Things to Do in Vail

There are so many things to do in Vail that you better start planning … now! It’s no secret the great outdoors beckons here – bluebird skies, low humidity and hundreds of activities. If you can imagine doing it, the activity is probably offered here in Vail. Start making a list now of all the Vail activities that interest you, and you’ll be able to check them off in no time.

Take a hike on one of the many mountain trails. Feeling more adventurous? Hop on a mountain bike and test your technical skills on singletrack. Hire a guide or visit the area stables for another perspective on the trails via horseback.

Why not try out hot-air ballooning, hiking, bicycling, walking, ziplining, riding the alpine coaster, bungee jumping, bowling and mini-golfing. Or get moving with favorite things to do in  Vail, such as tennis, golf, pickleball, running and mountain bike races and sports leagues. Hire a guide for a white-water adventure, standup paddleboarding or fossil exploring. Come winter, the Vail activities change but there are just as many to choose from. No one will whine that there is nothing to do in Vail, that’s for sure. Snowboarding, skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, hockey – the options are endless.

Vail Things to Do: Beyond the Sweat

Of course, not every Vail activity requires toned muscles and sweat! The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater hosts a slew of events from symphonies and orchestras to the Vail International Dance Festival, free concerts and even an occasional outdoor movie. Adjacent to the amphitheater, stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, absorb the splendor of this high-altitude garden. Add in a jazz festival and bluegrass concerts. Keep your ear tuned and you’ll hear that most genres of music are available.

The Vail Public Library offers all sorts of things to do in Vail for kids and adults all year round. Check them out. Kids won’t be bored at the Imagination Station, which is designed for the littlest of creators. Explore, imagine and create your way through Vail.

Don’t forget to leave a little bit (or a whole lot) of time to get a treatment, or several, at one of the renowned spas. Soak in 10,000-year-old mud or plump up with a hydrating facial.

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

Piney River Ranch

Vail Thing to Do
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

Sage Outdoor Adventures

Beaver Creek Thing to Do
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

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

If you're looking for live music and place to revel in Vail's buzzing nightlife, then... read more

Town of Vail

241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 8150, Vail
(970) 477-3522

Vail is a truly special place, full of magic and wonder. Of course, there's the obvious: 5,289 acres of skiing on Vail Mountain plus plenty of room to roam on foot or bike with 1,100 acres of open space within the town's boundaries and 350,000 acres of national forest land beyond that. There are art galleries, ski shops and fashion boutiques, coffee shops, pubs and... read more

Vail is a truly special place, full of magic and wonder. Of course, there's the... read more

Vail Ale House

Vail Thing to Do
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

A place for the true beer connoisseur, Vail Ale House has more than 20 beers... read more

Vail Public Library

Vail Thing to Do
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

Vail Stables

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

A day spent at Vail Stables' ranch, located just northwest of Vail Village, can help... read more