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Popular amenities for Vail vacation rentals

Stay near Vail's top sights

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail5 locals recommend
The Arrabelle at Vail Square3 locals recommend
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens27 locals recommend
The Sebastian - Vail4 locals recommend
Safeway49 locals recommend
Manor Vail Lodge3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Vail

  • Total rentals

    2.8K properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    2K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    150 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    37K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Vail

All About Vail

There are more than a few good reasons jetsetters choose to visit Vail, Colorado’s gold-standard ski town. As the second largest ski region in the United States, it boasts 5,500 acres of scenic ski terrain. But Vail Valley is not just about size: Its well-groomed runs and powdery backcountry bowls rank among the best in the world, with views from Vail Mountain that stretch across the Rockies. Even if downhill isn’t your thing, this winter wonderland boasts a vibrant après-ski scene with high-end mountainside restaurants and loads of cultural and culinary events. Though Vail is best known for winter sports, summer can be just as active, with mountain biking, hiking, and canopy ziplining galore.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Vail

The best time to visit Vail depends on what you’re coming for. For ski buffs, December through March brings the best snow. January receives the most snowfall, and each year Vail accrues an average of 184 inches of prime powder. During this season, the average temperature high ranges between 29 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring is chilly and soggy, but things heat up by June, the driest month of the year, and stay nice through September. Highs crest in July, with temperatures in the upper 70s. Keep in mind that Vail is around 10,000 feet elevation: To prevent altitude sickness, drink extra water to stay hydrated, and be mindful of your alcohol consumption.

Top things to do in Vail

Vail Ski Resort

Vail Ski Resort is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. Its more than 5,000 acres of snow-packed terrain make it one of the largest in the country. More than 30 lifts whisk skiers and snowboarders to 195 trails that shoot, weave, and dip through the alpine terrain. In summer, it transforms into a hiking and mountain biking paradise.

Lionshead Village

Lionshead is a Bavarian-inspired shopping and dining complex, situated at the bottom of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Its quaint architecture mimics the traditional chalets of Germany, and the pedestrian-only layout makes everything feel close and accessible. Wander around and explore the rows of restaurants, boutiques, bars with fire pits, parks, vacation rentals, and an ice-skating rink.

White River National Forest

Encompassing 2.3 million acres in the heart of the Rockies, White River National Forest is packed with natural wonders and dramatic beauty. Gore Creek offers anglers a place to cast their lines, and there are dozens of hiking and mountain biking trails, picnic sites, and scenic drives.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Vail?

    Vail enjoys a mountain climate, with winter temperatures averaging around 21°F (-6°C) and summer temperatures typically around 75°F (24°C). It's known for its heavy snowfall in winter, making it ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Summers are comfortable, perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Vail?

    You can hit the slopes at Vail Ski Resort, hike in the White River National Forest, or stroll along Gore Creek Path. For cultural attractions, explore the Vail Village with its unique shops and art galleries, or visit the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Vail?

    Winter, particularly from December to March, is the most popular time to visit Vail thanks to its renowned skiing conditions. The annual Snow Days festival in December is a notable event. Summer, with events like the Vail Dance Festival and Bravo! Vail, also attracts visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Vail?

    Many visitors choose to stay in the heart of the city at Vail Village, known for its vibrant atmosphere and close proximity to main attractions. Lionshead Village is another popular area, offering a mix of accommodations with easy access to the ski slopes. For a quieter stay, consider East Vail or West Vail.

  • What are the best places to visit in Vail?

    You might enjoy exploring the Vail Ski Resort, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, or the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. The Vail Village, with its European-inspired architecture and unique shops, is another popular spot. Nature lovers will appreciate the beauty of Gore Creek and the White River National Forest.

  • What are some hiking trails in Vail?

    For an adventurous day out, consider exploring trails like Booth Falls Trail or the Gore Creek Trail. If you're looking for a leisurely hike, the Vail Nature Center Trails and the Eagle's Loop are both well-loved options. Remember, these trails can be demanding, so it's important to come prepared.

  • What are some family activities to do in Vail?

    Families visiting Vail can explore the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, go for scenic gondola rides, or enjoy outdoor activities at the Vail Adventure Ridge, which has a range of activities from snowshoeing to tubing. For an educational experience, consider a visit to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Vail?

    Consider a day trip to the nearby towns of Minturn and Leadville, both less than an hour's drive away. You could also explore the Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, or head to Glenwood Springs for a relaxing soak in the world's largest hot springs pool.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Vail?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Vail. From over 1,640 condo rentals to over 390 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Vail?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,330 vacation rentals in Vail featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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