Vail Valley truly heats up in the summer months with an assortment of concerts, events and adventures for all. Take your golf game to higher elevations at a variety of gorgeous courses. Spend time enjoying the beautiful lakes and rivers while fly fishing or get to know the land with a thrilling hike or mountain bike ride. Find out why locals come for the winter and stay for the summer, and experience the Vail Valley and the great outdoors! Below find just a sampling of fun recommendations to partake in here in the Vail Valley.
Saturdays in Minturn
The town of Minturn might be small, but it is big in personality. This old mining town with one main street sits along the river just 7 minutes from Vail and is home to its fair share of saloons, restaurants, and parks. Every saturday from 9am to 2pm rain or shine over 85 vendors line the streets for the Minturn Market offering items from breakfast and lunch to gourmet foods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, home goods, fine art, and more.
Once the market comes to a close we suggest popping down street to check out one of the local hiking trails like Meadow Mountain, Grouse Creek, or Lionshead Rock (trail difficulty and parking information can be found in the links below).
To close out this spectacular Saturday you've been having, Minturn also is home to the highest drive-in movie theater in the United States, the Blue Starlite Drive-In! Their movies range from family-friendly, to sing-alongs, to adult favorites like The Big Lebowski where wearing your robe and drinking white russians while watching is encouraged! To view their schedule as well as pricing, click on the link below.
A Day in Leadville
At the bottom of some of Colorado`s highest 14,000 foot mountains lies Leadville; a small town that once was in line to become Colorado`s state capital. Leadville's history is filled with dramatic stories and the town`s architecture and charm still emanate that history today. Seven museums, a mine tour, and cute shops and restaurants down Main Street let you experience life during the silver boom.
Leadville is located 45 minutes to 1 hour south of Vail and Beaver Creek via Highway 24. From I-70 take the Minturn exit, drive all the way through Minturn, and keep on 24 until you reach Leadville. On the drive you'll pass bythe abandoned town of Gilman, as well as the town of Red Cliff as you drive over one of Colorado's most iconic bridges.