Top Things to Do in Vail Valley This Fall

Top Things to Do in Vail Valley This Fall

top things to do in Vail Valley this Fall
Beautiful Vail Colorado

Fall in Colorado Rocky Mountain is usually the most affordable time to explore Vail. Visitors can save almost 50% on lodging and dining. Between all the fun events like Oktoberfest, Vail and Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, along with free live music, yoga, and hiking, there are endless ways to enjoy the valley without breaking the bank.

hiking in Vail

While Vail is undoubtedly magical in winter, the town’s unsung glory days are often in early October. When shop windows pack colorful pansies when the crowds have gone, the weather is still nice and warm, and golden hues cascade down the mountains.

Outdoor adventure, relaxation, amazing accommodations, crisp weather, ideal leaf peeping, and great food and wine –Vail Valley provides the perfect fall escape.

Here are some of our favorite ways to spend the Fall season in Vail Valley.

Many people flock to the most popular places in Vail for leaf-peeping, so do expect some crowds, especially on weekends. However, Vail is relatively quiet, local, and very peaceful in October.

ORQUESTA AKOKÁN at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek

When Orquesta Akokán burst onto the global music scene a mere three years ago, their no-holds-barred 21st-century take on the venerable Cuban mambo lit up stages worldwide with fierce and unremitting joy. Singer José “Pepito” Gómez, Chulo Records producer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth joined forces with a carefully curated selection of Havana’s most extraordinary musicians as Orquesta Akokán, polishing Cuban mambo’s golden sound to a luminous, contemporary sheen.

Along the way, Orquesta Akokán imbued these legendary Cuban grooves with a renewed vitality and powerful sense of akokán —the Yoruba word used by Cubans to mean “from the heart” or “soul.”

General Admission Tickets are $20 each. You can also get an Underground Sound Pass for $125, which includes General Admission to all 6 Underground Sound Shows, a Choice of 1 Complimentary UGS Pass Beer, Wine or NA Beverage and the pass is Fully Transferable

Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek
Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek

Venue Address: Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek, 68 Avondale Ln, Beaver Creek, CO

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Live Music at La Tour Restaurant in Vail: Kevin Danzig

Local favorite Kevin Danzig performs a variety of folk-rock favorites and his original songs on the patio. The event is free. Purchasing food or drinks is encouraged.

Venue Address: La Tour Restaurant
122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

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photo of la tour restaurant, Vail Colorado

Pop-Up Picnic in the Park Couple Date Night+ 5 Love Languages 

Watch the sunset with fun digital activities over a picnic!

Nottingham Lake, Avon CO


Enjoy a fun pop-up picnic sunset date for couples in Avon, Colorado! Since our date nights are self-guided, you can go any time. Each date night consists of a series of activities you are guided to complete.

You only need your mobile device and an Internet connection to access your Digital Date Nite Box. At DNB, we pride ourselves on covering all 5 love languages on every date night. All the following is included in your digital date night box when we send it over with registration to create a night to remember!

* Parking and/or park fees for your chosen location are not included.

Venue Address: Harry A. Nottingham Park
414 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO

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Bulb Sale at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Shop a carefully curated selection of unusual bulbs! Hardy, deer-resistant, and naturalizing bulbs such as Allium, Fritillaria, Daffodils, Crocus, Species Tulips, Trillium, Shooting Star & more to keep your garden blooming through summer.

Educational Center of Betty Ford Gardens
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Colorado

Venue Address: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO

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Vail Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap

Vail Ski Swab at the Dobson Ice Arena
Ski and Snowboard Swap in Lionshead

The annual Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap is back again this fall! Mark your calendars and do not miss it!

The Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap is the best place to find all you need for the upcoming winter.  Products will include everything from alpine skis and snowboards to boots and bindings, and a large selection of winter clothing and accessories, such as helmets, gloves, and goggles, will also be available for purchase.

Vail Best Sale of Ski and Snowboard Gear
Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap

This year’s swap will offer a great selection of new and used products. Used gear from the general public will be available at very affordable prices.

Venue Address: Dobson Ice Arena, 321 East Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657

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Walk in Avon

Free Nature Walks at Walking Mountain Science Center

A free nature walk is a perfect introduction to Colorado’s natural world. Join a Naturalist for a free, gentle educational hike through aspen and riparian communities at our Avon Tang Campus location. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain environment. Come prepared to spend an hour outside with appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, and water. Most ages and abilities. Registration Required. Register online.

