What To Do In Vail – 10 Fun Adventures


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Wondering what to do in Vail, Colorado?  Check out these 10 fun adventures in or near Vail, Colorado.  Choose from dispensary tours, segway tours, craft beer tours, pub crawls, raft trips, bike trips and more.  There is a tour here for everybody.  Click on the photo or the name of the tour to reserve the trip.  Make your trip to Vail unforgettable by trying something you will, never ever forget.

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Vail Fly Fishing Float Trip

Fishing tours are a fantastic activity, imagine floating down a beautiful Colorado river in a dory while a knowledgeable guide tells you all the tricks to catching the BIG fish! Perfect for anglers of all abilities from beginners to seasoned pros! Float trips allow you to view the fantastic scenery and learn new fishing tactics and offer access to stretches of water that are unreachable by wade fishing.

Minturn Anglers boats are comfortable and well outfitted with fishing braces, seats and even have tables and chairs for shore breaks and meals. These float tours rely on Side Drifting: Side drifting nymphs under an indicator is the most productive way to catch fish on any given day. Guests will fish ledges, drops and deep water where a good number of good size fish like to hang out.

This tour will teach you how to read featureless water and find fish in spots many would never fish and you will learn how to effectively fish streamers on sunny days. The PERFECT, year-round gift for your family fisherman. This tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately. Minturn Anglers will provide all flies, leaders, tippet, waders, boots, rods, reels and lunches on full-day guided fishing trips.




Vail Segway Tour

Outdoor adventure awaits! Come and explore Vail like never before with the only authorized Segway tour company in the area. The enthusiastic, knowledgeable, local guides are ready to show you the ins and outs and tell you the history of this beautiful mountain town, while on a Segway! Your adventure begins in the lobby of the Evergreen Lodge, where you will meet your tour guide and have a lesson on how to ride a Segway

Once you feel confident, you are ready to roll, the tour will cruise by some favorite local spots: Ford Park, The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Village, the Gore Creek Path, and many more hidden gems. Learn the best places to shop, eat, play and view some gorgeous mountain homes!

If you like sightseeing, exhilaration and learning new things, then, this is the tour for you.

It is important to come prepared. Dress in comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen, and a desire to have fun are all essential. Tours include segway rental, helmet and a professional guide. Minimum age is 12 years.

Minimum weight is 100 lbs. / Maximum weight is 260 lbs. and tour is approximately  90 minutes




Vail Mountain Bar Crawl

Partying hard is the theme of this tour and if you like to have a good time, a real good time, then this is the tour for you. If you are looking for a rockin’ bachelor or bachelorette party then this is also the tour for you. The Vail Mountain Bar Crawl is all about fun. Visit 7 to 9 really cool, happening places in Vail and the surrounding area to party, dance, drink and partake of a good time! Live music is jammin’ at some venues and DJ’s spin at others!

Also enjoy your very own butler who only caters to you while guiding you and your group to the coolest, iconic spots in Vail.

Most venues will come with FREE drinks (1 complimentary shot upon arrival), free food, or certain items discounted just for this tour! Enjoy the VIP experience by not having to wait in line while getting FREE entry at the best nightclubs in town!

Prizes and Giveaways! Free “Swag Bag” upon arrival! Get ready to party it up at the Vail Mountain Bar Crawl!




Vail Village Food and Walking Lunch Tour

Experience the incredible gourmet scene of Vail in a totally unique way. Sample delicious culinary creations from Vail’s top chefs and restaurants and discover what inspired them to make this growing ski town their home.

This 2.5-hour tour begins at noon from Vail Mountain Lodge and guides you through the food and history of this world-class destination.

Stroll through Vail village and partake of the international and Colorado-inspired cuisine, while exploring historic landmarks and artwork that define this adventure-filled town.

This tour is a wonderful combination of food tastings, and guided commentary and is truly an adventure for all of your senses.

If you enjoy eating, drinking, learning new things and strolling through town, then this tour is perfect for you.




Booze, Brews & Bites Tour

Culinary glee for the senses is what this tour from Vail Valley Food Tours offers. Enjoy a wonderful introduction into the local craft beer breweries and distilleries in the area.

Vail Valley Food Tours will pick you up at your hotel, enjoy snacks and “roadies” on your way to your first destination, Stoneyard Distillery. Sample distilled sugar spirits and learn all about the distilling process.

