Spring turned to summer in Vail pretty quickly after Memorial Day weekend. All of a sudden I find myself commenting on how green Vail appears, the number of bikers on paths and roads, the swiftness of Eagle River and how Everything Vail Valley's calendar is full of fun things to do.
Temperatures are rising, too. I see mostly sunshine with highs in the upper 70s for the imminent weather forecast, barring a few showers here and there. A clear and (in my opinion) hot Saturday and Sunday means everyone heading outside should apply lots of sunscreen and wear hats. The sun is a lot stronger at higher elevations, so it's important to take proper precautions all weekend long.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Vail Valley This Week.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Meadow Mountain views
GoPro Mountain Games
GoPro Mountain Games is put on annually by Vail Valley Foundation. As the country's largest adventure-sports celebration, it offers competition, live music and a focus on Vail's mountain lifestyle. The four-day event kicks off Thursday, June 8, and runs through Sunday, June 11.
Highlights of the Mountain Games include athletes battling it out in nine sports and 25 disciplines. This spans everything from cross-country and road cycling to spring and extreme kayaking, bouldering, road and mud running, and stand-up paddleboarding, along with the Ultimate Mountain Challenge. Other fun things to do include dog competitions, a film festival, live music, various parties, a photography competition and more.
For a full list of events throughout the weekend, click here.
More Vail Things To Do
I already mentioned that GoPro will host live music, so it would be remiss not to mention performances by bands like Moon Taxi on Thursday, June 8, at 9 p.m.; Keller Williams' Grateful Grass on Friday, June 9, at 9 p.m.; and Nahko and Medicine for the People on Saturday, June 10, at 9 p.m. These are free concerts with entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Other performers on tap over the weekend include Bonfire Dub, Brothers Keeper, Town Cavalry and more.
Still more events on tap this week include Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk in Edwards on Friday, June 9; Yoga in the Park in Avon on Saturday, June 10; and live music by Dustbowl Revivial, also at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, on Tuesday, June 13.
Photo: Keller Williams Facebook
Vail Summer Fun
Vail Valley offers regularly scheduled activities and programs on top of its many special events.
Nova Guides, based between Red Cliff and Leadville, offers a variety of fun activities like archery, guided ATV tours, paintball and Jeep tours. Click here for a full list.
Drop-in kayaking is hosted at Eagle's saltwater pool for $10. This is located at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is currently offering a traveling exhibit in its education center called "Pollinators, Keeping Company with Flowers."
Walking Mountain Science Center hosts a whole slew of activities like the Creekside Nature Tour, a Full Day Backcountry Hike, a Morning Bird Walk and more. Check out the full list here.
These are just a few of the many Vail things to do that we list on a regular basis. Check the full listing right here.
Enjoy the weekend!