As the snows melt away and the landscape bursts forth in a symphony of colors, Vail transforms into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and culture aficionados alike. Join us on a journey through this alpine oasis as we unveil six of the most unforgettable things to do in Vail in summer.

1. Hiking in High Altitudes

Lace up your boots and set out to explore Vail’s extensive network of hiking trails, where every step promises breathtaking vistas and encounters with the region’s diverse flora and fauna. From leisurely walks along the scenic Gore Creek Path to challenging ascents of iconic peaks like Mount of the Holy Cross, there’s a trail suited for every skill level and inclination.

Read: 10 Vail Hiking Trails Worthy of Your Bucket List – Discover Vail


View of Piney Lake in Vail Colorado in Summer

2. Pedaling Through Paradise

Grab your mountain bike from Base Camp and embark on an exhilarating journey along Vail’s world-class biking trails, where adrenaline-pumping descents and scenic vistas await around every bend. Traverse the rugged terrain of Vail Mountain Bike Park or pedal leisurely along the scenic path of the Vail Pass Recreation Trail, soaking in the stunning landscapes that surround you.

Read: A Beginners’ Guide to Mountain Biking in Vail, Colorado – Discover Vail

3. Rafting the Rapids

Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the rolling rivers that carve through the valleys surrounding Vail. Join a guided expedition down the rapids of the Colorado or Eagle Rivers, where the rush of adrenaline is matched only by the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon walls and lush forests that line the banks.

First-time river rafter? Don’t worry — guided expeditions are available for all ages and skill levels, from fun family raft rides to wild whitewater experiences.

Read: 5 Places to Go Whitewater Rafting in Vail, Colorado – Vail Ski Resort

4. Exploring Alpine Ecosystems

Delve into the rich natural history of the Rocky Mountains at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, where a diverse array of alpine flora thrives in a stunning mountain setting. Stroll through themed gardens showcasing native plant species, and learn about the delicate ecosystems that support life at high altitudes.

Read: A Guide to Wild Animals of Colorado – Discover Vail

5. Indulging in Culinary Delicacies

Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey through Vail’s vibrant dining scene, where a diverse array of restaurants and eateries cater to every palate and preference. From upscale dining establishments serving gourmet cuisine to cozy cafes offering artisanal fare, there’s no shortage of delectable delights to satisfy your hunger after a day of adventure.

Leonora at The Sebastian - Vail

Top 10% of Restaurants Worldwide – Tripadvisor | OpenTable 2023 Diner’s Choice Awards | Wine Spectator Award

Enjoy fresh, local, organic ingredients specially prepared and thoughtfully paired with wines from around the world. Our sommelier’s hand-picked selections are sourced from traditional and unexpected places, each selected to complement Executive Chef Kevin Erving’s playful yet sophisticated menu.

6. Immersing in Cultural Delights

Discover the vibrant arts scene of Vail at our many festivals and events, where local and international artists showcase their talents against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies. Browse through booths filled with captivating artwork, attend live demonstrations, enjoy live music, and immerse yourself in the creative energy that permeates the air.

Read: 2024 Vail Events Calendar – Discover Vail

Experience Vail Year-Round

For the mountain lovers and alpine escapists, the ski-bums, and trail explorers: enjoy effortless ownership of resort real estate at The Sebastian – Vail, and visit your cherished Rocky Mountain destination more often.

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