Activities in Vail

Vail has consistently been ranked as North America’s top ski resort, and is famous worldwide as an extraordinary vacation destination, winter or summer. A Vail vacation experience is world class, from the seven wonders—the legendary Back Bowls—to concerts, festivals, and exciting nightlife. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy diverse terrain, with ski runs catering to the casual beginner all the way up to your expert season pass holders. Off the slopes visitors can enjoy world-class dining experiences with some of the top mountain chefs in North America and treat themselves to a post-ski spa treatment. The summer months offer jaw-dropping views of the Gore range to the east through hiking and mountain biking, and the anglers can choose from one of the many nearby rivers for a guided fishing tour.

Choose accommodations from Vail's three villages, experiencing anything from high-end luxury to practical affordability: Vail Village, Lionshead, or Golden Peak. Vail is modeled after European ski towns, giving it a classic Bavarian style that will make you feel as though you are in the Alps. The town is also partially car-free and features the largest zero-fare shuttle bus system in the US, helping you get around town easily with several bus stops and informational signs.

Discover some of the most popular activities in Vail below:

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Winter or summer, this high-alpine fun zone will delight the young and young at heart with it's gamut of outdoor activities and experiences, including: snowbiking, snow tubing, summer tubing, ziplining, ropes course, snowshoe tours, disc golf and the NEW Forest Flyer™ Mountain Coaster.

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Rated consistently as one of the top ski resorts in North America, Vail woos visitors with pristine trails.

Fishing in Vail, Colorado

Fly Fishing

Vail offers several different rivers and lakes, perfect for any angler whether old or young. Visitors can experienced a guided trip, classes, or even a simple solo trip to clear the mind.

Hiking in Vail, Colorado


Dozens of beautiful trails are available in Vail. See our list of favorite hikes. Because of the high elevation, most trails are rated as moderate to difficult So be sure to check the rating before you set out to explore!

Golfing in Vail, CO


It’s true, the ball flies at least further at this high altitude at Vail's 13 courses! There are few places in the world where golf can be played in such awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Horseback Riding in Vail

Horseback Riding

Find from 1-hour to full-day rides and tours in Vail. Take advantage of horseback riding lessons, trail rides, and wagon rides. What a way to experience Vail's fresh mountain air and awesome scenery!

Vail river rafting

River Rafting

Located near Vail are river rafting trips ranging from Class I floating to Class V whitewater action! Raft through the infamous Gore Canyon of the Colorado river and experiences sites and sounds only the river can provide.