The next stop on the tour is Bonfire Brewing where you can sample delicious, homemade beers and nibble on popcorn.

The final destination is Vail Brewing Company, taste an array of beers from Vail’s newest award-winning brewery. This tasting paired with yummy tacos from Rocky Mountain Tacos.

You are returned to your original destination full and feeling tipsy. The tour duration is approximately 4 hours and includes beer & spirit tastings, light snacks and transportation. This tour has a maximum of 13 people.




Vail Valley Brewery Tour

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Breweries here in the Vail Valley are picking up steam and there are some GREAT ones! Your tour begins when your driver picks you up at your hotel or condo a heads to three local breweries, to enjoy the delicious craft beers and spirits they create. Guests can choose from Vail Brewing Company in Eagle-Vail, Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, 10th Mountain Distillery, Prost Fine Beers & Sausages, as well as many other local watering holes in the area.

This tour does not have a firm itinerary as it is completely up to the guests to choose which establishments they would like to go to. Enjoy the option of sampling a flight of different beers or sticking to full size libations.

The driver can recommend a variety of restaurants along the way as well as provide bottled water and simple snacks to guests while in the vehicle. The tour allows for 45 minutes at each stop. After visiting each brewery you will be safely delivered back to your home, condo or hotel room.

Total tour duration: 4 hours Minimum age is 21. Maximum 5 people per booking. Tour can depart anytime after 12:30pm and before 5:00pm. Each tour can be up to 4 hours in duration. Keep in mind that this is for the transportation and tour only, alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Tour is provided by B-Line Xpress.




Vail Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Tour

Marijuana dispensaries are the newest “thing” here in Colorado. Have you always wanted to visit a Marijuana dispensary but were a little afraid or intimidated? Love dispensaries but just want to have someone else do the driving while you enjoy the product? Then this is the perfect tour for you!

Enjoy a private, custom Marijuana Dispensary Tour. The tour begins with your driver picking your group up from your Vailor Beaver Creek hotel or home . You will visit two dispensaries;-High Country Healing in Eagle-Vail and Rocky Road in Eagle-Vail or choose other options, such as; Roots Rx, Tumbleweed and Native Roots instead.

During the tour you can opt for an additional excursion option, or more if time permits;- For example, enjoy a hike on the Eagle-Vail Trail (easy) or Meadow Mountain (moderate) in Minturn-Grab some local favorite donuts at Northside Kitchen-Sample some local beers from Vail Brewing Company, Bonfire Brewing or Crazy Mountain-Visit local Get High Gallery for hand-blown glass and many other smoking accessories-Get a massage at Simply Massage-Have a cup of joe at Loaded Joe’s.

This tour does not have a firm itinerary as it is completely up to our guests to customize as they choose. The knowledgeable guide will know all the best places to stop for munchies, or micro brews. B-Line Express also provides you bottled water and simple snacks to guests while in the vehicle.

The Tour lasts 3 hours and does not include additional excursion costs such as beer, food, massage, etc. The minimum age is 21 years old and everyone in the group must have a valid US drivers license.



Glenwood Canyon Bike Ride with Free Glenwood Canyon Shuttle

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Glenwood Canyon is an amazing-awe-inspiring natural ravine that is wonderful to ride your bike through.  This is an AMAZING family outing. Bring the kids and enjoy a beautiful bike ride through the iconic Glenwood Canyon. The bike path follows the Colorado River as it winds through this 12.5-mile breathtaking, rugged canyon. The bike path is smooth and mostly downhill in this direction.

You will meet at their Downtown Glenwood Springs office, where you will be fitted to your rental bike. The shuttle will take you and your bike up to the head of Glenwood Canyon, from there you will bike back down along the Colorado River, at your own pace. Along the way there are several opportunities to stop, lock up your bikes and go for a hike, or have a picnic lunch. The famous Hanging Lake trail is a popular hike for many bikers in Glenwood Canyon.
Your bike will have a handlebar bag and water bottle holder. The bike is yours for the day, and doesn’t need to be returned until we close in the evening.

You have to do this, it is so much fun and you have never seen a more beautiful canyon than Glenwood Canyon (except for maybe the Grand Canyon- but nothing beats that!) This trip is only available when the bike path is open, which is usually spring, summer and fall.

This trip is brought to you by Glenwood Adventure Company and includes full day bike rental and helmet, Free canyon shuttle, bike lock and map. Bike trailers and Tag-a-Longs are also available.




