Vail and Beaver Creek are about 13 miles and under 20 minutes from one another. The two are connected through on mountain Bachelor Gulch, or via taxi, bus or car service. Once in Vail Resorts’ Beaver Creek, Vail or Lionshead Village you won’t need your car. This makes for easy shopping in Vail and Beaver Creek.  You’ll also find some of the best restaurants in these Vail villages. 

Between the two resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek, there’s plenty of things to do! Snowmobile Vail, mountain bike, ski, golf, snowshoe, SUV/ATV touring, snowboarding and whitewater rafting, Vail and Beaver Creek have a great mix of activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Ride the scenic gondola to the top of Vail Mountain, to enjoy amazing views of the Gore Range and Mt. of Holy Cross.  Check out Epic Discovery Vail. With Adventure Courses, Ziplines, a Mountain Coaster, Tubing Hills, a Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, and much more, the options are endless. If you’re looking for what to do in Vail in April, check with individual providers, they may or may not have things to do in Vail when it rains. In any season, you can hunker down in the region’s 10th Mountain Division Huts that provide backcountry stopovers for showshoers/skiers and hikers.  A wonderful thing to do in Vail, during Christmas is to take a sleigh ride!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, in Vail, is a tranquil botanical center. 

In Beaver Creek, Beaver Lake Trail is a popular favorite of locals for all seasons. Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center will set you up for McCoy Park’s 32 kilometers of cross country and showshoeing trails. Beaver Creek Black Family Rink, on mountain snow tubing and the Children’s Museum offer up good family fun.

Looking for where to stay in Vail in the summer or really anytime of the year check out our lodging partner page.

There are many activity providers in Vail and Beaver Creek that can help you plan a terrific vacation. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park/Iron Mountain Hot Springs has partnered with many throughout the Vail Valley. Book an adventure with our partners and they can provide you with information about partner discounted ticket options to both Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Information about those partners below:

Things to do in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado

Lakota Guides

For over 30 years, Lakota Guides has been offering epic whitewater rafting and off-road excursions in the Vail Valley. They strive to give you a world of adventure to choose from, and from mild to wild, they’re confident you’ll find an adventure that will exceed your expectations! Visit their website to learn more and book a reservation.

Timberline Tours

Timberline Tours is the Vail-area’s premier whitewater rafting and backcountry jeep tours outfitter, also offering stand up paddle board (SUP) and duckie river trips on Colorado’s Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers. All of our guided trips are open to Vail, Colorado visitors, locals, families, and corporate groups.

Piney River Ranch

Set on the edge of Piney Lake, and nestled at the foot of the majestic Gore Range, Piney River Ranch is a private, forty-acre Rocky Mountain retreat, long known as a favorite wedding and day-trip destination. We are located just twelve miles north of Vail Village, surrounded by thousands of acres of back country wilderness within the White River National Forest.



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