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Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

715 West Lionshead Circle · Vail, Colorado 81657 USA

Summer in Vail


No snow? No worries! Vail summer activities are just as exciting with outdoor sports, festivals, farmers markets, concerts and food and dining events filling calendars.

Nature Center & Alpine Gardens

At 8,200 feet, these are the highest public botanical gardens in North America. The alpine display and perennial and mountain meditation gardens represent about 2,000 varieties of plants, demonstrating the wide range of choices to be grown at high altitudes during summers in Vail. The gardens attract a variety of birds. The rock garden boasts a stunning 120-foot waterfall. Allow 1 to 3 hours.

Rock Climbing

Enjoy one of Vail's most popular summer outdoor activities. Several experts and guides with extensive knowledge of the local climbing areas are available. With indoor and outdoor climbing areas, create a Vail summer experience that you and your family will not forget.

Carriage Rides

Enjoy summer in Vail by cozying up with a loved one or taking a ride with a friend to see the sites.


The Vail Valley is an extraordinary golf destination featuring world-class courses with stunning mountain backdrops. Red Sky Golf Club offers the Tom Fazio and Greg Norman Signature courses and is a premier destination for golfers during summer in Vail. Both courses offer stunning views of Vail’s back bowls and wind through aspen forests, rugged gulches and meadows filled with wildflowers. With the new Arnold Palmer Signature Design, the Eagle Ranch Golf Club features panoramic views of the Colorado Rockies along the Brush Creek Valley. The Vail Golf Club is nestled at the base of the Gore Range in the heart of the Vail Valley. Summer in Vail is the ideal time to take advantage of the golf and room packages that are available.

Jeep & Sightseeing Tours

Vail summer activities abound whether there's snow or not. Take a sightseeing trip in a Jeep, Hummer or ATV and roam through fields of wildflowers and aspen groves while enjoying magnificent views and plenty of photo opportunities. Half- and full-day guided trips are available.

Friday Afternoon Club

Kick off the weekend with Vail's Friday Afternoon Club at Adventure Ridge. Take the Gondola* up the mountain for the best views in the valley with amazing sunsets, free live music, and food and drink specials, Fridays in July and August. Click here for more information.

*Lift ticket or pass is required for Gondola rides

Farmer's Markets and Art Show

Summer in Vail means the Sunday Farmer's Market is back with its more than 120 vendors offering fresh Colorado produce, wine, gourmet foods, live entertainment, delicious snacks and a variety of local arts and crafts.

Summer Lift Tickets

Eagle Bahn Gondola is the only way up to the top of the mountain during the summer. A number of Vail summer activities await once at the peak, including disc golf, volleyball, horseshoes and the Discovery Center. As the host of two prior Mountain Bike World Championships, Vail offers downhill biking, a true thrill with color-coded trails for novices to experts.

Summer Lift Ticket Pricing

Golden Leaf Spa

When your Vail summer activities include relaxing and rejuvenating, Golden Leaf Spa has invigorating beauty and therapeutic regimes for men and women of all ages. Our licensed and educated team of professionals will expertly personalize every guest’s therapeutic needs. Take advantage of our spa amenities including a fully equipped fitness center open 24 hours daily, heated pools, whirlpools and private steam rooms in each locker facility. For reservations, contact us at 1-970-479-5004.

Biking Tour

For the experience of a lifetime, Charter Sports at the Vail Marriott offers a biking tour down Vail Pass. Vail Mountain has previously hosted two Mountain Bike World Championships and has trails for novice bikers to experienced downhillers. The gondola can whisk you to the top for a scenic ride down, or opt for an uphill climb if you're looking for more of a challenging Vail summer activity. For information, contact Charter Sports at 1-888-295-9797.

Charter Sports Bike Tour Rates (PDF)

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is just steps away from the resort and offers a relaxing Vail summer activity. Contact Gore Creek Fly Fisherman for all of your fly fishing needs. Gore Creek Fly Fisherman also has a variety of tours available including:

  • Wade Trips
  • Float Trips
  • River Trips on Eagle, Colorado, Lower Colorado and Roaring Fork


While Vail offers a list of summer activities, it is still fun to stay and play at our resort. The available pools include:


  • One 30-foot long indoor pool
  • 50-foot long outdoor heated pool
  • Three Jacuzzis


All pools are open year-round.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and savor the scenic beauty of the Rocky Mountains by horseback, an exciting Vail summer activity that the whole family can enjoy. There are plenty of trail rides through aspen groves and mountain streams as well as around Vail Mountain.


For families and the young at heart check out Adventure Ridge featuring:


  • Rebound trampoline
  • The Dino Dig
  • Nature hikes
  • Horseback trail rides
  • Lawn sports, including disc golf, volleyball, bocce ball, washers and cornhole
  • Climbing wall

Hiking Trails

Hiking trails are endless on Vail Mountain and range from shorter easy loops to longer, more intermediate climbs during. Stroll through vibrant wildflowers, catch a glimpse of wildlife and enjoy breathtaking views during summer in Vail.

Trail Map (PDF)

Rafting & Kayaking

For adrenaline junkies, summer in Vail is the perfect time for a whitewater adventure. There are plenty of rafting trips available varying from Class I to Class V on the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas rivers. Half-day, full-day and multi-day tours are available.

Summer Events

Summer in Vail is filled with music, art, dance and food festivals. Enjoy world-class orchestras and soloists at the Bravo Music Festival, Vail Jazz Festival and Vail Soul Music Festival. Watch legendary artists from around the world soar through the air at the Vail International Dance Festival. Sample culinary treats and wines at Gourmet on Gore and a pint or two at Oktoberfest. A great number of Vail summer activities abound.

Call our resort Concierge at 970-476-4444 for more details or to book on any of these activities.

Summer and Winter Recreation Information (PDF)

Summer Trail Map (PDF)

Vail Pass Bike Tour with Charter Sports Map (PDF)