Vail summer activities

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With 300 days of sunshine and a perfect average summer temperature of 76 degrees F there’s nothing like escaping to the Rockies to beat the city heat and experience the picturesque mountains in their summertime splendor.

Vail summer vacationers can choose from world-class golf, hiking, horseback riding or cross-country biking through epic fields of wildflowers in the Back Bowls, exhilarating downhill mountain biking trails, whitewater rafting or SUPing and road biking over the renowned Vail Pass—to name a few.

Hiking | Mountain biking | Gondola rides | Fly fishing | Paragliding | Whitewater rafting | Horseback riding | Hot-air balloon rides | Golf

Hiking in Vail

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Hiking on Vail Mountain the most traditional and one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy the mountain in the summer. Whether you opt to explore one of Vail’s lift-served trails or one of the many trails that surround the valley, Vail offers numerous world-class hiking trails. Here are some of Vail’s top spots to explore afoot:

Big Horn Creek Trail

Length: 3.6 Miles One Way Difficulty: Moderately Difficult Location: Take I-70 east from Vail and exit at 180 East Vail. Take an immediate right. Proceed south to the frontage road for one mile until you reach Columbine Drive. Take a left and continue to the end. The road goes under the interstate. There is a small parking lot at the end.

Booth Creek Trail

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Length: 6 Miles One Way Difficulty: Difficult Directions: To reach the Booth Creek Trail, you need to travel on I-70 to East Vail which is exit 180. Exit here and turn left which goes under the interstate. Take the north Frontage Road to Book Creek Road. Turn right and continue to the end. Ample parking is located at the trailhead.Photo: Brendan Bombaci/Flickr

Cross Creek Trail

Length: 15.5 Miles One Way Difficulty: Easy to Difficult Directions: From Vail, take I-70 west and go to Exit 171 which is the Minturn Exit. Highway 24 leads you to Minturn. Drive four miles until Tigiwon Road. Turn right at Tigiwon and drive to the trailhead, which is roughly two miles.

Deluge Creek Trail

Length: 4 Miles One Way Difficulty: Difficult Directions: Take I-70 east to Exit 180. Turn right on South Frontage Road. Go to Gore Creek Campground. There is a parking lot at the trailhead. Please don't park in the nearby campground.

Fall Creek Trail

Length: North Trailhead: 9 Miles One Way Difficulty: Moderate Directions: Travel west on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy 24. Exit here and turn right onto Hwy 24. For the North trailhead you need to proceed four miles to Tigiwon Road. Turn right onto Tigiwon Road and go eight miles of dirt road. For the South trailhead, proceed 12 miles on Hwy 24 to Homestake Road # 703. Turn right and travel eight miles on Homestake Road to the Holy Cross City jeep road # 759. Park here and walk about two miles up the road to the trailhead. NOTE: this jeep road is very rough and should not be attempted unless you have a 4-wheel drive with a winch.

Fancy Pass Trail

Length: 2 Miles to Fancy Lake, 2.5 Miles to Fancy Pass, 3.25 Miles to Treasure Lake Difficulty: Difficult Directions: Take I-70 west to Exit 171 for Minturn. Get on highway 24 and proceed 12 miles to Homestake Road. Turn right and go to Road 0704. Drive three miles to the trailhead, which will be on your left.

Gore Creek Trail

Length: 6.4 Miles Difficulty: Difficult Directions: Take 1-70 east and exit 180 to East Vail. Take a right at the bottom of the off ramp and continue on this road. Stop at the trailhead which is at the top the road.

Grouse Lake Trail

Length: 5 Miles Difficulty: Difficult Directions: Take 1-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn and Leadville. Travel on Highway 24 for mile. You will spot the trailhead as it is across the highway from the Meadow Mountain Business Park.

Half Moon Pass Trail

Length: 3.75 miles one way Difficulty: Difficult Directions: Take I-70 west from Vail and Exit 171 to Minturn and Leadville. You will now be on highway 24. Drive five miles and pass through Minturn. Turn right on Tigiwon Road. Continue 8 miles to the end. Park in the parking area at the end of the road.

Missouri Lakes Trail

Length: 3 miles one way Difficulty: Moderate Directions: Take 1-70 out of Vail to Exit 171 for Minturn and Leadville. Drive for 14 miles to Homestake Road #703 Turn right onto Homestake Road and continue for 7.5 miles to Road #704. Turn right onto Road #704 and continue for about 1.5 miles. The trailhead is on the left, next to Missouri Creek.

