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Events, Lodging Specials and Outdoor Adventures will Entertain Guests Among the Golden Glow of Fall Colors in Vail

Vail, Colo. – The golden glow of aspen trees and the jagged peaks of the Gore Range provide the perfect backdrop for a fall getaway to Vail, Colorado. The iconic Rocky Mountain destination is a hidden gem in the fall and allows guests to enjoy countless activities with cooler weather and fewer crowds. Unique events, lodging specials and outdoor adventures are just a few of the many reasons to discover Vail this fall.


Vail is known for its myriad of events that entertain visitors of all ages and this fall is no different. All events are operating under heightened health and safety protocols as outlined by the State of Colorado and Eagle County for outdoor groups of 175 or less.

The longstanding Vail Automotive Classic returns September 11-13. The multi-day event provides viewing opportunities throughout Vail Village and showcases a range of contemporary supercars to vintage collector cars from automotive enthusiasts from across the United States. The fun continues with The Wine Classic at Vail that welcomes guests to enjoy unlimited wine samples from a range of domestic and international wine and spirits on September 18-19. More information and tickets can be found on The Wine Classic at Vail website.

New to Vail this fall is the North American Van Show (The Van Show). Slated for September 25-27, this inaugural event highlights the ingenuity, craftsmanship and expeditionary spirit of the adventure vehicle world. Home of the Wander Awards, attendees are treated to a full consumer expo filled with the best and brightest of the van, RV and 4×4 world. The show’s “Van Cribs” showcase invites private owners to display their personal rigs alongside the industry’s most notable brands, upfitters and outfitters.

The fall air is filled with live music as special performances from Vail Jazz and Shakedown Presents take place throughout September. Vail’s popular Shakedown Bar has teamed up with High Altitude Entertainment to bring a dozen in-village free pop-up performances and several ticketed live shows during September. The pop-up performances will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month at the Shakedown Stage in Vail Village or in Lionshead until Saturday, September 26. The ticketed Live Music in the Gardens performances will be held in the Lower Bench of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens on September 13 and 27. For more information on pop-up performances or to purchase tickets for the garden shows, please visit the Shakedown Presents website.

The iconic Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show continues its in-person and virtual market this fall with locally sourced food, Colorado artists, food trucks and more on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 4.

 Lodging Specials

Vail’s over 30 lodging properties provide guests a range of options when searching for the perfect place to stay this fall.

Guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel will be able to experience the fall foliage on guided walks, hikes, scenic tours and ride throughout September. These experiences are led by professional guides and provide the right amount of challenge for any individual. The hotel also has custom experiences available upon request.

Antlers at Vail reimagines a fall favorite event with a socially distanced Oktoberfest celebration featuring traditional Bavarian fare and music September 19 from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Antlers courtyard. The hotel is offering tickets to the event as part of the Antlers Oktoberfest hotel package that includes two nights in a one-bedroom condo and two tickets to the event. Antlers at Vail is also offering two other unique packages inviting guests to enjoy 30 or more days in Vail and a picnic on Gore Creek, which runs alongside the property.

Destination Vail properties including The Landmark, Christiania at Vail and other luxury condos located throughout Vail Village and Lionshead are encouraging guests to extend their visit to Vail as well with discounted rates and incentives throughout the fall. Guests can receive up to 40 percent off long term stays or receive a Visa gift card to use at local shops and restaurants during their stay throughout September and October.

Outdoor Adventures

Vail is a natural playground brimming with adventure and exploration opportunities across a valley with hundreds of miles of river, recreational trails and more. Guests can immerse themselves in the surrounding beauty through any outdoor activity or go for a scenic leaf-peeping drive around the valley to enjoy the bursts of gold.

Sage Outdoor Adventures provides endless fun on the Colorado River throughout September with unguided raft, SUP, tube and duckie rentals and daily guided rafting trips on the Pumphouse stretch of the Upper Colorado.

Located about 15 miles north of Vail, Piney River Ranch is the perfect place to witness the breathtaking fall transformation. The ranch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. offering canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, horseback rides or a spectacular hike to Piney Falls through a canopy of changing aspens. Wildlife viewing is at its peak for moose during September, keeping visitors’ eyes peeled for these majestic animals.

Hikers can indulge themselves in the golden glow of the valley on any of the top fall hikes in Vail independently, or join one of Walking Mountain’s Science Center’s Fall Color Hikes taking place Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from September 15 through October 15. For a unique hiking experience, Paragon Guides offers a “Take a Llama to Lunch” program that entertains and guides hikers through the backcountry surrounding Vail.

Mountain biking enthusiasts will literally “fall” in love with any of the valley’s 500 plus miles of trails that wind through countless groves of golden trees. Vail Mountain, covered in aspens, offers lift-serviced access to mountain biking trails on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until September 27. Across the valley, North Trail in West Vail offers stunning views of the town of Vail and the Gore Range as it winds through classic aspen and alpine singletrack.

Discover Vail in the spring, summer and fall. There’s no place like Vail for year-round recreation, outdoor pursuits and cultural experiences in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Nestled at the foot of Vail Mountain just two hours west of Denver, Vail’s fresh air, rugged beauty and charming pedestrian villages await visitors. Discover quaint Bavarian villages where outdoor activities abound and the performing arts flourish. Matching the incredible winter mountain experience, Vail from May through October is characterized by a rich culinary scene, family activities, world-class events and everything in between.

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