Summer Activities in Vail
Escape to Vail this summer and explore all that the mountain has to offer. From a scenic hike on Vail Mountain to a thrilling zip-line course at 10,000 ft, Vail is sure to create family memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve rounded up our top 4 activities to consider including to your vacation agenda while staying at Vail Mountain Lodge:
Rafting, Duckie, SUP, Turtle Tubing: To be fair, these are all very different activities, but all something to try!
- Rafting: For families with younger children, try rafting a class II with Lakota Guides. This gentle raft trip is safe for the kids and you can take in the breathtaking scenery in Glenwood Canyon located 45 minutes west of Vail. Book a half or full day trip. More advanced class III and IV rivers are also available to book.
- SUP – Stand Up Paddleboarding has been trending for a few years and is not slowing down just yet. Get ready for a core and quad workout as you balance and paddle down the river. We recommend Sweetwater for a gentle flow located 35 minutes west of Vail. Visit SUP Colorado for tour information. For another option, you can picnic, play volleyball, and SUP at Nottingham Lake located in Avon, 20 minutes west of Vail.
- Duckie – It’s always fun to try something new! An open inflatable raft that can be double or single occupancy provides great fun for the whole family on a class II river. We recommend Timberline Tours.
- Turtle Tubing – Great for friends 21-50 years old. A green bus equipped with a bar creates a social setting and perfect for bachelor & bachelorette parties.
Take a ride up Vail Village or Lionshead Gondola’s with your mountain bike or rent one at Venture Sports located at the top of Bridge Street. Be sure to bring or rent a helmet as well. Lift tickets are available for purchase at both Gondola locations. Perk – if you have a winter ski pass, you only need to pay a small fee for your mountain bike. Once on the mountain, pick your route! Green/beginner, blue/intermediate, and black/advanced trails are available. Stick to the green or we like “Fred’s Lunch” for a blue/intermediate ride through the Aspen and Pine Trees. Unless you are an advanced rider, we suggest steering clear of black trails. These advanced courses are very technical and fast. You will see locals with full ‘body armor” on so take a look at what you’re wearing before heading down that trail! You can take as many trips up the gondola as you’d like – we suggest at least 3 and try a few new trails each trip as you will gain experience and speed.
Fresh air does a body good! Head to Berrypicker which is a beautiful trail to hike up or down! This trail has two access points that link mid-mountain so it does not matter if you start in Vail Village or Lionshead. The hike up can be difficult at times, so frequent stops are suggested to catch your breath at our high altitude. You’ll see aspen groves and wildflower fields and occasional wildlife which make all the effort worth it! Bonus for hiking up – no cost and you can drink a cold one at the top of the trail at Adventure Ridge which taking in beautiful vistas and earning that free ride down the Gondola. Keep in mind dogs are allowed to ride down the gondola, but not up and must be leashed at all times. For an easier hike, drive 20 minutes west to Minturn and hike Meadow Mountain for beautiful fields and an easy climb (pictured on right).
Epic Discovery & Zip Lining
Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead is Epic Discovery. This adventure center is complete with a mountaintop coaster, zip line, climbing wall, trampoline, disc golf, and ropes course. While the kids play, adults can enjoy a beverage and tasty treats at Bistro 14 on their outdoor patio. For a more extensive zip line experience, try the 3-hour tour on top of the mountain and you’ll be zipping on some of the highest and longest zip lines in the country. For more information on adventure ridge and zip lining click here.