Top 5 Alternative Adventures in Vail

We realize that you may want to try other activities besides fly fishing while you are visiting the spectacular Vail Valley. We thought we would put together a list of our top 5 favorites for you!

1.) Vail Valley Food Tours- This is a food-tasting/sight-seeing tour in Vail where you stop at 5-6 local restaurants and get a brief run-down of Vail’s story. Try it out! Everyone loves walking around the village, and this is the most fun way to do it!

2.) Lakota Whitewater Rafting.  They have a ton of different trips so everyone in the family is happy. These are usually a full day thing, but they take you to some awesome places like Glenwood or Buena Vista! Insider Info: Make sure you book a trip with lunch, because you will work up an appetite.

3.) Stand up Paddling- Nottingham Lake in Avon now rents paddle boards if you are short on time. The best place to get away is Piney Lake. It’s about an hour drive through the forest on a gravel road. Once you get there you can hike/paddle board/rent canoes and simply enjoy the incredible Rocky Mountain scenery!

4.) Hiking: This is a short list of our favorites. Enjoy!

Two Elk Trail in Minturn:

Beaver Lake in Beaver Creek:


Hanging Lake in Glenwood:

Piney Lake in Vail:

5.) Mountain Biking- You can rent bikes at the bottom of the gondola and do “hot laps” OR another way to see the BEAUTIFUL mountains is to hop on a Vail Pass tour and cruise down these wonderful hills! 


Katie Fiedler-Anderson

Katie is going on her 9th year as a fly fishing guide for Gore Creek Flyfisherman. Prior to fishing, she worked as a raft guide and video kayaker for several years. I guess you can say teaching clients about the outdoors is her passion in life!

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