Venue Address: Walking Mountains Science Center, 0318 Walking Mountains Ln, Avon, CO 81620

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Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show

Vail Village | Meadow Drive | Sundays 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Vail Farmers Market Walk
Farmers Market in Vail, Colorado

The Vail Farmers Market and Art Show is entering 21 years in Vail on Meadow Drive. The event started with a few tents and has grown to over 148 tents for 16 summer Sundays. All the vendors have been handpicked with our guests in mind. We work to have most of our vendors make Colorado artisan items and food. We ring people from all over to enjoy the mountain lifestyle on a Sunday.

Enjoy strolling down East Meadow Drive in Vail while tasting treats from Colorado. Parking for the Market is at the Vail Village Parking or Lionshead Parking. The Market begins late June and goes through till early October.

Venue Address: East Meadow Drive, Vail Village, CO, 81657

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Cupcakes & Canvas

 Want a fun and creative afternoon in the company of friends and family? Alpine Arts Center will lead you step-by-step through the featured project and provide all materials. The class is $45 per person and includes a cupcake! Wine/beer is $6 per glass (all alcoholic beverages must be purchased through our bar; non-alcoholic options are available too). Advanced registration is required.

Can’t make this class but want to get creative? Alpine Arts Center offers drop-in hours Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm, and Sunday, 12pm-5pm, for painting, clay, crafts, paint pottery, and more!

You can also arrange a private lesson or a private group event anytime! Call 970-926-2732 for scheduling.

Edwards Colorado
Alpine Arts Center, Edwards Colorado

Venue Address: Alpine Arts Center
280 Main St C-101, Edwards, CO

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Live Music in Vail: BBQ Mike & Friends

10th Mountain Whiskey Music Series presents BBQ Mike & Friends every Wednesday Night from 7:30 to 9:30. Come by for a cocktail and stay for the great live music.

Venue Address: 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits
227 Bridge St, Vail, CO

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Avon Library Reading Buddies

Family Storytime at The Avon Library

Every Wednesday, October – November 11:00am-12:00pm

Join in the fun with theme-based stories, songs, rhymes, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills for children 0-6 years old. Followed by a craft.

Venue Address: Avon Branch Library
200 Benchmark Rd, Avon, CO

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Avon Colorado Scenery
Avon Library

EagleARTS 2nd Friday ARTwalk

Charming galleries, shops, and restaurants will be offering art exhibitions, live music, sales, and specials for a fun evening out every 2nd Friday of the month in Historic Downtown Eagle!!!

Presented by EagleARTS, ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery with funding from the Town of Eagle, Colorado Creative Industries, and the National Endowment for the Arts and our downtown business community.

Venue Address: Eagle County History Museum
100 Fairgrounds Rd, Eagle, CO

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Live Music in Avon: Al Maul

Avon Live Music
Ein Prosit in Avon

Friday, October 14, 21, 28 7-10 PM

Al Maul is a published local musician who plays every Friday at Ein Prosit in Avon. Ein Prosit is the only Bavarian and Belgian beer hall in Avon, Colorado. Patio seating is available. They serve the finest beers, traditional and exotic sausages, sandwiches, soup, and Bavarian pretzels.

Avon Colorado in Summer
Town of Avon, Colorado

Venue Address: Ein Prosit
82 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO

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Man of the Cliff at the Nottingham Park in Avon

The 12th annual Man of the Cliff returns to Avon for another round of lumber-jack games and outdoor ruggedness! Man of the Cliff is your chance to don your favorite flannel and try your hand at axe throwing, keg tossing, speed chopping, and more! All the while, enjoy craft brews, local food trucks, and mountain town vibes.

Beautiful Lake in the Mountains
Nottingham Lake in Avon, CO

Venue Address: Harry A. Nottingham Park, 414 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO

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Fun Competition

The bRUNch Trail Run 5K + 15K in Beaver Creek

Denver’s most delicious social run club, Brunch Running and World Playground, the ultimate bucket list adventure community, brings you The bRUNch Trail Run.

The cost Is $29 for children and $65 for adults.

Think trail race meets food festival. Enjoy a morning running or hiking through the fall colors as you ascend paths lined with iconic Aspen trees, finish line high fives and hugs, tears of joy, a scented finisher’s medal and brunch bites while raising money for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R).

Race in Minturn
Running a One-Mile Race

Venue Address: Beaver Creek Resort
210 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek, CO

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Having a good time

Live Music in Edwards: Brendan McKinney

Tuesdays in October 5:00pm-8:00pm

The guitar player and singer play an eclectic set.

