Things To Do in Vail Valley — Summer Activities

With so many Vail Valley summer activities, it’s a good thing the days are long and you have endless energy, right?! Start the day with a latte and consider what's going to be your adventure for the day. Decide if you’re more of a biker or hiker, walker or runner. If motors are more your things, sign up for an off-road adventure in Edwards. Take a jeep tour or get out on an ATV. Float slowly through the air in a hot air balloon to see the Rocky Mountains in an entirely different way. Hop on a horse in Avon for a clip-clop sort of day.

Even in landlocked Colorado, there are plenty of water-based Vail Valley summer activities to dive into. Go for a whitewater rafting or kayaking adventure in Avon, rent standup paddleboards, pedal a pedal boat or borrow a canoe. There are fountains for kids to splish-splash in as well as a few outdoor public pools, such as those in Eagle or Gypsum. Take part in yoga classes in Beaver Creek and crafting classes. Visit a bookstore for best sellers and timeless classics, then find a spot in the sun and get lost in the words. While away the afternoon at one of Vail Valley’s many parks — your kids will have fun, and you can relax. Or hit an area recreation center for family fun out of the sun. Soccer and lacrosse tournaments take place throughout the spring, summer and fall right here in the Vail Valley as well. Participate with a team or check out some great action on the fields.

Summer Activities Mean Vail Valley Fun

After a day full of adventure, it may be time to chill out, which means an entirely different kind of Vail Valley summer activity. Listen to the sounds of an orchestra under the dazzling stars in Vail, or check out a contemporary dance or classic ballet at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Quaint, cute Minturn has a drive-in movie theater on hot summer nights. Farther west, the Down Valley towns of Gypsum and Eagle have outdoor concerts throughout the summer. Libraries offer books, obviously, but also so much more with their summer programs of music, magic and various other programs and lectures.

Take a short hike and have a quiet moment of reflection overlooking the river. Get an ice cream cone at one of the many farmers’ market that simply overflow with nature’s bounty, artisan crafts and tasty vittles. One thing is for sure, things to do in Vail Valley during the summer abound. Get to it!

Summer Activities in Vail Valley by Area

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Things To Do in Vail Valley by Category

Bearcat Stables

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Discover Avon

Vail Valley Summer Activity
(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

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Minturn Summer Concert Series

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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.

Sage Outdoor Adventures

Vail Valley Summer Activity
641 Lionshead Place, Vail
(970) 476-3700
17 Ranch Road, Wolcott
(970) 476-3700

Whether it's your first time visiting the Vail Valley or you're a seasoned regular in the area, Sage Outdoor Adventures has you covered for summer and winter off-the-beaten-path Rocky Mountain adventures. With three whitewater rafting river outposts and a vast, 6,000-acre mountain ranch 25 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, Sage offers year-round outdoor fun. Other Sage adventures include snowmobiling, ATV tours, clay shooting and... read more

Whether it's your first time visiting the Vail Valley or you're a seasoned regular in... read more

The Bookworm

Riverwalk at Edwards
Vail Valley Summer Activity
295 Main Street, #C101, Edwards
(970) 926-7323

Local bookstores are a vital resources for any community, and this is certainly true of the role The Bookworm plays in the Vail Valley. The store has been around for more than two decades, and it’s evolved a lot over that time. These days, it boasts a wide selection of new books by local, national and international authors as well as a cozy café and... read more

Local bookstores are a vital resources for any community, and this is certainly true of... read more

Town of Avon Recreation Center

Vail Valley Summer Activity
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

Vail Public Library

Vail Valley Summer Activity
292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail
(970) 479-2184

Vail Public Library is a place to relax, unwind and, of course, read a good book. But it's more than that. Located between Lionshead Village and Vail Village, this multimedia library is central to all that happens in Vail, and it is also a stone's throw away from Gore Creek, making it possible to check out a book and read it outside on a park... read more

Vail Public Library is a place to relax, unwind and, of course, read a good... read more