Mountain biking in Vail

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Vail is an amazing location for mountain biking. Miles of scenic trails are accessible via the Eagle Bahn, and the fitness-minded can always bypass the lift and ride up the mountain. With plenty of trails for every type of bike rider, Vail offers mountain biking trails that provide adventure, challenge and enjoyment for families, first timers, experts and everyone in between.

Don't have a bike? No problem. Rent bikes, helmets and other gear from the Vail Sports locations in Vail Village and Lionshead or one of many other local shops. To get to the top of the mountain, you can purchase a special bike haul ticket for the gondola. Mountain biking around Vail is the perfect way to add a memorable experience to your summer vacation!

Gondola rides in Vail

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Take a scenic ride up to the top of Vail Mountain via the Eagle Bahn while you take in the gorgeous scenery. A ride up the Eagle Bahn transports you to a world of mountain peaks, wildflowers, Adventure Ridge family activities, the on-mountain Eagle’s Nest restaurants and more.

Lifts typically operate early June through Labor Day, and into early October on the weekends.

Fly fishing in Vail

Nothing is as rewarding as casting a fly line to eager trout and then hooking into the "big one.” A fisher’s dream, Vail Valley is home to gold- medal water. A large selection of fly-fishing streams, rivers, beaver ponds, crystal clear lakes are all within easy striking distance to Vail. You can fish the epic waters of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Gore River and an endless list of high-alpine lakes. There are several fly fishing companies around town that will be happy to help you select some flies, or take you out on a guided fly-fishing excursion.

Paragliding in Vail

Nothing compares to the rush of taking those first steps while catching air on a paragliding trip. What better place to soar like a bird than over the beautiful Vail Valley? Take in the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery from above in a tandem, guided paraglide session.

Whitewater rafting in Vail

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing float down the river or the rush of roaring rapids, Vail’s whitewater rafting guides can help you achieve your Rocky Mountain river dreams. All levels, first-timers to experienced rafters, are welcome. Bring clothing you don't mind getting wet and Vail will provide the adventure.

Horseback riding in Vail

Trot through groves of aspen trees and breathe in the clean Colorado air as you horseback ride in Vail. Exploring the Rocky Mountains on horseback provides a more idyllic pace and the opportunity take in every wildflower and mountain vista. Horseback riding trips in Vail are a favorite summer activity for families, groups and couples. Enjoy stunning scenery, nature and the sounds and sights of horseback riding in Vail, Colorado.

Hot-air balloon rides in Vail

Make your dream of seeing the Rocky Mountains from a hot air balloon a reality while on your Vail vacation. Your balloon adventure will provide you with spectacular 100-mile panoramic mountain views of Colorado's Gore Range, Sawatch, Holy Cross Wilderness, Ten Mile Range and of course the Vail Valley.

Golf in Vail

Play golf in the cool mountain air of the Vail Valley and experience what golfing at high altitude is all about. Your tee shots are guaranteed to go 15 percent farther! Check out the list of golf courses in the Vail Valley.

Vail Golf Club

18 holes over 7,024 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal) 1778 Vail Valley Dr Vail, CO 81657- 1 mile from the center of Vail.

Red Sky Golf Club

18 holes over 7,113 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 376 Red Sky Rd Wolcott, CO 81655 2 miles from the center of Vail.

Eagle Springs Golf Club

18 holes over 7,009 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity) 28521 Highway 6 Wolcott, CO 81655- 4 miles from the center of Vail.

Eagle Vail Golf Course

18 holes over 6,819 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 431 Eagle Drive Avon, CO 81620 6 miles from the center of Vail.

Eagle Vail Golf Course

9 holes over 6,819 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 431 Eagle Drive Avon, CO 81620 6 miles from the center of Vail.

Beaver Creek Golf Club

18 holes over 6,646 yards with a par of 70 (Public) 103 Offerson Road Beaver Creek, CO 81620 8 miles from the center of Vail.

Country Club of the Rockies

18 holes over 7,367 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity) 676 Sawatch Dr Edwards, CO 81632 10 miles from the center of Vail.

Sonnenalp Golf Club

18 holes over 7,059 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 1265 Berry Creek Road Edwards, CO 81632 10 miles from the center of Vail.

Club At Cordillera Valley Course

18 holes (Private Equity) 101 Legends Drive Edwards, CO 81632 12 miles from the center of Vail.

Golf Club At Cordillera

9 holes over 1,050 yards with a par of 27 (Public) 100 Kensington Dr Edwards, CO 81632- 14 miles from the center of Vail.

Club At Cordillera Mountain Course

18 holes over 7,413 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 650 Club House Dr Edwards, CO 81632-6422 15 miles from the center of Vail.