Get Some Altitude

Don’t worry about missing a workout on your vacation; there are plenty of activities to keep you out and burning calories while in the Vail Valley. Venture Sports is a great bike outfitter and has two guided rides available, Vail Pass and Glenwood Springs. For Vail Pass, Venture Sports will drop you at the top of Vail Pass (10,600 feet) for a 25-mile downhill ride back to Vail.

If just thinking of biking is giving you saddle sores, visit the Beaver Creek Hiking Center for a chance to bag a 14er (a mountain peak that exceeds 14,000 feet in elevation). With several 14ers nearby, the Beaver Creek Hiking Center is available to help you or your group make it to the top for some incredible views.

Try Something New

If you’ve been to Colorado before and are looking for a way to spice up your trip, try zip lining with Zip Adventures. Whizzing over huge canyons, towering aspens, and gushing rivers is a great way to experience all the scenery the Vail Valley has to offer. With lines as high as 200 feet over a canyon and as long as 1,000 feet, trust us when we say this will get your heart pumping.


Focus in on your aim and reflexes as you enjoy clay shooting with SAGE Outdoor Adventures. Enjoy a world-class course and world-class views as you make your way through a 12-station course that is guaranteed to connect you with your rugged side.

Photo courtesy Zach Mahone

Tried & True

Piney River Ranch is a long-time favorite in the valley. They have horseback riding, canoes, SUP’s, on site restaurant, hiking, lodging, fishing and so much more. The ranch is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and the restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm from June 21st through October 1st 2016.


Fly Fishing requires skill and good technique, and there is no better company than Gore Creek Fly Fishermen to show you how it’s done. Their service-oriented guides will dial in the best rivers and lakes for fishing depending on the time of year to ensure the greatest opportunity to reel one in. With full or half day wade or raft trips, even beginners will feel like a pro by the end of this trip.

Wet ‘N Wild

One of the fastest growing activities in the state, Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) lets you get up-close and personal with some of the valley’s best features, their waterways. You can find local’s SUPing in Nottingham Lake, Sylvan Lake, or even out on the Colorado River. While not easy, the best thing about SUP is the chance to jump in and cool off (whether on purpose or not…)

Turtle Tubing is Colorado’s only full service tubing provider. Let the river decide your pace as you relax and experience the unmatched scenery of our valley while you float in a single or multi-person tube. This excursion is great for all ages; just don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and sunglasses!

Don't Miss This One Thing

One of the best ways to see and experience the Colorado wilderness is on horseback (where you can relax and let your horse do the walking). Team up with Triple G Outfitters at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott where all riding abilities are welcome. Their experienced guides will take you through sagebrush and wildflowers, mesa tops and mountaintops. Available rides include trail rides, cattle drives, and even overnight trips.

Local Tips

Flexible schedules? Mid-week lodging rates are typically 30% less than weekend rates.