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Vail, CO
Travel Guide

Vail showing a square or plaza, a luxury hotel or resort and ice skating

One of the world’s most iconic ski destinations, this upmarket resort encompasses vast acres of open and forested terrain.

Vail is among America’s most popular and largest single-mountain ski resorts. Its wide appeal includes well-groomed and varied terrain, an energetic après-ski scene, diverse shopping and excellent hiking and biking. Hit the slopes on the resort’s legendary naturally sculpted back bowls or explore the pretty Tirolean-style village.

The resort’s main draw is Vail Mountain, which features 5,290 acres (2,140 hectares) of terrain. The front side of the mountain offers several long cruises and beginner runs while the north-facing Blue Sky Basin is home to almost endless backcountry trails and glade skiing. Head to the back bowls for more than 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of challenging terrain.

Learn about the development of skiing at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum examines the world history of the sport, with a focus on Colorado’s involvement. One room is dedicated to the 10th Mountain Division, a decorated World War II alpine unit that trained in the surrounding mountains. See centuries-old skis and amusing early ski fashions.

Take the kids to Vail Adventure Ridge, located near Eagle’s Nest, to enjoy a variety of activities for all ages. Accessible via the Eagle Bahn gondola, the center offers snow biking, snowshoe tours, mini snowmobile rides and other family-friendly attractions.

Don’t miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, at an elevation of 8,250 feet (2,514 meters). They are touted as North America’s highest public botanical gardens and have more than 2,000 types of plants, showcasing the wide range of vegetation that can be grown at high altitudes. Wander down scenic paths lined with wild roses and alpine plants. Notice the rock garden with its gorgeous 120-foot (37-meter) waterfall.

Vail is located in Eagle County Colorado, 97 miles (156 kilometers) west of Denver. Fly into Eagle County or Denver International airports and catch one of the regular shuttle services running to Vail. The town offers one of the country’s largest free shuttle bus services, so it’s easy to get around without a car.

Where to stay in Vail

Tivoli Lodge
Tivoli Lodge
4 out of 5
386 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO
The price is $247 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in the mountains, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cogswell Gallery and Vail Ski Resort. Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Betty Ford ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel great location to parks and restaurants etc."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Tivoli Lodge
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
5 out of 5
675 Lionshead Place, Vail, CO
Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out resort in Vail is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Ridge and Vail Ski Resort and close to winter sports such as ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (668 reviews)
"Arrebelle was beautiful and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
4 out of 5
174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO
Situated in the mountains, this romantic hotel is steps from Cogswell Gallery and Vail Ski Resort. Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Vail Valley Medical ...
4.3/5Excellent! (887 reviews)
"Perfect location."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge Premium Studio
100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge Premium Studio
Vail, CO
Situated in Vail, this condo building is steps from Born Free Express Lift-8 and Vail Ski Resort. Adventure Ridge and John A. Dobson Ice Arena are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Great stay!
"Nice updated studio condo perfect for 2 people. Great view and nice fireplace for chilly nights... Had a problem with a downstairs utility closet that had a constant alarm going off, but property management was quick to act and resolve the issue. I’d stay here again."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge Premium Studio
Ski In and Out From This Lovely Lionshead Condo in the Perfect Location!
Ski In and Out From This Lovely Lionshead Condo in the Perfect Location!
Vail, CO
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo building in Vail is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Ridge and Vail Ski Resort and close to winter sports ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Great property and fabulous location.
"Booking process was easy and all details were accurate. Easy walk to chairlift, gondola and Vail village. Property was great with all needed amenities. Would stay there again."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Ski In and Out From This Lovely Lionshead Condo in the Perfect Location!
100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge
100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge
Vail, CO
Situated in Vail, this condo building is steps from Born Free Express Lift-8 and Vail Ski Resort. Adventure Ridge and John A. Dobson Ice Arena are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Lionshead Village with Mountain View
"This property was used as an accommodation for a surprise vacation for my husband. We loved it! Here is what would make us come back in a heartbeat: - Our room was dog friendly - We had a view over Lionshead straight to the mountain and it was beautiful - The room was conveniently located to wherever ..."

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2021

100 Meter Walk to the Lionshead Gondola Lifthouse Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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