The Ultimate Beach Getaway in the Mountains

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Sometimes choosing between the beach and the mountains for a summer vacation is a tough decision, but there is a way to have both. 

Picture this…  you wake up in the morning to the serene tranquility of the mountains. The sun rises over the horizon as you ride your bike through stunning scenery. After a long day of adventuring and exploring, you are ready for some relaxation in the water.  

The Vail Valley offers several water activities that allow you to experience a unique beach adventure while in the mountains. 

If you cannot go to the beach, we will bring the beach to you. Here are the top water activity options in the Vail Valley:

More information about safety protocols and why Eagle County is strong and ready can be found here: https://www.visitvailvalley.com/health/

Top Water Activities in Vail Valley

Nottingham Park 

You have to experience the epic views of the Vail Valley from peaceful Nottingham Lake, which is located in Avon, Colorado. Rent a paddleboat or a standup paddleboard and explore the relaxing waters of the lake. You can also enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, or simply soak in some Colorado sunshine on the sandy beach. The park also has running and walking paths, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, a playground, and grills around the park to enjoy a cookout.

Photo by Alexander Noack

Nottingham Park is an extraordinary destination that features free and exciting concerts and events. The park is also home to one of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows in Colorado. At Nottingham Park, there is something for everyone. 


Sylvan Lake State Park 

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Sylvan Lake State Park is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and the White River National Forest. It is conveniently located approximately ten miles southwest of Eagle and is the perfect setting for motorboating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, and camping. There are 44 campsites, nine cabins, and three yurts available to reserve for overnight stays. You can also enjoy the seven miles of state park trails and convenient access to the national forest. 

Aspen Trees and mountains located in Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle Colorado

Photo by Lance Blade


 Turtle Tubing & Turtle Bus

Summer is the perfect time to take a scenic float in the Vail Valley. Experience nature’s water park this summer with Turtle Tubing, which offers mellow trips on the Colorado river for kids, adults, and groups. Tubing season typically begins in June and lasts through August, allowing. you to relax and booze cruise. Stop at the beach along the river to picnic, play bocce ball, and tan. You can join the Turtle Tubing fun at the Dotsero landing or the Turtle Bus can pick you up and drop you off within the Vail Valley. The Turtle Bus is customized to improve your experience; it is spacious, fun, and designed to allow guests to walk around, socialize, and dance while enjoying drinks and music.

People having floating and enjoying Turtle Tubing


Favorite Vail Valley Pools

Antlers at Vail 

The property’s main draw is the hotel’s breathtaking, fun, and relaxing pool and hot tubs. It is the perfect place to refresh and rejuvenate after a day of alpine adventures. The pool area is surrounded by a gorgeous and unique garden, which includes a heated outdoor pool, two spacious hot tubs, comfortable heated walkways, and warm changing rooms. While you are soaking in Colorado’s sunshine, enjoy panoramic views of the Vail Valley. 


Four Seasons Resort Vail 

If you are looking for a classy and sophisticated experience, Four Seasons invites you to live a unique experience at their heated outdoor pool. There is only one large pool but it has shallow ends where you can sit in the water and get the perfect sun-kissed tan. You can also reserve a cabana to add privacy to any poolside gathering. The hotel also offers daybeds and spa tubs which are perfect after a long day of adventures.


The Inn at Riverwalk 

Located in Edwards, The Inn at Riverwalk offers exciting adventures and proximity to a variety of activities including shopping, dining, hiking, and biking. The hotel also has one of the best pools in the valley. The pool is located next to the river, which allows you to hear chirping birds, the sound of the wind, and the river flowing


The Ritz- Carlton 

Located at the bottom of the chairlift, with panoramic views of Bachelor Gulch, the Ritz-Carlton pool is the place to see and be seen. The spacious patio area allows you to enjoy a wonderful summer day with your family. Take a dip, then head to their luxurious spa, which features holistic, nature-inspired treatments, and a stone-lined grotto. At the pool and spa, you will enjoy a wonderful and relaxing experience.


The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

Rejuvenate and relax at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, which is a luxury hotel that offers an on-site restaurant, athletic club, spa, and an incredible 25-yard outdoor saltwater lap pool. Additionally, the hot tubs that will allow you to enjoy the phenomenal views of Beaver Creek Mountain. The Westin Riverfront has perfected the pool experience by offering numerous relaxation options, such as massages and facials at the hotel spa, which is a perfect option for those seeking tranquility and relaxing treatments.


Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

Conveniently situated in the heart of Vail, the Vail Marriott Resort & Spa offers an unforgettable escape to the mountains. It combines the comfort of a Vail Valley luxury hotel with the finest outdoor adventures. The hotel’s stunning pool is the perfect place to soak in the sun and sip a cocktail while admiring the spectacular views of the mountain.

Note: Check out pool information with the lodging you are staying with. All pools are heated to maintain the perfect temperature for the mountains, no matter if it is spring, summer, fall, or winter.


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