Glenwood Springs Short and Mild Rafting Trip

Whitewater Rafting LLC would like to invite you to a wonderful day rafting on the Colorado River! Want to go rafting but have kids under age 5 or under 50 pounds? This Short & Mild Rafting Trip is the perfect trip as it offers a milder experience. It is also the perfect trip for those trying rafting for the first time.

This fun, beautiful float with our experienced guides will keep everyone happy and safe. Easy class II rapids are a great introduction for young children or those who just want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the river without getting soaked! This trip is open to families with children as young as 2 years old.

An experienced guides pilot a 16’ raft and carries 8 guests through roughly 6 miles of beautiful scenery. The most exciting rapid, South Canyon, can be up to class III during June runoff. After about 1.5hrs of float time, it’s just a 12 minute shuttle ride back home, making this the perfect first-time river experience.

Minimum age is 2 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All trips meet in Glenwood Springs, CO, which is about an hour from Vail.

The trip includes a certified guide, PFDs; life jacket, paddles and raft.




2-Day Colorado River Rafting Trip through Westwater Canyon

Click to Reserve 2-Day Colorado River Rafting Trip through Westwater Canyon

Outdoor adventure of epic proportions is what this tour promises. Are you ready for a wilder, whitewater rafting trip? How about 2-days of rafting and camping on the beautiful Colorado River with some epic rapids. If you are an adrenaline junkie who loves being outdoors this is the trip for you!

Day 1: Trips meet at Green River, Utah headquarters at 8am. Pack bags into rafts and enjoy a relaxing float to Little Hole Canyon’s natural amphitheater where shards of Native American pottery can be seen. If conditions are dry take a short hike up Little Dolores Canyon to see a beautiful desert waterfall and swimming hole. Camp near Little Dolores.

Day 2: Eat a leisurely breakfast before rapids of Westwater. Big successive rapids, one right after another; Marble, Staircase, Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, and Surprise leads to Skull Rapid, one of the Colorado’s fiercest drops. Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-it-to-me and Last Chance. Super-fun and super-exciting! Vans will return you to headquarters in Green River at the end of the trip.

Trip is hosted by Holiday River Expeditions and includes guides, necessary permits, life jackets and river dry bags, raft paddles, overnight accommodations, transportation to and from the river from our Green River Headquarters and all meals and beverages starting with lunch on day one and ending with lunch on day three.

Minimum age is 8 years






Please leave a comment about what you like to do in Vail and about any of these fantastic tours and trips in the Vail Valley we would love to here your personal experiences and stories. Thanks for reading.


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  • I have always wanted to go to Vail! And I’m planning on going very soon so I’m so excited to read this list. For sure I want to go on the dispensary tour, and I really want to go on the triple B tour!  But  I’m also so exited to go sightseeing!  It looks so beautiful there and I’ve only heard great things. I’m interested in skiing there, do they have good skiing for beginners?

    • Hi Sydney, both the Marijuana Dispensary Tour and the Booze, Brews and Bites Tour are fantastic. You will have tons of fun, learn a lot, all while enjoying delicious food, local craft beers and spirits and good, green buds! Yes there is lots of great skiing for beginners, you will have a ball. Here is a post on How to Navigate Vail Mountain, it will tell you were all the best beginner areas are. Have fun while you are visiting.

  • Thank you for all the tips on what to do in Vail! Vail has always been on my bucket list and we are finally planning a visit for this summer! I have always wanted to raft down the Colorado River so I am very interested in the rafting adventures. But I do have one question about the river rapids - can you choose a boat based on adrenaline level? My partner LOVES rapids so will want a high adrenaline experience, but I would like to just try it without the high adrenaline (I've never done it before) 

    It definitely looks like I won't be bored either way, there's so much to do! 

    • Hi Holly, so happy you will be visiting us this summer in Vail.  These are just two options of many that are available for rafting trips.  The Short & Mild Rafting Trip is perfect for first timers, families with young kids and people who might think they will be afraid of the river.  Do this trip at the very beginning of your trip so if you love it,  you can enjoy another river trips during your trip. The 2-Day Westwater Rafting Trip is definitely for the adrenaline junkie, this trip is also available as a Single Day Westwater Rafting Trip with no camping involved. If neither of these trips suit you don't worry there are lots of options on river trips in the area


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