Take the Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain and surround yourself with breathtaking views of Sawatch, New York and Gore Ranges. Open seasonally June through early October.
Epic Discovery atop Vail Mountain features fun activities for all ages making it perfect for Colorado family summer vacations. Enjoy activities like a bungee trampoline, mountain coaster, mini golf, zipline, and more!
Jeep & ATV Tours
Off-roading is an exciting way to explore the valley and mountain side. Numerous backcountry Jeep tours are available throughout the Vail Valley. Learn local history, view scenic wildflowers and mountain ranges or enjoy an afternoon team-building activity with a Jeep scavenger hunt.
ATV tours are also available if you want to do all the driving. All ATV guests will receive a full training session prior to setting out on the adventure.
No experience necessary - fly tandem with the best. Strap into your paraglider’s harness and take off on an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Your safety comes first as your tandem guide eases you into the air, doing all the flying for you so you can sit back, take in the views and enjoy the ride. Pilots fly with digital cameras, making lasting memories to share.
Zip Line Adventures
For a more unique view of beautiful Colorado, soar through the mountains, above the trees and across streams on a zip line ride that will make your heart race. And there’s only one place in Colorado where you can enjoy the pristine mountains, beautiful trees and raging rivers while zipping 30 miles per hour over a rugged canyon: Zip Adventures at 4 Eagle Ranch. Soar like an eagle 100-200 feet above the floor of Alkali Canyon on one of six zip lines ranging from 150 - 1000 feet in length.
Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the thrill of floating over the Vail Valley with nothing but the wind and the balloon to guide you. Flights begin shortly after sunrise, just a 25-minute drive from Vail. Balloon flights are surrounded by brilliant blue skies and breath-taking Rocky Mountain views. All standard flights include hot beverage during inflation, a unique post-flight ceremony, certificate and complimentary champagne toast. Choose Taste of Ballooning (30-40 minute flight) or the Full Excursion (75 minute flight).
From pony rides to cattle round-ups, gallop through stands of aspen trees and breathe in the refreshing Colorado air. Enjoy stunning scenery, nature and the sounds and sights of horseback riding in the Vail Valley. Every ride covers beautiful terrain, offering breathtaking views and incredible photo opportunities to view wildlife.
Enjoy a guided half-day trip on the beautiful Upper Colorado River. Paddle your own sit-on-top whitewater kayak through Class I & II whitewater. All transportation, equipment and training provided by your expert guide.
Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River
Melting snow off the mountains fills our rivers and makes for great water play. Test your skill at whitewater rafting on the Shoshone River through the narrow Glenwood Canyon. This popular summer adventure is fun for the whole family. The continuous Class III rapids ease after a few miles followed by Class II whitewater as 1,500 foot canyon walls tower above you. Swimming opportunities come available downstream as the warm Colorado air makes the cool Colorado River very inviting.
The Vail Valley is home to gold medal water and is a fly fisherman’s dream. A list of fly fishing streams, rivers, beaver ponds, crystal clear lakes are all within easy striking distance from Vail. Fish the epic waters of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Gore River and an endless list of high alpine lakes. Walk & Wade and Float
trips available for all ages and skill levels and both include hands-on instruction.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Stroll through one of the highest botanical gardens in the world. At 8,200 feet, the gardens offer an assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens, and waterfalls. Open daily year-round from dawn until dusk with peak flower season from June through August. There is no required admission fee.
Hiking in Vail during the summer should not be missed. With dozens of trailheads just minutes from town, hiking in Vail has proven to be the most traditional and pleasurable way to enjoy the mountain. To enjoy the full experience of the mountains, spend the day hikng any of the hundreds of miles of trails through the National Forest.
With 17 championship golf courses within a 38-mile radius, the Vail Valley offers much more than an unforgettable game of golf; it is truly an extraordinary golf destination. There are few places in the world where the game of golf can be played in such astounding natural beauty. Here, hospitality, impeccably manicured greens, spectacular backdrops, and a love of the game come together to bring you a golfing experience unlike any other.
Vail is a cyclist’s haven, from epic singletrack to screaming gondola accessed downhill, miles of scenic road biking to cruising around Vail’s villages. From beginners to experts, leisure-lovers to thrill-seekers, there’s biking adventures for everyone. The experts at The Sebastian Base Camp will fit you for all your adventures and even give you some local tips for finding the sweet spot you’re looking for. Have your own bike? Stay tuned at Base Camp to guarantee you more miles of smiles.