Friday, July 22, 2016


I LOVE Vail in the summer! Vail has evolved into a fabulous world class all season resort with superb accommodations, fine cuisine, entertainment, and great activities. If you enjoy the outdoors there are plenty of trails for hiking and biking.

You can be on trails like this after just an hour and 45 minute drive from Denver.

If you are new to Vail's 8022' altitude, take a few days to acclimate before taking on challenging hiking or biking routes. Avoid altitude sickness by drinking lots of water. 
You will love the plethora of colorful alpine flowers on the trails or in Vail Village.

The famous "Berry Picker" trail is a favorite path for hikers and those trying to "PR" with their fastest speed ascent. At a little over 3+ miles and with a 2209' elevation gain, your heart and lungs will definitely be pumping!

Our daughter Stacy and her husband love "Berry Picker" and she set her PR of 56:07 last week! She began at the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Vail Village and finished at the ticket area of the Epic Discovery Adventure.  She is an accomplished athlete as she made the U.S. Triathlon Team for the World Championships at Portugal's Madeira Island before she had children. She is one tough lady!

I like to hike or bike in the morning when the air is cool and crisp. It is common for the weather to be warm and sunny during the day with thunderstorms in the late afternoon. I took this image as I rode East out of Vail Village. 

Piney River Ranch is a 12 mile rough road drive north of Vail Village and offers hiking trails near the lake. There are a number of hiking trails and great BBQ at the restaurant. 

For a real western experience ride horses with a guide at Piney River Ranch.

Another favorite hike is to Booth Falls just east of Vail.

Vail is one of my favorite places to cycle! You can choose easy flat trails around town or very challenging routes like riding east up to the summit of Vail pass at 10,662'. There are many bike rental companies for road, mountain bikes or fat tire cruisers. Some people like to take their bikes up on the gondolas and then ride down.

This is the Vail Pass bike trail on the east side toward Copper Mountain.

If taking it easy is your deal then an easy stroll is the perfect idea! I hope you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful area of our state!

***Come by and say "Hi" if you are in Denver at the Wesco Fabrics warehouse or our showroom at the Denver Design Districrt on South Broadway.

Images: Dick Gentry, (Jack Affleck) ,All trail Josh Buckman,, Piney River Ranch, Stacy Mullikin

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