Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool in Vail This Summer

The dog days of summer in Vail mean temperatures reach the high 80s and sometimes low 90s. As locals, we consider this to be hot. Our lodging guests from Texas, Florida, the East Coast, or the Midwest think it’s balmy compared to their hot and humid locales. It’s all just a matter of perspective. Regardless, we know that it’s nice to find some respite from the sun and warm temperatures, so we compiled a list of the best ways to stay cool in Vail this summer 

Below, we’ve outlined some of our favorite ways to cool off in the summer. For more information regarding the best things to do during your vacation, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide!  

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10 of the Best Ways to Stay Cool in Vail This Summer  

1. Take a Dip in the Pool  

Stay at Lodge at Lionshead and plan on spending some time relaxing at our beautiful, shimmering pools alongside Gore Creek. There’s no better way to cool off than with a dip in the water!  

2. Go Whitewater Rafting  

Don’t miss out on a whitewater rafting adventure The refreshing water feels incredible on a hot summer day! There are plenty of amazing tours from which you can choose.  

3. Try Kayaking or SUP  

Are you looking for a thrill? To get even more up close and personal with the whitewater, consider learning to kayak or stand up paddle with Alpine Quest Sports 

4. Hike to Higher Elevations  

Hike up high to cooler temperatures. Elevation around Vail Pass starts at 10,000 feet, so it’s a good 10 degrees cooler. The wildflowers are amazing mid-to-late summer! Not to mention the views are unparalleled.  

5. Soar Through the Sky  

Go paragliding! You’ll get all kinds of cool breezes as you soar through the air. If you haven’t seen Vail from a bird’s eye perspective, then you’re in for a real treat.  

6. Get an Ice-Cold Treat  

Speaking of treats, what better way is there to cool off than with an ice cream cone? Take an afternoon ice cream break at Häagen-Dazs or Rimini Gelato in Lionshead. 

7. Dine in the Shade  

Have lunch creekside in Vail or Lionshead. Most restaurants have outdoor seating with plenty of umbrellas for shade. In the evenings, dine outside for dinner, and you’ll catch a cool breeze.  

8. Cast Your Line  

Go fly fishing. Wade fishing is the norm in late summer, so you’ll be kneedeep in the cool river, plus the guides serve up great gourmet lunches. 

9. Ride the Gondola  

Ride the gondola and hang out at 10,000 feet. Play bocce ball, horseshoes, eat lunch, have cocktails, do an easy hike, etc. Remember, temperatures are cooler the higher up you go.  

10. Enjoy Indoor Entertainment  

If you’re feeling competitive, challenge your friends and family to a game of bowling! Bol is the perfect spot to get a strike and enjoy some delicious food while you’re at it.  


Find the Perfect Base Camp for Your Summer Vacation  

lodge at lionshead in summerReturn from your outdoor adventures to cool off from Vail’s summer heat in comfortable accommodations at Lodge at Lionshead. We offer a premier selection of studio lofts and spacious condos that are perfect for your visit. Enjoy top-notch amenities such as beautiful on-site pools, newly renovated fitness centers, complimentary cruiser bikes, and more! Additionally, our thoughtful concierge service desk staff is always more than happy to assist you with things like grocery delivery, tour reservations, and childcare 

Are you ready to plan the ultimate summer vacation?  

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