Biking mountain trails lined with wildflowers
Bavarian-inspired architecture in Vail Village
Skiing the world-famous Vail Back Bowls
Luxurious resort accommodations at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village
Enjoying a sunny day in Vail Village
Stand-up paddleboarding on Gore Creek
Patio dining in the heart of Vail Village
Skiing fresh powder on Vail Mountain
Bright lights at an exciting live performance
A family hike amid colorful fall foliage
Get some fresh air and a dose of culture in this world-renowned skiing destination and mountain getaway.
Vail Mountain’s expansive ski resort is famous for good reason – its legendary Back Bowls are uniquely beautiful. The seven bowls include the Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl, Tea Cup Bowl, China Bowl, Siberia Bowl and Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls. These runs are more challenging than some found on the front side of the mountain, but experienced skiers will relish the striking views that come with the challenge. After a day spent hitting the slopes, refuel at an après-ski happy hour in town. Whether you’re looking for al fresco dining in the shadow of Vail Mountain or cozy fireside snacking, you’ll find options for every occasion and palate. Be sure to check out the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame to discover the history of Vail and meet skiing and snowboarding icons through interactive exhibits.
Year-Round Outdoor Activities
Bike or walk the Vail Recreation Path that meanders from East Vail to West Vail, enjoying river views most of the way. Two gondolas take summer visitors on a scenic journey to the top of Vail Mountain. Take the Eagle Bahn Gondola from Lionshead Village to visit Eagle’s Nest and take part in thrilling activities at Epic Discovery; Gondola One departs from Vail Village and offers incredible views and al fresco dining at its peak. Hike or bike back down via one of Vail Mountain’s many peaceful trails.
Just under 20 kilometers outside of Vail, the scenic Piney River Ranch features water sports, hiking trails, its own restaurant and more. Take the backroads to Piney Lake, open mid-June through the end of September, to experience beautiful alpine lake views worth every winding turn to get there. Journey to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical gardens in the world, which boasts a unique collection of flowers found only at high elevations. Or try your hand at fishing, whitewater rafting, stand-up paddle boarding or hiking one of the many trails with breathtaking vistas like the Missouri Lake Hike & Shrine Pass, filled with wildflowers and autumnal colors.
Explore the Charming Town
Vail founder Pete Siebert served in the United States Army during World War II, and his fascination with the mountain towns of the European Alps can be seen up and down Vail’s cobblestone streets. Two main areas, Vail Village and Lionshead Village, offer fine dining, seasonal festivities, striking architecture and old-world charm that visitors of all ages will enjoy. Vail History Walking Tours depart on Tuesdays and Thursdays during ski season. See fascinating locations in the town’s history and get to know the colorful cast of characters who participated in Vail’s founding as you chat with experienced tour guides. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, often shortened to just The Amp, is a unique entertainment venue where you can see live shows against the splendid backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. History buffs can’t miss a visit to the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, which pays homage to the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division (including founder Pete Siebert) and explores their pivotal role in bringing World War II to an end.
The 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army trained in harsh winter conditions at Camp Hale, located just outside Vail. Vail’s longest ski run is named after the battle they won: Riva Ridge, which played a key role in the outcome of World War II.
In 2018, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council named Vail the first sustainable mountain resort destination in the world.