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Vail, Colorado

The largest ski mountain in the United States, Vail beckons visitors every season of the year with its superlative ski conditions, unrivaled hiking and biking trails, and secluded fishing holes. Located in the town's backyard, the imposing 2.3-million acre White River National Forest is a veritable outdoor playground. Easily accessible from Denver and the Midwest, Vail is a natural choice for a long weekend of getting reacquainted with the mountains.

During the snowy, winter months, Vail is an internationally renowned ski destination. It owes this in part to a juxtaposition of weather patterns that delivers more than 315 days of sun a year, but also covers it with of snow-more than 350 inches on average. The powder here is rich and deep and shapes some of the most challenging trails in the west. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, though, you'll find something that's just your speed on one of the resort's 193 trails.

Residents know that the fun continues when the snow melts. If you are tired of living as a flatlander, come to Vail and get elevated. Start by climbing one of the peaks in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, which boasts one of the highest average elevations of any wilderness areas, including eight peaks that exceed 14,000 feet. You'll find more amazing hiking in the Nest Wilderness. One favorite is the Lost Lake Trail, an easy out-and-back hike of 6.8 miles.

In contrast to Collegiate Peaks, the gently sloping terrain of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area is dotted by small ponds and threaded by a multitude of streams. About 100 miles of fishable streams within the wilderness promise endless options to hook some brookies. Spanning more than 235,000 acres, Flat Tops is the second largest wilderness area in Colorado. The extensive maze of trails offers more than 100 miles of exceptional hiking.

One of Colorado's largest bodies of water, Maroon Lake, lies within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Walk along this valley lake to see the picture-perfect reflection of the Maroon Bells peaks in the water. If you are an angler, this is the perfect spot to hike and fish. Six peaks in the wilderness tower above 14,000 feet, drawing mountaineers from across the country. Explore some of the 100 miles of hiking trails that traverse nine passes above 12,000 feet. Anyone of them will get your heart pumping and lungs burning.

The Green Mountain Reservoir hosts all types of water-based recreation, including swimming, boating (motorized and non-motorized), water skiing, jet skiing and even windsurfing. Don't miss the historic Paddle over to the Crystal Mill, which sits at the end of a rocky outcropping overlooking the Crystal River and is probably one of the most photographed spots in Colorado.

Vail's Whitewater Park is located at the Gore Creek Promenade at the International Bridge in Vail Village. It is home to the Teva Mountain Games, the country's largest assembly of adventure sports. Events include steep, freestyle, sprint and full contact kayaking, rafting, sprint and cross stand-up paddling and fly-fishing (as well as mountain, road, free-ride and slope-style biking, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, slackline and trail, mud and long-distance running). This exposure has transformed it into one of the most popular locations for water competition and training. If you want to get out on the water and experience the wild, uncontrolled river, a handful of outfitters will guide you on trips on the Colorado River.

If you think you might melt getting wet, take your bike for an all out assault on the Village Trail. Lion Down (get it) is the longest and most exhilarating route on the mountain, and you'll be rewarded with a day of intense riding. The six-mile single-track route descends all the way from Adventure Ridge, winding through Aspen groves. Cap the day off with the Grand Traverse Trail, Vail's signature trail. Crossing the Back Bowls, the trail lulls you into a false sense of security. It starts easy and becomes more difficult. Be prepared to push harder the further you go. The trail can be accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector for a total of 5.3 miles.

When you are ready to getting started, reach out to Nova Guides who will help get your adrenaline flowing and jaw dropping. Feed your need for speed on a guided whitewater rafting tour. If you prefer to stop and smell the flowers, Nova also offers guided hiking and mountain biking tours. Trail Wise Guides leads private tours to that will fulfill all your needs. Let these experts give you the down low on locations that you would have otherwise find. Trail Wise can give you the inside scoop during their mountain biking, hiking, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or wildlife tours.

When you are ready to getting started, reach out to Nova Guides who will help get your adrenaline flowing and jaw dropping. Feed your need for speed on a guided whitewater rafting tour. If you prefer to stop and smell the flowers, Nova also offers guided hiking and mountain biking tours. Trail Wise Guides leads private tours to that will fulfill all your needs. Let these experts give you the down low on locations that you would have otherwise find. Trail Wise can give you the inside scoop during their mountain biking, hiking, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or wildlife tours.

Bring along your Pro Trek with Pathfinder technology PRW2500T-7 to enhance your adventure. With tough solar atomic self-charging and self-setting, the watch will never run out of juice and will always be super accurate. Water resistant to 200M, it's also great for time on the river, whether you are whitewater rafting, paddling or fly-fishing.

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