A spring, summer, or fall vacation to Vail offers the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the world, reconnect with friends and family, relax, and discover new sights, sounds, and tastes in an authentic Bavarian setting surrounded by Colorado’s breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE. The mountains come alive when the snow melts, revealing green meadows filled with an astounding range of wildflowers. If you’re looking to raise your heart rate, Vail is home to hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and other exciting summer mountain adventures of all levels.

TAKE IT ALL IN. Back in town, our pedestrian villages (Vail and Lionshead) offer endless opportunities to stroll, shop, spa, and dine to your heart’s content. Be sure to catch Vail’s world-class lineup of cultural and culinary events throughout the summer and fall and plan your trip accordingly.

REFRESH AND RECHARGE. There are so many spots to simply take time to be and breathe. Imagine yourself kicked back on a streamside bench under the crisp blue mountain sky while you soak up some Vitamin D and listen to the pure babbling of lively Gore Creek. Bliss!

Grab your hiking boots. The Hills are Alive.

Vail’s impressive mountains are home to a whole spectrum of bucket-list hiking trails featuring everything from cascading waterfalls to stunning wildflowers and iconic vistas.

There are plenty of casual hikes with little elevation gain that feature big payoffs. Pack your sense of adventure and work up an appetite for Vail’s many dining options when you return.

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What to Know & Bring Hiking

Weather: Weather in Colorado can change quickly, so being prepared is the name of the (high-altitude) game. Many afternoons, temperatures will drop and storms move in quickly, so dressing in quick-dry layers and packing along a rain jacket is essential even if the sun is shining (wool and shell layers are great).

Gear: Proper-fitting shoes and socks are critical to avoiding blisters.

Hydrate: Pack more water than you need! Hydrating at elevation (the Villages rest at 8,150’) will help you avoid headaches and altitude sickness.

Leave no Trace:  Leave what you find, don’t litter, stay on the trail and other tips will help you to protect our trails and wildlife.

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Unforgettable Outdoor Dining Decks

We can’t picture a better way to unwind after a day filled with adventure than to watch the sun go down from one of Vail’s many outdoor dining decks. Vail features dozens of incredible patio experiences, and many have expanded into unique locations allowing for social distancing. 

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Dining Safety Measures & Protocols

You will find that Vail’s restaurants continue to offer a quality experience while staying safe by following COVID guidelines. Many outdoor dining options are available, tables are spaced to allow social distancing, staff wear masks, and capacity guidelines are strictly enforced. 

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Delight Your Tastebuds: Culinary Events in Vail

There are many opportunities to savor unique food and drink in the stunning setting of Vail’s mountains and villages. Vail’s Craft Beer Festival kicks off the season in June, and the Taste of Vail & Wine Classic rounds out the fall season in September. And don’t miss the Vail & Lionshead Farmers’ Markets every Sunday, June through October. Arrive with an empty stomach and let your palate be delighted with a colorful range of unique food and libations.   

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The Best Way to Recharge is to Unplug

If you’re looking for a place to unplug from life’s stresses, Vail’s spa scene is the cure. Offerings are endless, from unique yoga experiences (with goats and without) to meditation and forest bathing. Or, find your own flow surrounded by nature at Vail’s crowning jewel The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Recharge from the inside and out and head back to your day-to-day truly refreshed.

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Experience Art & Culture in Vail

Vail’s artistic soul is on full display through the summer with globally recognized cultural and performing arts events in theater, music, and art. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and other outdoor venues offer no shortage of entertainment – much of it under the stars – with Vail regularly playing host to world-class orchestras, dance performances, and musicians. Vail’s Art In Public Places program, combined with dozens of public art galleries, provides both enthusiasts and wide-eyed wanderers an enriching art experience.

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