Beaver Creek Summer and Fall

Photo by Lois Friedland

Hiking, biking, golf and family fun

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As great as Beaver Creek is for skiing, the summer and fall seasons are just as special. You can relax and do little, or mountain bike, hike among the wildflowers, take jeep tours, play golf, go horseback riding or enjoy a myriad of other activities amidst spectacular scenery.

Beaver Creek Resort opened for the 1980-1981 ski season and has become one of the premier year-around resorts in the United States. It is smaller than Vail and tucked into mountainsides a short drive from Avon and Edwards. It’s more of a resort community than a town.  You might want to check out the different festivals and events throughout the summer and coordinate your booking accordingly.

Beaver Creek is an excellent resort for families with children. At the base of the Centennial chairlift you’ll find mini-golf, a bungee trampoline and a challenge rope course for the youngsters. The day camp gets good reviews from parents. If you plan to do a number of activities look into the activities passes.

Day 1 at Beaver Creek

If you don’t want to eat in your hotel or condo would like a quick and relatively inexpensive breakfast try the Cafe at the Park Hyatt. They have breakfast sandwiches, cereal and a variety of baked egg soufflés with an adjacent seating area.

Take a Jeep Tour, Hike or Bike the Mountain

Beaver Creek Summer Adventure Center, located halfway up the escalator in the mountain village, is the focal point for 4×4 tours, and guided hikes. In addition to beautiful scenery you’ll learn about the mountain and town. Adults should check out the tours and hikes with wine parings at Beano’s Cabin.

After lunch, rent a bike and protective gear through the Adventure Center. You can either ride the single track trails up the mountain or hook your bike on the gondola and head uphill then let gravity help you return to the village.

Golf in Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley

For those who would rather spend the day golfing the Beaver Creek Golf Club is a good resort course that won’t destroy too many egos. The Norman and Fazio courses at Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club offer more than enough challenge for any level of golfer. Check out the stay and play packages.  Play on the Vail course and the Sonnenalp course are other options.

Ice Skating

After 6pm, try the ice skating rink in the center of the Village. They have rentals and special rates for kids and it’s always a favorite family activity.

Dinner in  Beaver Creek

Go casual tonight and grab a pizza at the Blue Moose by the skating rink or a burger at the Dusty Boot. For an  elegant gourmet dinner make a reservation at Splendido at the Chateau.

Day 2 at Beaver Creek

If you have a car, head to the Avon Bakery for breakfast. It’s not fancy, but is a local favorite and the breakfast burrito may let you skip lunch.

Let the Horses do the Work

Book a trail ride through the woods to Beaver Creek Lake with Beaver Creek Stables. The scenery is spectacular and you’ll have time to enjoy a lovely lunch in a spectacular setting. Other rides of varying length are available.

A Spa is Waiting

After horseback riding for more than three hours you’ll be glad you booked a treatment at the Allegra Spa in the Park Hyatt. At that time nothing is better than a hot stone massage.

Fishing and Rafting

Alternative day activities include fly fishing with Gore Creek Fly Fisherman or a day of rafting with the Lakota River Guides on the Eagle River or into Brown’s Canyon.


Tonight, book dinner at the Grouse Mountain Grill. The food is excellent, they have a good wine list and the setting is relaxed. Just enjoy.

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