For nature enthusiasts …
Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of mountain biking and kayaking or just wandering in the woods, summer in Vail means you’ll have full access to soaking up the sounds, sights and soothing textures of Mother Nature.
Start your morning with an easy stroll along the 1-mile Eagle’s Loop on Vail Mountain, where stunning views of Mount of the Holy Cross reveal themselves. Or ride the gondola up and meander down the intermediate, 3.2-mile Berry Picker trail from Mid-Vail or Eagle’s Nest to the village.
Next, trot through airy green meadows and a tapestry of wildflowers, aspens and pines on horseback. Vail Stables can guide you through Bear Hollow Trail in the morning (or during lunchtime) or Rocky Point Trail in the afternoon.
Whether you have an hour, an afternoon or a full day, let Walking Mountains Science Center take you into the backcountry’s deep solitude as you identify native blooms and encounter wildlife.
Then, at night, the vast Vail sky invites you to gaze up at the Milky Way, look for meteor showers and spot constellations, from Scorpio’s sprawling reach to the Big Dipper. Drive up Vail or Tennessee passes for the darkest skies around.
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