While Colorado’s ski resorts are inundated by avid skiers and other winter recreational enthusiasts during the October through May snow season, summer and autumn visitors are able to experience a wide range of recreational activities including golf, biking, hiking, and a variety of festivals and outdoor concerts – Vail is no exception. So taking advantage of the warm September temperatures and brilliant sunshine, a friend and I made the easy two-hour drive up Interstate 70 from Denver to Vail to view the changing autumn colors of the Rocky Mountains and experience some of warm-weather Vail. The photo galleries that follow provide just a glimpse of Vail Village and the colorful scenes that surround it.
Vail Mountain has three base areas: Vail Village (where we spent most of our time), Lionshead, and Golden Peak. Influenced by the architecture and layout of Zermott, Switzerland, Vail’s people-friendly village centers are filled with picturesque hotels, restaurants, spas, and luxury condominiums, all centered around lively pedestrian plazas and heated (yes, heated!) streets. Outdoor cafes and bars are filled with locals and visitors, and retail stores offer high end clothing, art and jewelry, among other items! Several underground parking garages minimize the visual impact of the automobile, and the covered bridge over Gore Creek leads the way into the central core of Vail Village.