Vail, CO

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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 theColorado Ski & Snowboard Museumand 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 toVail Adventure Ridge, located near Eagle’s Nest, to enjoy a variety of activities for all ages. Accessible via theEagle 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

Evergreen Lodge at Vail
Evergreen Lodge at Vail
3 out of 5
250 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO, 81657
The price is $159 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Vail. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (983 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Evergreen Lodge at Vail
Grand Hyatt Vail
Grand Hyatt Vail
5 out of 5
1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, CO, 81657
The price is $365 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Vail. Enjoy 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and 3 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (519 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Grand Hyatt Vail
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
4 out of 5
174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO, 81657
The price is $379 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Vail. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (997 reviews)
"Great place to stay, comfortable and clean. Staff was excellent as they were friendly and pleasant. We will definately stay there if we visit Vail again."

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
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Eagle Point Resort
Eagle Point Resort
2.5 out of 5
1500 Matterhorn Cir, Vail, CO, 81657
The price is $212 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this vacation home in Vail. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (415 reviews)
"It is a very nice unit/ Clean and great location."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Eagle Point Resort
Simba Run Condos 2Bed 2Bath
Simba Run Condos 2Bed 2Bath
3 out of 5
1100 N. Frontage Road, Vail, CO, 81657
Stay at this 3-star ski condo in Vail. Enjoy free WiFi, a free area shuttle, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (768 reviews)
"The place was clean, nice, and very quiet."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Simba Run Condos 2Bed 2Bath
Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort
Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort
3.5 out of 5
4695 Vail Racquet Club Dr, Vail, CO, 81657
Stay at this 3.5-star ski aparthotel in Vail. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (914 reviews)
"Beautiful condo with tons of beauty, and a creek, directly in front of the porch."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort
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