Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

 Have you ever considered visiting Vail, Colorado, in the summer or fall? While the mountain may feel like the primary draw, with skiing being the premier activity, there is much to see and do in the Vail Valley when the snows melt. In fact, the Valley itself is a primary attraction, with outdoor activities welcoming guests to take in the natural beauty of the area.

If you are one who likes a little bit of a thrill, consider heading out on a whitewater rafting experience. For those who enjoy breathtaking views, ballooning over the mountain is definitely an experience to remember. For something a little less dare devilish, horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities.

Family mountain biking in Beaver Creek
Mountain biking in the Vail area offers a chance to view the mountains from a new perspective.

All of these are best enjoyed when the snows are gone, making them the perfect reason to plan a summertime/falltime Vail, Colorado vacation.

Popular Things to Do in Vail

As you are planning the activities for your summer Vail vacation, make sure to consider these established companies.

Rafting with Timberline Tours

Timberline Tours offers rafting throughout the Vail Valley area. This is the largest outfitter in the region, so you can be sure that your experience will be safe and your guide will be professional. They offer everything from family-friendly trips to wild category IV and V rapids. You can also partner with Timberline for fly fishing excursions.

Camelot Balloons
Camelot Balloons has 20 years of experience showing visitors the Vail area from the basket of a hot air balloon.

Camelot Balloons, Inc.

Seeing the Rockies from the basket of a hot air balloon is an experience you will not soon forget. Camelot Balloons offers rides over the mountains that surround Vail.

The balloons are FAA certified and can hold between four and eight people. All are flown by FAA certified professional aeronauts, and the company has 20 years of experience.

While Camelot Balloons offers their services year-round, the summer brings the best temperatures to experience the trip.

Vail Sports Bike Rentals

Vail Sports has bike rentals for Vail guests to use on the community’s extensive bike path. Through Vail Sports, you can either rent your own bike and gear and head out on your own, or you can join a guided bike tour of Vail Pass.

Bike Tour Vail
At Vail Sports, you can rent your gear and head out on your own, or join a guided bike tour of Vail Pass.

Bike tours include transportation, bike rental, a map, a water bottle, helmet use, and a guide.

If You Go

Before planning a Vail, Colorado travel experience, be sure you are certain of the current weather conditions. To learn more about what is available to do in the community, visit

Rafting with Timberline Tours
1432 Chambers Ave.
Eagle, CO 81631

Camelot Balloons, Inc.
P.O. Box 1896

Vail Sports Bike Rentals
675 Lionshead Place, Building D, Level 1

Special thanks to Vail Sports and Camelot Balloons for providing the photos featured in this article!