Fall might be Vail’s best-kept secret (shhh). The town is quiet and calm, and the weather can be amazing. Of course, you might catch an early season snowstorm or two, but the weather can also be sunny, cool and crisp (in short, spectacular). Even beyond the glow of September, October is full of events and activities to keep you busy.
You can hike – I recommend the North Trail System in Vail – or bike on trails around the Valley until the snow flies. For biking, I recommend checking out the trails in Eagle, just be mindful of conditions and avoid riding if the trail’s muddy.
If you’re in search of a little more adventure, check out an outfitter like Nova Guides, which stays open year-round and offers Jeep and ATV tours, fishing trips and paintball.
Be sure to check out one of these events happening in the next month.
Photo: Everything Vail Valley
Octoberfest with Alpine Echo
When: Saturday, October 19
Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs
Don’t put your lederhosen away yet – there’s one more chance to get your fill of brats, pretzels and German beer before the Oktoberfest season ends. This one is happening this Saturday at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and features oompah band Alpine Echo. In addition to a beer garden, they’ll have family-friendly fall-themed activities, like hayrides and pumpkin decorating. The fun kicks off at noon. Get more info here.
Photo: Alpine Echo, Glenwood Caverns
Global Solutions Forum
When: Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25
Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 West Lionshead Circle, Vail
Vail might be best known for play and recreation, but what some people might not know is that it also has a long history for being a place where great minds gather to share knowledge, solve problems and learn from one another. The Global Solutions Forum is an annual event co-sponsored by the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder that brings together leaders from across sectors – education, business, nonprofit and philanthropy – for speaker presentations, panel discussions and networking events all focused on one goal: to address pressing issues in society, together. If you’re the kind of person who loves NPR, this is an event for you. Get more info here.
50th Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap
When: Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27
Where: Dobson Ice Arena, 321 E. Lionshead Circle, Vail
If you don’t have this annual swap on your calendar yet, take a moment now to block out some time. Whatever you need for ski season – a snowboard, ski boots, gloves, goggles – they’ll have it at the swap. Their deals on used gear are amazing, and if you dig deep enough you’ll be sure to find some treasures like an old-school one-piece ski suit or the perfect sweater for your holiday parties. Got some old gear of your own you want to sell? There’s still time to drop it off. They’re accepting items this Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elk Parking Lot in Avon and at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle and next Thursday, October 24, from 12 to 7 p.m. at Dobson Ice Arena. Get more info here.
Photo: Vail Ski Swap
Fright at the Museum | Halloween Harvest
When: Saturday, October 26
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon
Get the kids dressed in their Halloween best and head to this family-friendly event, which will get you in the fall spirit and ready for Halloween with a corn maze, pumpkin carving, apple cider and a spooky forest. There’s even an activity called pumpkin chuckin’, which is when Walking Mountains’ staff use their giant catapult to launch objects, including pumpkins, into the air. The cost is $15 per person, and kids younger than 3 get in free. It’s a popular event, so get your tickets in advance. Get more info here.