Venue Address: Drunken Goat

56 Edwards Village Blvd Unit 104, Edwards, CO

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Beaver Creek, CO || GROW Retreat with Andrea Rogers + XTEND BARRE

Group size: 30 – 40

For 5 Days (4 Nights) – Experience the breathtaking fall foliage of one of the most pristine, beautiful places on earth – Beaver Creek, CO – all while being luxuriously enveloped with the finest accommodations provided by The Ritz Carlton- Bachelor Gulch.  

Andrea Rogers welcomes you to join her on this amazing adventure to the mountains. Travel safely with a tribe of like-minded ladies. The theme of this extremely special retreat is GROWING through MINDFULNESS. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you focus on the right things. 

Luxury Hotel
Ritz Carlton Residences at Bachelor Gulch

Venue Address: Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch, 0130 Daybreak Ridge Rd, Avon, CO 81620

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The Ethical Leadership Forum


The Ethical Leadership Forum is a collaborative event that brings together emerging and experienced leaders across sectors—education, non-profit, business, government, philanthropy, media, and more—to learn, share, and grow their unique and interconnected ways of advancing ethical leadership.

This year, the Forum will interactively explore our theme, “Emerging Strategies for an Ethical World,” featuring new session formats to inspire, inform, and interconnect ideas beyond the conventional conference setting. Join us in the natural beauty of Vail, Colorado, to connect and collaborate towards a more ethical & thriving world.

Venue Address: 241 S Frontage Rd W #8150
Vail, CO 81657

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Summer in the Mountains
Happening in Vail, Colorado

Vail Symposium

Overworked and Under Threat: Preserving the Colorado River

The Colorado River is a workhorse—it sustains life as we know it for more than 40 million people in seven Western states and two countries, provides water to irrigate crops, sustains communities with drinking water, and supports incredible recreational opportunities and diverse wildlife. It provides an economic benefit of $1.4 trillion, including a $26 billion recreation economy and hundreds of thousands of jobs. However, we should all understand that it is impossible to ignore the state of the Colorado River.

From our local papers to the New York Times, headlines about dropping reservoir levels, low flows, and increased demand are abundant. This complex system, established with the Colorado River Compact of 1922 and over-allocated at its inception, is strained.

Colorado River
Map of Colorado Rivers

How do we move forward with more demand and a more unpredictable water future? What role do we play, and what actions can we take as a headwaters state? How do we balance a system of diverse and demanding uses? How do we find hope?

Join Vail Symposium and Eagle River Watershed Council as our moderator, journalist Luke Runyon, guides us through a conversation with Colorado River and water management experts Pat Mulroy and Fay Hartman to learn about key challenges that have led us to critical levels and how the collective we take action to protect the mighty Colorado River and our way of life.

The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides educational programs for the Vail Valley community.  These are thought-provoking, diverse, and affordable events for all.

Venue Address: Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley

Colorado Mountain College
Colorado Mountain College, Vail Valley

150 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO 81632

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Vail Comedy Shows

October, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Christiania at Vail Hotel
Christiania at Vail

The Vail Comedy Show brings nationally touring comedians to Vail who have been featured in film and television, like Late Night with Stephen Colbert on CBS, CONAN, HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, and more.

Sam Tallent [NETFLIX, Comedy Central, Amazon Prime, Juno Nominated] (Los Angeles, CA–originally Toronto, Canada)

Austin Black [Iowa’s Funniest Person, Floodwater Comedy Festival, Comedy Works Clean Comedy Competition Finalist] (Denver, CO)

Leah Althoff [Four Corners Comedy Festival] (Denver, CO)

Special Guests

Mark Masters [AWE Network, OutsideTV, ESPN, Pro Comedy Tour, Antelope Valley Comedy Festival, SnoJam Comedy Festival, Rubber City Comedy Festival] (Colorado)

Venue Address: Sarah’s Lounge – 356 Hanson Ranch Rd., Vail, CO 81657

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Friday Afternoon Stitching in Edwards

Fridays in October from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Gather with us to get your weekend kicked off right. Bring your project, or we can help you find a new one. It’s a great way to meet new people with shared interests, get inspired by what others are working on, and get connected. Stitchers of all kinds are welcome!

Venue Address: Maker+Stitch, Edwards Corner, Edwards, CO

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Cupcakes & Clay

Sundays in October from 3-4:30 pm

 Want a fun and creative afternoon in the company of friends and family? Alpine Arts Center will lead you step-by-step through the featured project and provide all materials. The class is $45 per person and includes a cupcake! Your clay class includes all ceramic mug-making materials: instruction and firing/glazing based on a set glaze for the entire class. Projects will be ready to pick up approximately 2 weeks later, or shipping can be arranged at an additional fee. If you prefer to glaze your own piece, you may opt to do that for a half-price drop-in fee of $8; please ask your instructor if you are interested in this add-on.

