Check Off These 10 Things to Do in Vail Valley During Your First Year

Check Off These 10 Things to Do in Vail Valley During Your First Year

With its breathtaking scenery and range of outdoor activities, Vail Valley is a paradise for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and anyone seeking to make memorable experiences. This guide provides a curated selection of ten standout attractions you will want to experience during your first year in this vibrant region. From exploring a historical gold mine to hitting the snow trails, there's something for everyone in Vail Valley.

Phoenix Gold Mine

Located a short drive from Vail Valley, the Phoenix Gold Mine offers a glimpse into Colorado's rich mining history. This still-operational mine features guided tours that immerse you in the life of a miner during the late 1800s. As you meander through the winding tunnels, you can feel the excitement of prospecting for gold and can even try your hand at panning.

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum

To immerse yourself in the rich history of winter sports in Colorado, a visit to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum is a must. You'll find a collection of historical artifacts, photographs, and exhibitions dedicated to the evolution of skiing and snowboarding in the region.


For those who enjoy combining fine dining with entertainment, DECA+BOL offers an unbeatable combination. It's a luxury bowling alley with a full-service restaurant offering an eclectic menu that caters to different palates.

Vail Stables

A unique way to explore Vail Valley's stunning landscapes is on horseback with Vail Stables. Their guided trail rides offer stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Buzz's Backcountry Adventures

Buzz's Backcountry Adventures is your ticket to exploring the unspoiled wilderness of Vail Valley. They offer guided snowmobile tours that take you deep into the backcountry, offering a unique way to experience the snow-covered landscapes.

Bridge Street Bar

For those looking to unwind after an adventure-filled day, Bridge Street Bar provides a relaxed ambiance. It's an ideal place to mingle with locals and fellow travelers while enjoying a crafted cocktail or a local brew.

Chasing Rabbits

Food enthusiasts will love Chasing Rabbits, an innovative restaurant that delivers an extraordinary culinary experience. Their unique approach to cooking and presentation sets them apart and makes every visit an adventure.

Timberline Tours

For adrenaline enthusiasts, Timberline Tours is a must-visit. Their expert-guided white-water rafting tours offer an unforgettable view of the beautiful Colorado River.

Shakedown Bar

If you're looking for a spot to wind down after a long day of exploring the outdoors, Shakedown Bar is a must-visit. Located in the heart of Vail Village, the Shakedown Bar offers an intimate live music scene that adds vibrant energy to your nights. The venue is renowned for its top-notch sound quality, cozy ambiance, and extraordinary performances, showcasing a broad range of musical genres. On any given evening, one might find local bands, traveling musicians, or even the occasional impromptu jam session keeping the crowd on their feet. And the best part? The staff and patrons all share a palpable love for music, making every visitor feel like a part of a big, happy, dancing family.


Rounding off your first-year exploration in Vail Valley, a culinary journey at Matsuhisa is a must. This globally recognized dining venue offers a distinct blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine pioneered by the world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. As you enter the restaurant, the stylish interior and the warm, hospitable staff instantly set the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

The menu at Matsuhisa is an invitation to explore a diverse culinary landscape, with unique creations ranging from succulent sushi rolls to savory seafood entrees, all artfully presented. And with an extensive wine and sake list to complement your meal, your experience at Matsuhisa promises to be a gastronomical delight. Whether you're a sushi lover or looking for a tantalizing fusion of flavors, Matsuhisa in Vail is a venue that won't disappoint.


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Unwind amidst nature's beauty at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Nestled in the Colorado Rockies at 8,200 feet, it's the highest botanical garden in the United States. The garden's stunning landscapes, featuring over 3,000 species of alpine and sub-alpine plants, offer the perfect opportunity for a serene stroll or a family picnic.

Ford Park

Located adjacent to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Ford Park is a community treasure. It's home to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, tennis courts, a playground, and open fields.

Sunbird Park & Playground

Sunbird Park & Playground is a haven for kids and adults alike. It's a quiet, friendly neighborhood park offering playground equipment for kids and comfortable sitting areas for adults.

Vail Nature Center

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature at the Vail Nature Center. This 1940s homestead, nestled along Gore Creek, offers a variety of educational programs and hikes for everyone in the family.

Walking Mountains Science Center

The Walking Mountains Science Center offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences that will ignite your curiosity and love for nature. It's a perfect destination for families and children of all ages.

AVA Rafting & Zipline

For those seeking thrill and excitement, AVA Rafting & Zipline is the place to be. Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, ziplining, and more in the stunning Colorado wilderness.

Buffehr Creek Park

Enjoy a peaceful escape in the middle of Vail at Buffehr Creek Park. With its scenic beauty and serenity, it's a hidden gem worth exploring.

Booth Lake Trail

Booth Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail in Vail. This strenuous 8-mile round-trip trail offers hikers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Booth Falls, and Booth Lake itself. Remember to bring water, and be prepared for some steep and rocky segments.

About Ron Byrne & Associates

As a boutique brokerage, Ron Byrne & Associates have managed transactions exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars. Moreover, they have contributed to significant developments within the Vail Valley. Some of their standout projects encompass the Vail Athletic Club, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, Terra Bistro, the 44 Willow townhomes, the Vail Gateway building, Vail Mountain View Residences, along with numerous properties on Forest, Beaver Dam, and Rockledge Road.

Ron Byrne & Associates's comprehensive experience in development, construction, and consulting offers clients unparalleled expertise and advice. Their previous ownership of a high-end rental business in Vail also provides them with distinctive insights, particularly valuable to those new to the market.

Their enduring reputation is evident in the number of returning clients and referrals that comprise a considerable segment of their clientele. This trustworthiness within the community is a testament to the relationships they’ve built over time.

The firm is committed to marketing, selling, and developing some of the Vail Valley's most sought-after properties. If you're looking to buy or sell a home or have any questions about the Vail Valley real estate market, contact Ron Byrne & Associates today.

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