The Vail Valley is an amazingly beautiful Colorado experience. It is filled with beautiful scenery, activities, and unrivaled ski resorts that combine to create the ultimate Colorado Rocky Mountain getaway any time of year. Boasting over 300 days a year of sunshine, with an altitude of 8,500 feet, and our dry climate, you'll find plenty of things to do in Vail all year long. From skiing to hiking, shopping to dining, and a plethora of special events, there is truly something for everyone. As you begin planning your vacation to Vail, make sure to check out our list of things to do and events happening in the area. And, make sure to check out our free Vacation Guide with more ideas for Vail attractions including the best restaurants, hiking, skiing, and more.

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Summer Activities

While Vail, CO is recognized worldwide as a premier skiing destination, many visitors will be surprised to know that there is also plenty to do during the warmer months. Once the snow has melted away, a mecca of new and exciting activities will be revealed! Whether you’re in search of a new thrill or a fun adventure for the whole family, your options for memorable excursions are nearly endless.

Here are just some of our favorite Vail, CO things to do in the summer that you’ll surely want to add to your itinerary.

Mountain Landscape. Colorado Wilderness Backcountry Road.

Hiking & Biking

The trails in and around Vail, CO are catered to all skill levels and introduce travelers to some of the most stunning scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Here are just some of our favorite local hiking/biking trails that we’re sure you’ll love just as much as we do.

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Rafting & Kayaking

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like taking a refreshing dip in the cool rivers, creeks, and lakes of Colorado. Whether you’re seeking a heart-pounding thrill or a leisurely excursion, these nearby tours are ideal for a full day of summer fun in Vail.

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The world-class golf courses of Vail, CO provide the perfect opportunity for avid golfers and families to enjoy a lovely morning or afternoon on the green. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery to create the perfect golfing day backdrop.  

horseback riding

Horseback Riding

There are many ways to explore the wonders of Vail, CO, but traveling by horseback is a unique experience that you won’t want to miss. You’ll climb onto the backs of the majestic beasts and see incredible sights not accessible by vehicles.

It’s your perfect opportunity to experience nature at its absolute finest!

Young woman in casual wearing with red helmet riding on a zip line in the mountains. Active kind of recreation


Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies are sure to get their fix on one of Vail’s zipline adventures! Hang on tight and get ready to soar above the wilderness on a fast speed journey that you won’t soon forget.

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Indulge yourself in some much-needed TLC! There are many wonderful spas in our local area that provide a wide variety of relaxing services such as massages, beauty treatments, facials, and body wraps.

Winter Activities

Pack your ski boots and a warm pair of gloves! Many of the best things to do in Vail, CO, are available in the winter, so staying out of the cold simply isn’t an option. Whether you're here for the world-class skiing at Vail Ski Resort or plan to conquer the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies by foot, the possibilities are truly endless!

dog sledding

Dog Sledding

hot springs

Hot Springs

Vail Village

At the nexus of big-city excitement and small-town charm, Vail Village is more than just the gateway to the country’s best winter sports. Take some time to embrace the culture and vitality of the village on your next visit. The gourmet restaurants, high-end shopping, and unique flavor of Vail are all waiting for you!

Festival attendees browsing the different stands and kiosks at a street festival


Additionally, don’t forget to check out our events page to browse the list of amazing seasonal events and festivals that Vail hosts throughout the year!

About Our Area

Vail is 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70 in Eagle County. The area is also easily accessible via the Eagle County Regional Airport, 35 miles to the west. Incorporated in 1966, Vail is one of the leading mountain resort communities in North America. Learn more about the area below!


  • 8,150 feet


  • Average Snowfall: 335+ inches
  • Average Summer Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Average Winter Temperature: 30 degrees Fahrenheit


  • 6,000 full-time and 5,000 part-time residents


The Township of Vail is named after Charlie Vail, a state highway engineer who directed construction of the first highway to enter the area in 1930. Once a sheep-raising and lettuce-growing region, Vail became a premier skiing destination in 1966 when the resort opened. Currently, Vail attracts over a million snow riders every winter.

Where to Stay in Vail, Colorado

No matter where your adventure takes you in Vail Valley, find the ideal vacation rental with Gore Creek Properties. Our luxurious accommodations are equipped with world-class amenities, artful decor, and unbelievable access to all of the best things to do in Vail, CO. For example, our 2625 Bald Mountain Road property in East Vail is the perfect combination of luxury and convenience. This one-bedroom condo features four bedrooms, a private hot tub, a sauna, a fully equipped kitchen, and easy access to the Vail Village shuttle service. Start planning the getaway of your dreams today! 

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to access our complimentary Vacation Guide! You can also contact us with any questions about the area or our properties at (970)-479-2958.  

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