Summer Activities in Beaver Creek
Those that are fortunate enough to live in the Vail Valley have a saying: “I came for the winters, but I stay for the summers.” Summers in the Beaver Creek are amazing – warm days, cool nights, and so many things to do, you may not be able to fit them all into one trip! Come and discover one of the best kept secrets – summer in the mountains.
There is truly something for everyone. You want adventure? Go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River or drive ATVs through high country meadows and forests. You want enjoy nature at a more peaceful pace? Take to the trails and go hiking or step into waders and try fly fishing.
Come once and you’ll come back every year
Summers in Beaver Creek can become addictive. The uncrowded open spaces, great weather with low humidity, world class golf courses, gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants. We can go on and on. Beaver Creek is where you want to be.
With such a variety of things to do, you will never be bored. Our professional concierge staff can help you sort through the options and put together and itinerary to fill your days but leave you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your vacation.
Conquer the Rivers of Colorado
As the snows of winter melt off the surrounding mountains, the rivers below fill with one of the most popular activities offered in the Colorado high country, whitewater rafting! Beginning in late April, local outfitters run the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas rivers, offering thrill seekers a chance to splash through rippling rivers and big rapids.
For families looking for an easy, fun, splashy float, the Upper section of the Colorado River is the perfect tour. Kids as young as four years old can enjoy this Class II rapids trip. Duckies Inflatable Kayak tours are also available on this stretch of river for families with kids six and older seeking a different kind of experience.
If a little more adventure is what you want, a trip on the Class III Shoshone Rapids of the Colorado River may be just the thing. This tour takes you through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon, a spectacular sight that adds to the thrill of the whitewater.
Another Class III rapids trip floats through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River, a beautiful section of the river. This tour is typically only available from June through early August, depending on the water levels.
For experienced rafters, the real adrenaline pumpers are the Class IV rapids on Gore Creek and the Upper Eagle River or on the Arkansas River. These tours are very dependent on water levels and may only be available for limited periods of time.
Contact your concierge for more information and to make reservations.
Golfing with Altitude
Golf in Colorado is one of our favorite summer activities. Enjoy a day on the links on some of the country’s best, and most exclusive, golf courses. Golf is a spectacular way to enjoy the Colorado Rockies in a very civilized environment.
Our guests have access to many outstanding courses, including two challenging par-3 short courses to help you fine-tune your short game. Our golf courses were designed by some of the biggest names in the business – Fazio, Norman, Nicklaus, Palmer – just to name a few.
Your concierge can make your tee times at any of the following courses:
Beaver Creek Golf Club
Red Sky Ranch Golf Club
The Mountain Course at Cordillera
The Summit Course at Cordillera
The Valley Course at Cordillera
Sonnenalp Golf Club
Eagle Ranch Golf Club
Eagle Vail Golf Club
Vail Golf Club
The Short Course at Cordillera (Par 3)
Willow Creek (Par 3)
Rental clubs are available at most courses.
A Vail Valley River Runs Through It
Make memories to last a lifetime with a peaceful day on the river mastering the art of fly fishing. Get a different view of Colorado from waste deep in the cool waters of the Rocky Mountains.
The Vail Valley offers unparalleled access to some of the best fly fishing in the country – including on the Eagle River and Gore Creek, plus the nearby Colorado River, Roaring Fork River and Yampa River.
The Vail Valley is home to numerous fly fishing shops offering expert guides and incredible service. The guides will teach you all the elements of fly fishing. They all offer half-day, full-day wade and float trips, plus access to private waters.
Luxurious Shopping in Beaver Creek
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon strolling through Beaver Creek Village’s quaint boutiques and eclectic art galleries. Be sure to check out Gorsuch, a perennial favorite for its luxurious mountain lifestyle. Base Mountain Sports is the place to go for a new ski jacket, a warm sweater or to check out the latest ski and snowboard gear.
For cute kids clothing and ski gear, visit BC Generation, which stocks a wide variety of children’s ski wear, Colorado t-shirts, infant wear and footwear, plus toys and games. Don’t miss Eye Pieces, which carries an extensive inventory of the finest goggles and sunglasses.
Art aficionados will savor Beaver Creek’s varied galleries, including the Knox Galleries, which showcases works by many of America’s best sculptors and painters. And everyone loves By Nature Gallery overlooking the Black Family Ice Rink, which houses a selection of beautiful fossils, minerals and other decorative objects from nature.
Contact your concierge if you need help finding a special item or want more information about the shops and galleries in Beaver Creek Village.
Unwind at the Spa
Inspired by the healing powers of Mother Nature, discover why Spa Anjali in Colorado has been recognized as “Top 25 Spas in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler readers and discover why SHAPE Magazine awarded us “Best Hotel Pool.”
Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront- Avon, Colorado (970) 790-3020 (pictured)
Nourish your spirit with our mountain-inspired and nature-infused healing traditions at Spa at The Charter. Nestle in for a cozy spa experience, and immerse yourself in our thermotherapy amenities. Located in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and located inside The Charter, the spa offers 6 unique treatment rooms, a nail salon, a fitness room, and a zen den lounge.
Spa at The Charter – Beaver Creek, Colorado (970) 845-2225
Mountain Horseback Riding
Experience the high country on horseback! Take a guided horseback ride through deer and elk country, and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Cover the varied terrain of our lovely valley on the back of a beautiful and trustworthy horse selected just for you. In the summer, rides are available at Beaver Creek Stables, right in the resort, or at several different ranches within 20 minutes of Beaver Creek.
Riders age 7 and older are welcome on the trails, while younger buckaroos can test their riding skills on the ponies at Beaver Creek Stables.
One hour, one-and-a-half hour and two-hour day rides are available for all levels, as well as overnight trips through the mountains and cattle round-ups. Get on a horse and experience the true West!
Please contact your concierge for more information and reservations.
Take a Llama to Lunch
Improve your hiking experience in Beaver Creek, Colorado by bringing a llama with all of your belongings.
Choose from 3 hiking options:
Arrowhead Llama Lunch
Backcountry Llama Lunch
Wine and Cheese with Llamas
Hikes vary in length and can be customized to your group’s needs and wishes.
Click here to learn more about this fun and unique way to hike the Colorado Rocky Mountains.