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

Bearcat Stables

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
2701 Squaw Creek Road, Edwards
(970) 926-1578

Enjoy a magical outing at Bearcat Stables, which offers summer and winter horse-related activities and a cozy family-style restaurant. During the summer, enjoy guided single-day horseback rides or multi-day outings in the backcountry. When the weather turns cold and snowy, enjoy a romantic sleigh ride or a sleigh ride dinner. Whenever you go, budget in time to peruse the c. 1900s Bearden Homestead, which features historic... read more

Enjoy a magical outing at Bearcat Stables, which offers summer and winter horse-related activities and... read more

Beaver Creek Village Experience

Thing to Do in Vail Valley

On any given day in Beaver Creek Village there are dozens of ways to fill your day. And, often, even when you decide which category of activity you're in for – whether it's an outdoor adventure, shopping and strolling through art galleries or relaxing at a spa – deciding where exactly to go and what to see can feel overwhelming, especially when you're trying to make the... read more

On any given day in Beaver Creek Village there are dozens of ways to fill... read more

Discover Avon

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
(970) 748-4060

Located just 8 miles west of Vail and serving as the gateway to Beaver Creek, Avon is the true heart of the Vail Valley. Longtime locals and guests alike know and love Avon for its quick access to two world-class ski resorts as much for its small-town charm. Whether you're looking for adventure or a day of leisure, Avon has you covered. You can walk,... read more

Located just 8 miles west of Vail and serving as the gateway to Beaver Creek,... read more

Dogma Athletica

Riverwalk at Edwards
Thing to Do in Vail Valley
137 Main Street, Edwards
(970) 688-4433

For more than a decade, Dogma Athletica has worked to bring state-of-the-art, science-based nutrition and physical training programs to its clientele. The high-end fitness center features a weight room, a cycling studio, treadmills and other cardio equipment, a yoga studio and a variety of diagnostic equipment including gait analysis and metabolic testing. It also features a variety of classes tailored to all levels of fitness... read more

For more than a decade, Dogma Athletica has worked to bring state-of-the-art, science-based nutrition and... read more

EagleVail Golf Club

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
459 Eagle Drive, Avon
(970) 949-5267

The EagleVail Golf Club is one of the area’s older courses and was designed by Devlin/Von/Hagge to take advantage of the mountain environment. This par 71, 6189-yard public course offers a good value for residents and visitors alike with early and late season rates as well as twilight rates. Natural challenges abound: rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, forests and gardens. Chill out at the Whiskey Hill... read more

The EagleVail Golf Club is one of the area’s older courses and was designed by... read more

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-4228

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park does a theme park in a way only Colorado can: on top of a mountain. Located in Glenwood Springs (approximately 60 miles west of Vail on I-70), the park makes for a great family-friendly day trip from anywhere in the Vail Valley. The adventure starts right out of the gate with a scenic ride up Iron Mountain in the Glenwood Gondola.... read more

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park does a theme park in a way only Colorado can: on... read more

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
281 Centennial Street, Glenwood Springs
(970) 945-4766

The mineral-rich hot springs that bubble up along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs have been reputed for centuries to have health benefits. Whether or not there is evidence for their ability to heal, it's hard to deny the relaxation benefits from spending an afternoon soaking in a hot springs pool. With 16 naturally shaped soaking pools and a freshwater family pool, all situated right... read more

The mineral-rich hot springs that bubble up along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs have... read more

Maker+Stitch

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
56 Edwards Village Boulevard, Unit 109, Edwards
(970) 569-2744

Maker+Stitch is an artisan goods shop founded by two knitters, Cathryn and Liza. The shop offers beautiful yarns, knitting tools, accessories and handmade goods, all inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Colorado Rockies. While the focus of the shop is yarns and knitting kits, customers can also shop for handmade soaps, books, rugs, gift cards and more. In addition, Maker+Stitch offers several different interactive... read more

Maker+Stitch is an artisan goods shop founded by two knitters, Cathryn and Liza. The shop... read more

Minturn Summer Concert Series

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
Little Beach Park and Amphitheater, 100 Cemetery Road, Minturn
(970) 827-5645

The Minturn Summer Concert Series is a true locals' favorite. The free concerts happen on Thursday nights (rain or shine) in July and August at Little Beach Park and Amphitheater, which is tucked along Gore Creek. The views from the cozy amphitheater practically steal the show from the musicians, and it's the perfect event for the whole family because there's a playground adjacent to the... read more

The Minturn Summer Concert Series is a true locals' favorite. The free concerts happen on... read more

Nova Guides

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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

Piney River Ranch

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail
(303) 905-4439

Piney River Ranch is one of the Vail area's most spectacular summer and fall destinations for outdoor activities, wildlife viewing and relaxing in a peaceful, high alpine lake setting. This 40-acre ranch is about 12 miles from Vail and is surrounded by thousands of acres of backcountry wilderness. Such a setting makes it a standout location for weddings, events, family reunions and romantic getaways. Rustic... read more

Piney River Ranch is one of the Vail area's most spectacular summer and fall destinations... read more

Rocky Mountain Silver and Beads

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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.