Get Outside and Hike Around Vail This July

By Caitlin Row Stoner

We're in the second half of July, and summer fun continues around the Vail Valley this week! I recommend getting outside to explore a new hiking trail while you are visiting. 

Weather continues to be hot. Temperatures are soaring into the high 80s most of the week, with some afternoon/evening thunderstorms predicted for the weekend. Hit the trail early in the day to escape peak temperatures and possible storms.

With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.

Photo: View of Minturn from above, taken while hiking Lionshead Rock Trail. 

Go Hiking

Last weekend my husband and I hiked Lionshead Rock Trail, accessed in Minturn, Colorado. It's my new favorite hike because it's pretty short (out and back it took about two hours), vigorous (I was pretty winded periodically on the way up, and I live here!) and simply beautiful. Butterflies are plentiful and wildflowers are hitting their peak. Plus, the views down to the town of Minturn make the steep climb very worth it.

I understand that Lionshead Village was named for Lionshead Rock, which at one point really looked like a lion. My husband told me that rockfall from Lionshead Rock made it look less lion-like over the years, but it's still a large and visible outcropping seen from a distance. 

As mentioned above, it's best to head out early to escape hot July temperatures! Bring a lot of water, wear sunscreen and pack a snack for the top.

Check out more Vail Valley hiking opportunities here.

Photo: Another view of Lionshead Rock Trail

Events on Tap

New York Philharmonic begins performances Friday, July 20, in Vail at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Shows continue through next week as part of Bravo! Vail Music Festival

Minturn Market is Saturday, July 21. Expect to see lots of artisan goods, like art, jewelry and more. Hygge Life, an EagleVail shop offering Scandinavian home goods, has a stand there every week.

Vail Jazz performances are planned throughout the week around the valley as well. 

Want to take a day trip over to Summit County? The 12th annual Lake Dillon Arts Festival is July 20 through 22 in Dillon, Colorado. Click here for details.

See a full calendar of events here.

Photo: Hygge Life's stand at Minturn Market

We'll see you in Vail! 

About the Author Caitlin Row Stoner
Caitlin is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.