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VAIL, CO

Locals and guests in this quaint little town are spoiled with gorgeous surroundings and all the amenities of a bigger city. Summer brings endless sunny days and boundless fun. From leisurely nature walks to high intensity mountain biking, scenic horseback trail rides and exciting raft trips at your fingertips you’ll never find yourself without something to fill your days in Vail, CO or Beaver Creek, CO!

Visitors to Vail are in a great location to access the best mountain summer recreation. AVA has whitewater rafting trips on 4 rivers as well as zipline and via ferrata tours within a 1-hour drive of Vail.

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Vail Rafting & other Activities

VAIL WHITEWATER RAFTING VIA FERRATA & ZIPLINING

Visitors to Vail are in a great location to access the best mountain summer recreation. AVA has whitewater rafting trips on 4 rivers as well as zipline tours within a 1-hour drive of Vail.

  • Arkansas River rafting trips are the most popular in the state. From our Granite Outpost you can access family whitewater rafting to advanced Class V trips. Or hit a zipline tour on our 44-acre property. Combine them both in a package to maximize on fun and stretch your budget.
  • Upper Colorado River rafting trips depart from our Kremmling Outpost. Choose a scenic float –great for smaller kids and those wanting a more relaxing river trip – or paddle inflatable kayaks. The advanced Class V Gore Canyon rafting trip also leaves from Kremmling.
  • Shoshone Rapids on the Colorado River offer Class III family whitewater rafting near Glenwood Springs.
  • Our Blue River Rafting trip is a quick hit of Class III family whitewater in a location convenient to Vail and Summit County.
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What is the closest rafting to Vail

Blue River has great family rafting just outside just about 30 minutes east of Vail. If you are looking for a scenic and float trip, just head a little farther north to the Upper Colorado River. If you are looking for something a little more physical then head to Buena Vista which is about 1.5 hours south of Vail.

What is the closest zipline course to Vail

There are two courses near Vail each between an hour and 1.5 hours away. Buena Vista, Colorado is surrounded by beautiful peaks and river valleys. Idaho Springs is in the heart of the national forest.

What is the best rafting near Vail?

Buena Vista has world class rafting for anyone age 7+. The views, the rapids, and the town are unforgettable. For a truly authentic rafting experience try Browns Canyon in Buena Vista.

When is the Vail whitewater rafting season?

The Vail rafting season typically starts near the end of April and can go through September. The rafting season can vary from year to year, but we reccomend planning your trip from May through Labor Day.

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Is there Family-Friendly rafting near Vail?

The Blue River whitewater rafting trips, just 30 minutes from Vail, is a great family activity. These trips are available to people ages 6+. The Upper Colorado is great for kids 2+ and perfect for a relaxing experience to take in the scenery.

Is it Safe to go Rafting Near Vail, Colorado?

Whitewater rafting is a thrilling experience for people of all ages, but when you listen to your guide you are in great hands. Guides go through state required training and run the river hundreds of times before they start taking guests.

How long is the average rafting trip near Vail?

Rafting trips vary in length so you can find a trip that fits your groups needs. The Blue River is a 1/3 day trip that takes about 3 hours. In Buena Vista, Colorado, there are 1/2 day, 3/4 day and full day trips as well.

What should you pack for a Vail rafting trip?

Make sure to pack shoes that will stay secure to your feet and a pair of dry clothes. You will receive a wet suit and a a splash jacket, but what you wear under that will get wet. Pack those dry clothes to change into after your trip.

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Top Outdoor Activities Near Vail, Colorado

  • RAFTING NEAR VAIL COLORADO

    Blue River provides great rafting 30 minutes from Vail. You must be 6 years of age or older to go rafting in Blue River. Buena Vista has world class rafting only 1.5 hours south of Vail for anyone ages 7+. Kremmling has great rafting 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Vail for anyone ages 2+. Learn more about rafting.

  • ZIPLINING NEAR VAIL COLORADO

    Cliffside ziplining in Idaho Springs, Colorado is a great option for flying through the Rockies without having to travel more than an hour from Vail. This zipline adventure is integrated into the cliffside where you will zip above the trees, and go through mountain top obstacles. Ziplining course in Buena Vista is also breath-taking experience with great views of the Arkansas River. Learn more about ziplining.

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ACTIVITY OPTIONS BASED ON LOCATION

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR VAIL BASED ON LOCATION PROXIMITY

If you are looking to make a day trip or stay close to Vail, then the following trips will be great for you.

Silverthorne, Colorado – 30 minutes east of Vail

Activities:

  1. Blue River Rafting
  2. Hot Air balloons

Buena Vista, Colorado located 1 hours and 30 minutes south of Vail

Activities:

  1. Arkansas River Rafting
  2. Mountain Top Ziplining
  3. Granite Via Ferrata
  4. Rock Climbing
  5. Overnight & Multi-day Adventures
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Lodging: Cabins and Campsites

Idaho Springs, Colorado is located 1 hour and 10 minutes east of Vail

Activities:

  • Clear Creek Canyon Rafting
  • Cliffside Ziplining
  • Mount Evans Via Ferrata

Kremmling, Colorado is located 1 hour and 15 minutes  north of Vail

Activities:

  1. Upper Colorado Rafting Trips
  2. Stand Up Padddle Boards
  3. Inflatable Kayaks
  4. Fly Fishing Trips
  5. River & Rafting Gear Rentals
  6. Off-Roading UTV Rentals
  7. Horseback riding
  8.  Guided Hiking
  9. Overnight and Multi-day Adventures

Gerogetown, Colorado, is located 1 hour east of Vail

Activities:

  • Georgetown Loops Train Ride
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