The real question when it comes to staying active in the Vail Valley isn’t what to do… It’s how to fit it all in.
During the spring and summer, conditions are perfect for hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, golfing and camping. Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains offer trails that are classified according to difficulty, and countless trails weave through the national forest land that surrounds the Vail Valley. The Holy Cross Ranger District alone maintains 225 miles of U.S. Forest Service trails. Plus, more than 300 species of wildflowers abound at all elevations in the Vail Valley during the summer months, brightening the valley vista with an array of color.
The area also features 15 golf courses, some designed by such legends as Palmer, Fazzio, Irwin and Nicklaus. A combination of traditional links courses and mountain courses gives golfers of all skill levels a unique and challenging experience.
Fall brings about spectacular foliage. It’s an ideal time for fly fishing, hot-air balloon rides, horseback riding or a Jeep tour. Many summertime activities can still be enjoyed well into the fall.
Come winter, the Vail Valley turns into a snow-covered wonderland. Cross-county skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowboarding, skiing and much more can be experienced in what is known throughout the world as the premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts. With 5,289 skiable acres, Vail Mountain is consistently rated the top ski resort in the world. Beaver Creek is among the top ten ski resorts in North America, and is renowned for its commitment to groom at least one-third of the entire mountain daily.
There are plenty of options for adventure on the slopes and in the towns of the Vail Valley all year round.