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The Town of Vail

Matching the incredible mountain experience, Vail is known for its rich culinary scene, exceptional family activities, a world-class events schedule and everything else you’d expect from North America’s premier resort community. Best of all, the discoveries are within easy reach from anywhere in town. 

Vail is linked by three lively base areas filled with endless shops, restaurants and apres hot spots. Connected by pedestrian friendly heated streets, Vail Village is a perfect place for a family stroll after skiing or a bar hopping night out on the town. The Country's largest free transportation system runs frequently, making it easy to access almost anywhere in the Vail area without the hassle of operating your car. You could say the entire town is "ski in, ski out."

Explore Vail

Vail is linked by two bustling alpine base areas – Vail Village and Lionshead Village – each filled with dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and après hot spots. Lined with cobblestones and architectural features reminiscent of a centuries-old European village, these shopping and dining passageways are car-free zones allowing for an outdoor experience like no other. Window-shopping, outdoor dining, guided walking tours, kids play areas, ice skating, stream walks, fly fishing and free concerts are enjoyed here. 

What’s more, the two villages are connected by a convenient free bus system, one of the largest in North America. Routes extend throughout the town, making it easy to enjoy the resort without a car. 

Can’t find what you need in Vail Village or Lionshead Village? A third business district is located in West Vail and includes access to groceries, fuel, food and lodging.

To accommodate a day trip to Vail, covered parking garages are located at the entry to town within steps of the Vail Village and Lionshead Village base areas. Enjoy free parking for the first two hours or arrive after 3pm for free après ski parking. Close-in paid parking is also available. In the summer, the garages offer free public parking all day long.

For More Information, Please visit the Following Resources:

Town of Vail Map

Parking Information

Bus Schedules

Family Offerings

Experiences the whole family can enjoy are a treasured part of Vail’s off mountain activities. You’ll find indoor and outdoor ice skating, bowling, movies at the cinema, guided walking tours, bike rentals, rafting, free concerts and so much more.

Vail’s playgrounds have been rated among the best in the world with Pirateship Park in Vail Village and Sunbird Park in Lionshead among the favorites. A new outdoor skatepark in Lionshead offers ramps, a halfpipe and minibowl for all ages and abilities. And there’s Imagination Station, the indoor play space for children and their families, plus weekly story hour at the library. An assortment of family-friendly clinics, programs and activities are offered year-round supported by the Vail Nature Center, Walking Mountains Science Center, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Art in Public Places, Vail Recreation District and Vail Public Library. 

To learn more, call or visit the Vail Welcome Center, conveniently located in the Transportation Centers in Vail Village and Lionshead Village. 


History

Cherished for its big dreams and even bigger triumphs, Vail was once a sheep-raising and lettuce growing area at the edge of the Gore Range Mountains until its founders worked quietly and inconspicuously to develop one of the greatest ski resorts in the world. Their enthusiasm had been shaped years earlier at the nearby Camp Hale training facility where ski troopers from the 10th Mountain Division honed their outdoor talents to become renowned high-altitude soldiers in World War II.

Their  lives and their contributions to skiing are now celebrated at the Colorado Ski Museum in the heart of Vail. Today, more than 50 years after Vail’s founding, the dreams envisioned all those years ago are still being perfected.

For More Information on Vail History Please Visit the Colorado Ski Museum website

 


Things to Do

No matter the season, there’s always something to do in Vail. Over 15 miles of paved recreation paths offer connections to numerous hiking and mountain biking trails. Or make a day of it at Ford Park with events and activities taking place all summer long at the Ford Amphitheater, Vail Nature Center and the new year-round Education Center at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the world’s highest botanic gardens. Tennis, pickleball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, rugby, whitewater rafting and fly fishing are enjoyed here, plus an 18-hole championship golf course. Vail’s custom-designed children’s playgrounds and an array of outdoor public art provide additional discovery. Or, drop into Vail’s new skatepark designed by local skaters. During the winter, Nordic and snowshoe trails provide a peaceful outing against the backdrop of the Gore Range.

When it’s time to head indoors, Dobson Ice Arena and the Vail Public Library are favorite destinations. Or, take in a movie or knock down some bowling pins at Bol, Vail’s entertainment hot spot. Inspirational workshops sponsored by the Vail Symposium, Vail Valley Institute and Vail Centre are headquartered at Donovan Pavilion and The Grand View which are also available for receptions and other private functions.


For More Information on Town Activities, Please Visit the Town of Vail Event Calendar.



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