Vail Summer Activities

Vail Summer Activities

Vail is always going off with something great to do. The Colorado resort town has been expanding for the past several decades not just in size but in scope. While still remaining relatively small, the opportunities for Vail summer activities and entertainment are large, with many new developments this year. For some time now it’s been one of the best mountain destinations in North America – and it keeps getting better.

What’s New, Pussycat?

Introduced this summer, Vail Mountain now offers guided mountain biking and hiking tours. No longer must you venture off into the wilderness on your own accord, you may now be led to the best spots in the region by accommodating and knowledgable guides who know the area well. If you’re unfamiliar with the trail system, as the vast majority of people obviously are, the guided tours are the perfect way for hikers and bikers to explore the beautiful wilderness with the confidence that comes from being in the company of experts. Individuals, groups and families can lace up the boots or rent mountain bikes and head off into the hills in search of adventure.

Due to success and popularity, Vail continues to invest in mountain biking by opening new portions of flow trails and expanding the reach of the trail system. These new trails are served by the gondola and are wider than typical downhill trails, designed for intermediate riders in the vision of synergy with the landscape, including thrilling banked turns and rollers through the forest. The mountain biking tours are approximately three to four hours long while the hiking tours are approximately two hours. 

As the host of two previous Mountain Bike World Championships, Vail’s trails suit both the beginner rider and the experienced professional. Families can ride the scenic gondola up then cruise down as they explore the forests at leisure. Meanwhile, downhill adrenaline junkies can ride uphill wihtout the help of a gondola in search of the most technical terrain for their exciting descent to the valley below. You’ll find more than 52 miles of mountain biking terrain at Vail Mountain, including some of the local favorites:
  • Lucy’s Loop: Beginner loop from Eagle’s Nest to Mid-Vail and back.
  • Village Trail: Longest and most pleasant beginner route on the mountain, the Village Trail is a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent. 7 miles.
  • Fred’s Lunch: An alternating single and double intermediate track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views. 3.2 miles
  • Grand Traverse: Vail’s signature intermediate trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector. 5.3 miles
  • Hanks Hideaway: A fun yet challenging single-track that leads from Lion Down to Lionshead Loop. 1.2 miles.
Vail Mountain offers a wide range of wonderful hiking trails which encompass more than 24 miles. All ages and abilities can take advantage of the detailed trail system that provides the perfect opportunity to escape into nature. A few favorites include:
  • Eagle’s Loop: Short, “green” ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile, 15-20 minutes
  • Berrypicker: Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Eagle’s Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 4.6 miles, 2-3 hours
  • Ridge Route: Intermediate climb from Eagle’s Nest to Wildwood and back with spectacular views of Mt. of the Holy Cross and the Sawatch Range. 2.8 miles, 1.5-2 hours.
  • Ptarmigan Loop: This scenic, 360-degree-view trail through shaded woods connects with Ridge Route at Wildwood to Ptarmigan Point and back. 1.2 miles, 30-40 minutes; Loop with Ridge Route: 4 miles, 2.5 -3 hours.
  • Grand Escape: This trail offers an alternative hiking experience with spectacular views of the Gore Range. Combine with Ridge Route for a loop. 1.5 miles; 1.5-2 hours one way.
Furthering Exciting Activities

Other activities that are recent upgrades to the abundance of Vail summer activities include mini golf, summit tours, horseback tours, and various new and fun things to do. Gore Creek Mini Golf at Lionshead base area features an interpretive animal theme and the opportunity to make like Happy Gilmore and just tap, tap it in. Tap-tapperoo. The Top-Of-The-Mountain Tour is a motorized 11-mile trek that includes lift and lunch packages. Guided horseback trail rides take you through Game Creek Bowl and up to a Game Creek Restaurant for an old-fashioned Colorado experience.

Up at Adventure Ridge (located 10,000 feet above sea level) you can take to the climbing wall or the bouncing bungee harnessed rebound trampoline. Disc Golf is a fun thing to do at Vail Mountain’s 18-hole self-guided course at the western edge of the ski area boundary. Slackline Park offers fun for the whole family with balance beams, horseshoes and a palaeontology park for kids to dig dinosaur bones out of the sand. The Nature Discovery Center does guided tours out into the forest with expert naturalists to identify signs of life and teach how plants and animals adapt to elevation alpine environments.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg in addition to the staples of Vail summer activities including fly fishing, golf, ATV tours, whitewater rafting, and more.

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