessons? Explore all of Vail’s tennis court locations and tennis offerings available through the Vail Recreation District, or visit Vail.com for more information.