Arts Center Activities
Alpine Arts Center in Edwards

Venue Address: Alpine Arts Center
280 Main St C-101, Edwards, CO

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Trick or Treat Trot

October 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Get ready for Halloween fun! The Vail Recreation District will hosts its annual Trick or Treat Trot every October 31st. The Trick or Treat Trot is a great opportunity for kids (infants up to 10-year-olds, plus their families) to trick-or-treat through the streets of Vail from 2 to 5 p.m.

Halloween in Minturn

Participating merchants will have an orange jack-o-lantern leaf bag outside their front door. Trick-or-treating may begin in Lionshead or Vail Village. The Trick or Treat Trot takes place rain, snow or shine! Participants are asked to bring their own reusable bags.

The VRD is also hosting a Halloween coloring contest! Download the Coloring Contest information page and coloring sheet and get your kids started on creating their Halloween-inspired drawing. Entries are due by Monday, Oct. 24 and can be dropped off at the Vail Public Library, Imagination Station or Red Sandstone Elementary School in Vail.

The Vail Public Library will be hosting some fun events as well! The Halloween-themed puppet show with Sandy Fuller Ferguson takes place before the Trick or Treat Trot on Monday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Additionally, the Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The scarecrows will be on display at the library from Nov. 5 to Nov. 21.

Venue Address: Vail Village, Vail, CO 81657

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Bottom Line:

Vail Valley puts on a stunning display each fall as the aspens glow gold and the crisp mountain air signals winter’s approach. From September through November, this alpine paradise invites visitors to partake in its myriad outdoor adventures, festive events, and tempting fare—all while enjoying spectacular scenery, fewer crowds, and budget-friendly deals.

Beautiful Scenery
Vail, Colorado

Of course, the ‘usual’ Vail fall fun is in full swing—such as Dining at Vail’s Best Restaurants, Shopping, Mountain Biking, Hiking, and Fishing. Do not forget that Colorado in fall is a stunning place, and with giant aspen groves, Vail puts on quite the display. Many of the best ways to view the fall colors can be found in the Vail Valley.

Leaf-Peeping in Colorado
Ford Park

Vail is one of the top places to see in Colorado during the fall. It’s pure magic! With affordable lodging and fewer crowds in the later months, Vail is the perfect place to get some tranquil mountain time in the fall.

Many people flock to the most popular places in Vail for leaf-peeping, so do expect some crowds, especially on weekends. However, Vail is relatively quiet, local, and very peaceful in October.

How to Get to Vail – What is the best Transportation Service in Vail Valley?

Parking in Vail Valley in October has never been an issue, and it is probably the only time of the year this happens. It is highly recommended to use Public Transport, Private Car Service, Uber or Taxi to get to the events and not worry about parking. Free on-street parking is very limited in the Valley.

Vail Village Parking Structure fills up very quickly. You can also use Solaris Parking for an additional fee. Use of Public Transportation or Private Transportation Services is advised to avoid the hassle of looking for a place to park.

Vail Valley
View of Vail Valley

There are many Vail transportation services to choose from. Vail Blue Sky Limo offers private and reliable Vail taxis and private Vail car services to every Colorado Resort. Families visiting sunny Vail, Colorado, can book private SUV service 24/7. You will be driven to some of the best Vail events, restaurants, or other attractions the Colorado Rocky Mountains offer.

Blue Sky Limo will make your vacation stress-free and eliminate the parking hassle so you can spend more time having fun on the mountain. Whether you are staying at one of the resort villages, a local Vail hotel, or a private residence in Beaver Creek or Edwards, an experienced chauffeur will pick you up for safe, direct transport anywhere you decide to go. Prearranged Vail shuttle transportation services are available 24/7. Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy The Ride with Vail Blue Sky Limo!

Transportation in the Mountains
Private Car Service to Vail

From Denver to Vail in Style
with Blue Sky Limo!

