Things To Do in the Vail Valley

It might be easier to find things not to do in Vail Valley than things to do in Vail Valley. The Vail Valley has a bit of every activity you can think of ... well, ok, maybe not surfing. If you have a lot of energy, as most locals and visitors do, you can avoid down time like the plague if you want! And because of the plethora of Vail Valley activities, it might be a smart idea to make a plan as to what you want to experience.

Are you ready? From a to z: alpine coaster riding, ATVing, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, kayaking, shopping, skiing, snowboarding, walking, whitewater rafting, ziplining. Oh there’s more! Tennis, pickleball, camps and crafts, golf, disc golf and foot golf, rock climbing and even cemetery tours.

The Vail Valley hosts hundreds of festivals and events throughout the year, from free music concerts to ticketed dance festivals. Check out the International Dance Festival, for example, as a Vail activity. Attend one of Beaver Creek's activities that will leave you inspired, the World Alpine Ski Championships. Wander through the Minturn Market. Consider trying out a rafting trip on the Eagle River, one of the most sought after Avon activities. Head out to a world-class golf course for an Edwards activity. Ever been to a mushroom festival, mountain bike races, the county fair or a rodeo? You can do all those Vail Valley activities, not to mention a mountain games events and adventures and food and wine festivals … a little bit of the New West combined with the historic Old West. Truly, there's never a dull moment.

More Vail Valley Things to Do

Beyond all of the outdoor adventures that beckon, there are tons of other Vail Valley things to do. Other popular Eagle activites are heading to a luxurious spa or making a visit to the local museum. The fishing ponds feature as a perfect Gypsum activity, or there's the distillery in Dotsero or Up Valley fine dining. Make a visit to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum or Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. Of course, most people think of snow sports as the principal Vail Valley activity, but the beauty of a visit here is that there are so many other things to do that appeal to families, non-skiers, summer visitors and curious locals. Take a look, make a list, set a plan and try, we dare you, to fit it all in. Can’t get to it all? No worries, just plan a return trip to finish up all the things to do in Vail Valley.

Things To Do in Vail Valley by Area

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Things To Do in Vail Valley by Category

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company

227 Bridge Street, Vail
(970) 524-2580

Named with a nod to the famed 10th Mountain Division soldiers who trained nearby to fight historic mountain battles in WWII, Vail's 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is a premier distillery with a beautiful tasting room that overlooks Gore Creek in Vail Village. Here you'll be able to taste and purchase the company's whiskey, vodka, cordial and moonshine products crafted from locally sourced ingredients.... read more

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Alpine Arts Center

280 Main Street, Unit C-101, Edwards
(970) 926-2732

Alpine Arts Center is a hub of creativity located smack dab in the middle of the Vail Valley. For those who want to try their hand at artistic mediums such as ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry making, painting, photography, sculpture and general arts and crafts, the center offers an array of classes, workshops and drop-in sessions for artists of all levels and ages. If you're... read more

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Avon Recreation Center

90 Lake Street, Avon
(970) 748-4060

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation programs and services available through affordable daily rates, punch cards and monthly memberships, the center is accessible to locals and visitors alike. The 40,000-square-foot facility has space for birthday parties, sports leagues and fitness classes, and childcare is available. The aquatics center is a popular feature, with a five-lane lap pool,... read more

The Avon Rec Center is at the core of the Avon community. With all-inclusive recreation... read more

iV Bars Incorporated

27 Main Street, Suite C-104 E, Edwards
(970) 446-6374

If you're looking to get on the right track health-wise, check out IV bars located in Edwards. Here you can try out a variety of different vitamin drips to boost your health. The IV bar offers various cocktails such a performance drip, which is best used for extreme sports, a rehydration drip, which helps fight jet lag, fatigue and illness, and rejuvenate, which helps your... read more

If you're looking to get on the right track health-wise, check out IV bars located... read more

Mountain Resort Concierge

PO Box 2953, Vail
(970) 460-4719

Mountain Resort Concierge is a luxury management company that offers one-stop shopping for all of your vacation needs. The goal of the company is to exceed the expectations of customers by providing an all-in-one hospitality experience. Just book your accommodations, and Mountain Resort Concierge will contract third party vendors to handle the details. Services range from restaurant reservations to plane flights, child care to concert... read more

Mountain Resort Concierge is a luxury management company that offers one-stop shopping for all of... read more

Nova Guides

7088 Highway 24, Red Cliff
(719) 486-2656

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red Cliff is your one-stop spot. During the summer take a jeep or ATV tour, enjoy whitewater rafting or fishing or even try out the popular paintball. In winter take a guided snowmobile tour or a top of the Rockies tour in a snow coach. In addition Nova Guides has a... read more

If you're looking to enjoy a wide array of classic Colorado activities, Nova Guides in Red... read more

Portofino Jewelry

240 Chapel Place, Unit B117, Avon
(970) 949-1404

Shop for something special for someone special (even if that someone is you) at Portofino Jewelry. This is a great spot to find one-of-a-kind and handmade pieces, or you can DIY it and make your own jewelry with their large selection of beads and charms. You can also shop for engagement and wedding rings, watches and fashion jewelry. If they don't have the perfect piece... read more

Shop for something special for someone special (even if that someone is you) at Portofino... read more

Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

175 Main Street, Unit C-106, Edwards
(970) 926-1006

Satisfy a creative urge at Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads, which features a wide array of gemstones and beads along with individual and group instruction. If you’re not up for crafting your own trinkets, choose from the store’s selection of regionally made jewelry. The shop also hosts fun-filled activities for kids' parties and other gatherings.

Synergy Center for Wellness

160 W. Beaver Creek Road, Avon
(970) 748-1911

Your muscles are bound to shake and burn in the best possible way at this fitness studio. While group and private Pilates classes are Synergy's signature offering, they also teach classes in the M.E.L.T method, barre and TRX and offer a host BASI Pilates teacher-training courses. They offer 60 - and 90-minute massages and have a small retail section with yoga and Pilates apparel.  

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Your muscles are bound to shake and burn in the best possible way at this... read more

Vail Valley Escape Room

110 E. Beaver Creek Boulevard, Suite 201, Avon
(970) 949-6275

For those looking to immerse themselves in an interactive adventure, Vail Valley Escape Room is not to be missed. Participants will be put inside what appears to be just a regular room, but is actually an interactive puzzle filled with hidden objects and clues. The goal is for the team inside the room to use all of their senses to ultimately solve a mystery in... read more

For those looking to immerse themselves in an interactive adventure, Vail Valley Escape Room is... read more

Vail Wheel Base

610 W. Lionshead Circle, Vail
(970) 476-5799

Since 1992 Vail Wheel Base has been providing both front and full-suspension mountain bikes, downhill bikes, free-ride bikes, kids' bikes, child carts and hybrid and comfort bikes. This family-owned operation also offers customized tours, ranging from family friendly to high adventure and challenging. You also rent a full line of bikes as well as purchase accessories in the store. Stop by the friendly shop, right in... read more

Since 1992 Vail Wheel Base has been providing both front and full-suspension mountain bikes, downhill... read more

Vilar Performing Arts Center

68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek
(970) 845-8497

Located right in the heart of gorgeous Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a year-round theater that presents Broadway musicals, concerts, dance, comedy shows and other live events. The 535-seat theater offers an intimate and inviting space that boasts high-quality acoustics and unobstructed views. The center also offers community programs as well as facility rentals.