Vail, Colo. – Vail is known as a mecca for outdoor pursuits in the summertime. Travelers descend on the destination to mountain bike, hike, fly fish, rock climb and so much more! The visitor to Vail may notice that some sports can be done in a traditional sense or taken up a notch in either an extreme or extremely unique way.
The Gore Creek, which runs through the heart of Vail, offers an amazing fly-fishing experience. From wading to float trips, there are Gold Medal stretches along the way. However, in Vail, guests also might choose a heli-fly fishing excursion. Minturn Anglers offers a one-of-a-kind fly-fishing experience that allows anglers access to private Colorado waters in the most exclusive and amazing way possible – in a helicopter. Travel to one of the outfitters remote, private ranches while enjoying streamside fine dining. Custom itineraries can be built to fit each individual group’s needs. All-inclusive trips start at $3,995 for up to three anglers.
From its streams to the mountains, the Vail Valley offers more than 166 miles of hiking trails. Hiking is an outdoor pursuit designed for all ages and abilities. Vail offers a plethora of trails to choose from on Vail Mountain and throughout the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges. Travelers can explore on their own or use a service that offers private tours for individuals, couples, families and groups that are tailored to meet specific needs. Guided nature hikes and alpine walks are available for beginners, while guided expert outings can be arranged for those wanting to summit 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks.
Paragon Guides’ offers a unique hiking program as their participatory approach to guiding includes the option of exploring the backcountry with llamas. Paragon’s programs include the Take a Llama to Lunch day hike or multi-day trekking with llamas in the backcountry.
Many ski resorts provide summer lift access to on-mountain activities. But do you want to soar like an eagle? Travel through the forest canopy like a squirrel? Find out if you’re as strong as a bear? See the world through the eyes of a trout? This summer, Vail Resorts will embark on a new adventure as Epic Discovery debuts at Vail Mountain. Epic Discovery provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing guests in activities which provide big-time thrills, allow them to challenge themselves physically, guide them to explore and better understand their natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure will feature components such as zip lines, canopy tours, alpine coasters, wildlife trail exploration, and interactive, “learn-through-play” activities, which will debut at Vail in late June.
  • Game Creek Zip Line Canopy Tour: The ultimate outdoor experience, this guided tour will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of zip lines and aerial bridges as high as 300 feet above the valley floor. Guests will learn about the mountain environment from interpretive guides while working their way through the course.
  • Forest Flyer™: This gravity-based alpine coaster allows guests on individual sleds to descend on a raised track through the forest while giving riders full control of their speed.
  • Expanded Trail System: A wildlife exploration trail, featuring mountain flora and fauna and a series of installations that each resembles a different animal ability, such as vision, stride, agility and strength. Vail has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the USFS and Walking Mountains Science Center to bring interpretive elements to the Epic Discovery experiences and will be contributing one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects.
  • 1% For The Forest: Vail Resorts will utilize its new “1% For The Forest” program as a means to contribute one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects on national forest lands.
Epic Discovery is designed to connect both kids and adults with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way, offering guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories. Vail’s existing Adventure Ridge has already undergone enhancements with the addition of two challenge courses, a Zip Flyer, a kids’ challenge course and kids’ zip line, and summer tubing.
Book Early and Save
A Vail summer vacation provides travelers with a great value with room rates starting at $150 per night with the destination’s special Book By offer. Guests booking a summer trip can save up to 20 percent over regular summer rates when booking by June 1, 2016. Vail offers nearly 40 hotels and condominium properties to choose from throughout the community. These properties range from full service, luxury hotels like the Four Seasons Resort Vail to boutique properties such as The Sebastian – Vail – A Timbers Resort. Condominium resorts such as The Antler’s Vail offer exceptional accommodations with the convenience of home.
For more information on summer activities in Vail or to secure an early season Book By offer, please visit vail.com.

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