Elevate your journey from Denver to Vail with Blue Sky Limo. Whether heading to the slopes or a business meeting, you can count on us to provide a smooth and comfortable ride. Our team personalizes each trip to meet your needs, ensuring our professional chauffeurs accommodate your schedule. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride in comfort, style, and safety while our experienced driver navigates the roads through the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our premium vehicle fleet is meticulously maintained for a smooth, safe, and enjoyable ride. With Blue Sky Limo’s Denver to Vail Airport Car Service, you’ll arrive relaxed, refreshed, and ready for whatever adventure awaits you in Vail. Our commitment to providing the finest in luxury airport transfers is just one of the reasons we are Vail’s top-rated airport car service provider.

Experience the comfort and reliability of Blue Sky Limo’s airport shuttle service from Denver Airport to Vail. Our service provides more than just a ride; it offers a scenic journey enriched with panoramic mountain views and a peaceful ambiance. Our Denver to Vail Airport Shuttle service is designed to cater to your schedule, ensuring timely and efficient transportation to and from DIA and Vail. We offer a perfect blend of luxury and practicality for groups and individual travelers. Our shuttles are ideal for anyone seeking stress-free transportation through the Rockies. With Blue Sky Limo, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as we smoothly deliver you to your destination. Whether you’re starting your ski vacation or heading home after an epic powder day, let us handle the driving so you can focus on creating unforgettable memories.

Best Things to Do in Vail in The Fall FAQs

What can you do in Vail in October?

Here are some fun things to do in Vail Valley during the offseason: try the local food specials, go biking or hiking to enjoy the fall colors, pamper yourself with spa treatments, play golf or take a ride on Vail Mountain, catch a live show, and go horseback riding to explore the wilderness.!

Is Vail worth visiting in the fall?

Fall is one of the best times of year to visit the Vail Valley. The temperature starts to drop, which results in stunning fall foliage as the leaves change. There are many “off-season” specials and deals to take advantage of during this time. So have fun in the valley without breaking the bank

Is October a good time to go to Vail?

With the summer crowds long gone and skiers still on their way, late fall tourists have Vail (and its super affordable hotel rates) to themselves. However, be prepared for frosty weather – average highs range from the low 50s to the mid-30s – without a snow guarantee. Lots of sunshine is guaranteed!

What is Vail like in October?

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Vail in October is -7.0°C (19°F). The amount of rain/snow in October is normal, with an average of 60mm (2.4in). The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 11.0°C (52°F).

What is Vail like in the fall?

Outdoor adventure, relaxation, crisp weather, ideal leaf peeping, and great food and wine – Vail Village provides the perfect fall escape. As the Aspen trees prepare for winter slumber, they mark their grand exit by blanketing the mountainous landscape in leaves of spun gold – a breathtaking sight.

Can you hike in Vail in October?

You sure can! Rated as difficult, the Berrypicker trail is well worth the heart-pounding climb to the top of Vail Mountain. Drastically winding through meadows of wildflowers (not much in the fall), pine forests, and aspen groves, it is easy to see why this is one of Vail’s most popular fall hikes. There are also many other easier hikes to enjoy all over the Valley.

Is October a good time to go to Colorado?

The best time to visit Colorado is June through October, when visitors can enjoy Colorado’s scenery with hiking trails, water sports, and drives through high-elevation mountain passes. Although lower elevations can get hot in summer, you can always escape to the mountains to cool off on hot days.

Does it snow in October in Vail?

Sunshine, rain, snowfall—you may see it all. Months with snowfall in Vail are usually January through December. You never know what to expect in October, and you can get lots of snow or none. It is impossible to predict the weather.

Does Vail give you altitude sickness?

The base of Vail, Colorado, sits 8,022 feet (2,445 meters) above sea level, and the summit rises to 11,570 feet (3,527 meters). As with any trip to the mountains of Colorado, travelers should keep in mind altitude sickness. Just remember to stay hydrated at all times. This will help you out a lot!

What do you wear in Vail in the fall?

 So bottom line is that you always need layers in Vail, even in summer! You should bring a full spectrum of shorts to a wool coat for your trip to Vail in the fall. The sun is very powerful all year round at high altitudes, so make sure you wear sunscreen!

What should I bring to Vail in the fall?

Boots—hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, cute boots—all kinds of boots for every occasion. A Fleece or Jacket—you are going to want a warmer layer. A Rain Jacket—an umbrella or rain jacket is necessary for the changing Colorado weather. Warm Accessories—You might want to pack a hat as well, just in case you’d like to keep your ears warm. Camera. Sunglasses.

Do I need snow tires to drive from Denver to Vail?

Essentially, the law requires all cars traveling on I-70 to have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow designation, or four-wheel drive vehicles. Additionally, all tires must have a minimum one-eighth-inch tread. If you do not follow these requirements, your fine could range from $130 to $1000!