In Vail, the experience extends far beyond the mountain. Vail Village and Lionshead Village are filled with boutique shops along with world-class restaurants and bars. When you visit in the summer Vail becomes a true mountain playground. Take a family stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, get into nature with a hike on Vail Mountain. Experience summer tubing or zip-lining at Adventure Ridge. Or just enjoy the peaceful rivers while fly fishing. More attractions including horseback riding, rafting and golf allow you to enjoy Vail in the summer.
Adventure Ridge: Located at the top of Vail Mountain and Lionshead Gondola...at Eagle’s Nest, Adventure Ridge is the ultimate high-elevation playground. Offering fun-filled activities for all ages, including dino digs, half-day bike tours, guided hiking tours, orienteering, Frisbee golf, volleyball, bocci, croquet, horseshoes, a BMX course, rebound trampoline, and more.
Golf: The Vail Valley is renowned for its 13 unique and intriguing mountain courses. As a guest of The Christiania, you'll enjoy prime tee-times. Our concierge will be more than happy to arrange a tee time for you at one of the many Vail Valley courses.
Whitewater Rafting: Whether rafting on the famous Arkansas, the nearby Eagle or the popular Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River, you'll experience a rush of adrenaline, a splash or two of clean Rocky Mountain river water, and witness the breathtaking majesty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from a totally different perspective. According to your preferences, your guide can take you through challenging rapids or a relaxing, lazy float trip. For more information, contact our front desk at 970-476-5641.
Fishing: The Vail Valley is packed with exceptional locations for fly fishing. Our seasoned local outfitters can put you on the water where all the action is, with everything you need to land that trophy high country trout. Guides in the area offer first-time casting classes as well as trips for expert anglers into some of the Rocky Mountains' super-secret fishing holes. For more information visit Gore Creek Fly Fisherman or call 970-476-3296.
Horseback Rides: Vail Stables are located across the way from The Christiania, or book your ranch adventure with 4 Eagle Ranch, activities ranging from rodeo, Western Dance, Family Nights, horseback riding, Zipline Adventures, 4X4 Guides, Cattle Round-Up, Grilling, and Ranch Menagerie. (970) 926-3372
Hiking/Walking: Whether you’re an experienced hiker ready to take on one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks or just looking to take a leisurely stroll through Vail’s Bavarian-inspired village, the Vail Valley offers endless hiking options with unprecedented views and breathtaking sights. For more information, please contact our concierge.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking has become one of Vail's most popular summer outdoor activities. You can rent a variety of bike types in the Village. Take a leisurely ride along the Eagle River on the bike path. Also, ride Gondola One or Lionshead Gondola up the hill with your bike. Enjoy a scenic ride down one of the many trails, from groomed beginner to technical single track.
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: Explore the beautifully manicured alpine gardens located in Ford Park, just a short walk east of the lodge. For more information on the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, call 970-476-0103.
Tennis: The Vail Tennis Center offers a slice of heaven: eight Har-Tru clay courts and four hard courts with the Gore Range as a stunning backdrop. Open dawn to dusk Memorial Day weekend through September 30, the Tennis Center includes a full-service pro shop that rents rackets and courts, offers private lessons and provides clinics for all ages. Throughout summer, VRD runs morning, evening and weekend play for Men, Women, Mixed Doubles and Men 60+, as well as week-long junior camps. For additional information, call 970-479-2294.