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

Sage Outdoor Adventures

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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

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Shakedown Bar

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
304 Bridge Street, Vail
(970) 479-0556

If you're looking for live music and place to revel in Vail's buzzing nightlife, then head on over to Shakedown Bar in Vail Village. This bar and music venue has a calendar stacked full of live entertainment offerings throughout Vail's winter season and on select days throughout the summer season. The 160-capacity space includes a stellar sound system and provides an intimate setting for enjoying... read more

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Synergy Center for Wellness

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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.... read more

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The Bookworm

Riverwalk at Edwards
Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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

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Timberline Tours

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
1432 Chambers Avenue, Eagle
(970) 476-1414

Plan your whitewater rafting or backcountry jeeping adventure with Timberline Tours. This outfitting company runs trips on the Arkansas, Colorado and Eagle rivers with professional guides and up-to-date gear. Jeep tours bring you deep into the mountains to find views, wildflowers and wildlife. 

Town of Avon Recreation Center

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
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

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Vail Ale House

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
2161 N. Frontage Road W., Vail
(970) 476-4314

A place for the true beer connoisseur, Vail Ale House has more than 20 beers on tap and also features a wide selection of local beers and popular bottled beers. Bar food favorites can be found here for lunch and dinner in addition to soups, salads, flatbreads and entrees that include meatloaf, steak, pasta and trout. Vail Ale House has a late-night menu available until... read more

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Vail Brewing Co.

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
41290 Highway 6, Units 2 & 3, Avon
(970) 470-4351
141 E. Meadow Drive, Suite 209, Vail
(970) 470-4622

Vail Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewery that specializes in hand-crafted beers brewed in small batches. Check out the wide selection of beers that range from hoppy to traditional, blends to cask-conditioned ales. Those who don't like beer can try the homemade kombucha in different flavors. Vail Brewing Co. has two locations, one in Avon and one in Vail, and both are lively and... read more

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Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. Roastery Cafe

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
23698 U.S. Highway 24, Minturn
(970) 827-4008

Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Co. is the primary coffee and tea provider for a variety of coffee houses, restaurants and resorts in the Vail area as well as throughout Colorado and neighboring states. They import 46 coffees and 60 teas from around the world with a commitment to micro-estate, single origin, sustainably farmed products. They freshly roast their coffees locally with expertise about the mountain... read more

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Vail Segway Tours

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
254 Bridge Street, Vail
(800) 800-0424

If you are looking for a new way to see Vail, consider Vail Segway Tours. At Vail Segway Tours you can take a tour of the town of Vail and see everything entirely via Segway, regardless of your age or endurance level. This is an environmentally clean, green and fun way to explore the Rocky Mountains while having your own personal mode of transportation. During... read more

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Vail Stables

Thing to Do in Vail Valley
915 Spraddle Creek Road, Vail
(855) 743-8324

A day spent at Vail Stables' ranch, located just northwest of Vail Village, can help you relax, connect with nature and remind you not to take yourself too seriously. That last part comes from a session of goat yoga, which is exactly what it sounds like: yoga, with goats. During goat yoga, participants practice standard yoga poses while several small goats wander around and in... read more

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