Vail Things to Do & Attractions
Nestled in the central Colorado Rockies, Vail is the ultimate Rocky Mountain getaway and one of the most incredible alpine resorts in the world. From the spectacular ski slopes to the charm of Vail Village, the valley will captivate your senses with breathtaking scenery and year-round recreational and cultural adventures. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at the legendary Vail Ski Resort with over 5,000 acres of amazing ski terrain, vast open bowls and awesome ski slopes.
Explore the White River National Forest, a stunning wilderness for endless hiking, biking and fishing adventures. Stroll through the pedestrian-friendly villages of Vail and Lionshead filled with restaurants, bars, shops, events, activities and the nation’s largest free bus system. Boasting over 300 days a year of sunshine and unrivaled ski resorts, the Vail Valley is a life-changing vacation playground for power heads and adventure lovers.
Vail Ski Resort –
The largest single ski mountain in the country, Vail Ski Resort is a breathtaking alpine oasis for winter sports and summer adventures. Rising to 11,570 feet, snow-capped Vail Mountain offers over 5,200 skiable acres, 193 ski trails, awesome glades, chutes, and moguls, and seven open bowls for the most unforgettable skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and winter sports on these legendary slopes.
In the spring and summer, Vail Mountain is a beautiful destination for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting and golfing. Discover wonderful dining, shopping and nightlife in Vail Village, a Bavarian-style village packed with restaurants, bars and clubs. visit www.vail.com.
Dobson Ice Arena & Bob Johnson Hockey School –
Located in Vail, Dobson Ice Arena is one of the largest multi-use ice facilities on Colorado’s Western Slope. Dobson Ice Arena is open all year for hockey, figure skating and broomball, and offers hockey and skating leagues, classes, and competitions, from Story Time Skate to the Vail Invitational Skating Championships, as well mixed-martial arts competitions and concerts. The facility offers public skate sessions, skate rentals and season passes.
Lionshead Village –
Nestled at the base of the Vail Ski & Mountain Resort, Lionshead Village is a Colorado mountain resort and charming village with restaurants, shops, bars and access to the mountain’s skiing, snowboarding and outdoor adventures. An alpine paradise, this charming Euro-style village offers the Lionshead Vail Gondola – the only one in Vail – that takes you to the top of Eagle’s Nest where you can ski and experience jaw-dropping scenery of the Colorado Rockies.
The Bob Johnson Hockey School offers a summer session in the fundamentals of power skating, shooting, passing and stick handling, as well as video and lecture sessions and hockey games. visit http://www.vailrec.com/icearena.cfm and http://www.bobjohnsonhockeyschool.com/locations/vail.htm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater –
Home to many exciting Vail events and concerts, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,260 people in covered seating and 1,300 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. Every Summer, the Ford Amphitheater in Vail hosts an array of cultural and entertainment events, including Vail International Dance Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and the free weekly concerts of the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights series.
The venue also presents blockbuster concerts, and local chorale and theater presentations throughout the season. visit www.vvf.org/vvf/info/venues.entertainment.grfa.aspx.
Vail Golf Club –
Nestled in the foothills of the Gore Mountain Range, and adjacent to White River National Forest, Vail Golf Club offers a picturesque 18-hole, par 71 golf experience at 8,200 feet elevation. Recognized by Golf Digest as a “Top 100 Resort Course,” Vail Golf Club offers a high-altitude alpine golf challenge with fairways and greens that follow the Gore Creek.
The public club offers a golf shop, professional instruction, driving range, practice area, golf swing analysis, club rentals, and Happy Valley Grill. Vail Golf Club also serves as Vail’s Nordic Center when blanketed with winter snow. Tee times: http://www.vailrec.com/golf.cfm.
Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show –
Get a taste of Colorado at the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, the largest farmers market in Colorado. Open throughout the summer in beautiful Vail Village, the market features farm-fresh local produce, international foods, fresh-baked goods, handmade crafts and Colorado wines. Sample fresh baked breads and pastries, local Alpine honey, and smoked salmon.
Enjoy local creativity at the Art Show, presenting arts and crafts, beautiful jewelry, clothing and hand-made home goods. Enjoy the mountains while you meet the farmers and artisans every Sunday, June 16 – September 22, 10am – 3:30pm. visit http://www.vailfarmersmarket.com.
Nova Guides –
Vail is a whitewater mecca. Enjoy the ultimate white water rafting adventures in beautiful Vail Valley with Nova Guides. From the raging whitewater rapids in Brown’s Canyon to family float trips on the Upper Colorado River, these experienced guides offer a variety of exciting trips on the Colorado River, Arkansas River and Eagle River.
Experience the most exhilarating rafting tours in the Rocky Mountains, or tube through Vail Village on Gore Creek. Nova Guides also offers jeep tours in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.visit www.novaguides.com/. 719-486-2656.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum –
Honoring Coloradoans who have inspired us through the sport of skiing and snowboarding, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame features great exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and films that take you on an amazing journey through the history of skiing.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is dedicated to men and women who helped Colorado make great advances in the sport of skiing.Inductees include the top racers of their time, filmmakers, authors, innovators and instructors. Located in Vail Village, the museum offers free guided tours every Tuesday. visit www.skimuseum.net.
White River National Forest –
Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in northwest Colorado, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is the most exciting recreational forest in the country. Named after the White River that runs through it, the White River National Forest is a breathtaking wilderness area with 8 wilderness areas, rivers, 10 majestic peaks at over 14,000 feet, scenic trails and breathtaking scenery.
Home to several world-renowned ski resorts, including Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek, the national forest is a recreational oasis for outdoor adventures, including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, backpacking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, rafting and windsurfing. visit www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Vilar Center for the Arts –
Enjoy live theater and music concerts in the beautiful Vail mountains. The cultural heart of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 530-seat theatre, which presents a variety of year-round entertainment and live performances including Broadway shows and musicals, comedy shows, family events, dance performances and concerts – from country to rock to jazz. For tickets, visit www.vilarcenter.org.