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Vail is best known for its snowy peaks and world class skiing in the winter. However, the Eagle County area has even more exciting adventure to offer in the summer months. This is a list of how I would spend a perfect week enjoying the summer activities in Vail and the surrounding area.
Situated in the heart of Vail Village, close to the restaurants and shopping in the area, this hotel is the perfect launching point for a Vail adventure. The condo-style suites can accommodate anywhere from one to six people and are equipped with kitchens, color TV and private balconies offering gorgeous views of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek. Best of all, the rates are very affordable for the location, especially during the summer when the ski season tourism has calmed down.
This spectacular wildlife habitat is home to a multitude of flora and fauna for the avid hiker to observe. The maintained trails take you through lush ecosystems home to a multitude of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, mountain lions, black bear, beaver and bobcat. In the skies you might see peregrine falcons, golden eagles, rough-legged hawks, and red-tailed hawks soaring high above. The Loop Trail route makes approximately a five hour day hike, but you can expand your hike along the Trail Gulch Trail if you prefer.
Once a training camp for the World War II army force, this area is now a lush park with plenty of beautiful trails for mountain biking. There are a number of places to rent bikes and helmets in the Vail area if you need.
Vail Village’s oldest establishment is a fine place to relax with a drink and take in some of the local entertainment.
There is absolutely no more breathtaking way to witness the astounding beauty of the Vail Valley than to soar over it like an eagle. Guided glide tours are available in the area, with skilled trainers to facilitate beginner and enthusiast gliders alike.
If you are on the lookout for inexpensive and delicious food in a comfortable environment, Pazzo’s is the place to be. In addition to the pizzas, Pazzo’s offers sandwiches and spaghetti, all at very affordable prices.
Throughout Eagle County there are a number of marvelous areas for climbing, including The Kluttergarden, Gilman Canyon, the Homestake, the Wolcott Boulders, Trestle Rock and Hornsilver. The many climbing guide services in Vail and area will provide training, equipment and guided tours for individuals and groups of various levels.
There are many beautiful mountain golf courses in the Vail area to choose from, including The Club at Cordillera in Edwards, The Cotton Club in Gypsum, Eagle Ranch in Eagle, Eagle-Vail Golf Course in Avon, Red Sky in Wolcott and the Vail Golf Course in Vail. Any one of these offers a challenging round of golf for players of all levels.
Known for its Austrian style cuisine and wild game dishes, this restaurant is very popular with visitors to Vail. Be sure to make a reservation.
The Arkansas River is Colorado’s most popular whitewater rafting destination, and for good reason! With rocky canyons and pool-drop rapids, the hundred miles of boatable whitewater on this river makes for an adventurous afternoon excursion. Less experienced rafters may like to try out the Eagle River and Colorado River tours available through one of the many guide services.
Riding horseback is an ideal way to enjoy some of the hundreds of miles of trails that wind through the White River National Forest. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of crystal streams, aspen stands, wildflower meadows and the arresting mountain peaks surrounding the trails. Trails range from easy to difficult riding.
The perfect way to cap off the week is to take a leisurely look at what Vail has to offer in town. From horse drawn carriages and shopping in Vail Village to theatrical events, concerts and festivals, Vail has much to offer all summer long.