Vail Area Guide

Vail Things to Do

 

With over 5,300 skiable acres on 195 trails and with, 32 different lifts and the 350+ average inches of snow it gets, Vail Resort is considered one of the world’s premier ski areas. While the town of Vail is primarily known as a winter destination, those who visit in the summer months will be treated to the region’s natural beauty while also being able to explore all of the other amenities the area offers during the different three seasons.

There are various exciting and eclectic things to do near Vail – such as goat yoga, hiking, and having lunch with a llama. Or you can visit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. One of the must-do day trips in the Vail area is to head to Glenwood Springs. This quick 60-mile drive west along the I-70 corridor to this beautiful little mountain town is an excellent place for visitors or locals looking to stretch their legs and budgets a little further.

Outdoor Adventures

Want to go rafting? A trip to Vail would not be complete without a trip down the Colorado River. Defiance Rafting Company, or DRC, is the rafting company of choice when navigating big whitewater or taking guests through the calmer downriver sections of Glenwood Canyon. 

About trip choices, you have a variety of options at Defiance. For the adrenaline seekers, talk to Defiance once the run-off starts from mid-May to early June. Defiance offers Glenwood Canyon rafting, including the rapids and the mellow downriver section. If you want a more intimate adventure, go for a private experience. Our Glenwood Springs whitewater rafting trips are customizable and will include all the areas of the river you want to experience and anything else you can think of to make the trip exactly how you envisioned it. If you can dream it, there’s a good chance Defiance can make it happen. Add whitewater rafting near Vail, Colorado to your adventure list today!

Looking for an outdoor adventure off the river? Vail has you covered.

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Enjoy world-class skiing and snowboarding on Vail‘s expansive slopes, suitable for all skill levels.
  • Hiking and Biking: Explore the scenic trails of Vail Mountain and the surrounding areas, offering breathtaking views and diverse terrain.
  • Rock Climbing: Challenge yourself with rock climbing at spots like East Vail and the surrounding cliffs.

Cultural and Historical Attractions

Vail’s cultural scene is as impressive as its natural beauty. Here are some top attractions:

Family-Friendly Activities

Vail is a family-friendly destination with plenty to offer:

  • Epic Discovery: Enjoy a range of summer activities like zip-lining, mountain coaster rides, and adventure courses.
  • Vail Nature Center: Participate in educational programs and nature tours that are perfect for families.
  • Adventure Ridge: Have fun with snow tubing, ski biking, and other winter activities designed for all ages.

Food and Drink

Vail’s food scene is diverse and luxurious. Here are some must-try experiences:

Nightlife and Entertainment

When the sun sets, Vail comes alive with vibrant nightlife:

Part of the fun of traveling is the experience of exploring new places and trying new things. The Vail Valley offers a variety of exciting things to do and incredible scenery to take in, and the surrounding areas can add to that experience immensely. Those who travel to Vail or are from the area would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t explore further down the road and see what Glenwood Springs offers.

Most Popular Rafting Trips Near Vail:

Glenwood Canyon Rafting Half-Day

Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
Half-Day
Price
$74
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Scenic Canyon Half-Day Float

Difficulty
Beginner
Duration
Half-Day
Price
$64
$54 for Happy Paddlers* 12 & under
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Double Shoshone Rapids Rafting

Difficulty
Intermediate+
Duration
2 Hours
Price
$68
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