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Vail Valley cuts a scenic swath through the Colorado Rockies, and with 300 days of sunshine it’s a draw for outdoor enthusiasts in every sun-kissed season.

Surrounded by the pine-dense White River National Forest, Vail Mountain resort is an idyllic Alpine retreat 100 miles’ drive from Denver. One of the largest mountains in the United States, it has over 5,000 powder-packed skiable acres, making it best known as a world-class winter playland for skiers and snowboarders. Yet there are plenty of year-round outdoor pursuits—hiking, biking, rafting, fishing and more—and a vibrant welcoming village.

Denver International Airport


Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show
East Meadow Drive

Over 130 farmers, fishmongers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather on Sundays (mid-June
through October) at this bustling market that showcases Colorado’s bounty. Pick up seasonal
produce, organic small-batch cheese, and just-baked breads for a picnic, or search for one-of- a-
kind souvenirs from local artists. Live musicians provide the soundtrack for a pleasant Sunday
stroll through the vendor stands.

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Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame
231 S. Frontage Road East

Curious to learn more about the history of World War II ski troopers? How about the evolution of
ski technology? Then pop by the artifact-loaded Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of
Fame for a docent-led or self-guided tour. The museum was established to highlight the
contributions Coloradans have made to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. Discover
filmmakers, athletes, authors, and designers who have advanced Colorado’s favorite pastimes.

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Ford Park, 522 S. Frontage Road East

Vail was the much-loved retreat of former president Gerald Ford and his wife Betty, so this
garden adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a fitting legacy. The former first lady was an avid gardener and she relished roaming through what’s been distinguished as North America’s highest botanical garden, set 8,250 feet above sea level. The peaceful paths of the five distinct gardens designed with waterfalls and meditation areas are open for wandering in every season.

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Guided Fly Fishing
492 E. Lionshead Circle

Cast a line in area rivers or high-country streams and lakes with an expert guide from area
outfitter Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, which has been leading trips for 35 years. Wade through
trout-rich streams or climb aboard a drift boat for a relaxing day spent on the water. There are
excursions for anglers of every age and skill level.

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Snowshoe Tours
Golden Peak

Track the footprints of forest creatures and learn to decipher a Rocky Mountain juniper from a
Colorado blue spruce on a snowshoe tour with guides from Vail Nordic School. Crunch through
the wilderness and explore backcountry trails with panoramic mountain valley views.

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Craft Brew Tour

Vail’s après-ski scene is a draw for locals and visitors alike. Sitting on a sun-splashed outdoor
deck sipping a beer after a day of pounding powder is a quintessential Colorado scene. Beer
has been expertly brewed in the state for a century, so get familiar with the latest local pours on a craft brewery tour. Local guides take care of the driving and arrange beer-festival style tastings and chats with master brewers.

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