Vail visitors and residents share and value a lifestyle that combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. From hiking in the summer to skiing in the winter, there’s always something to do in Vail. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the 1,100 acres of open space; 350,000 surrounding acres of national forest, crowned by 5,289 skiable acres on one of the largest and best ski mountains in the world; 17 miles of recreation paths; countless special events, the highest botanical gardens in the world, and an award winning amphitheater.
GETTING TO THE AMPHITHEATER
The Vail Valley is conveniently located adjacent to Interstate-70 in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Easy access to Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs to the east and Aspen and Grand Junction to the west make getting here as easy as jumping on the highway.
Take exit 176 off I-70. Head south toward the ski mountain, into the main Vail roundabout. Exit the roundabout so you are heading east on South Frontage Road. The Vail Parking structure will be a short distance up on the right, past Solaris’ paid parking to the Vail Village parking structure, where summer parking is free. Alternatively, you can continue on to the Ford Park parking lot, where attendants will collect cash for paid parking. Be aware that the Ford lot fills up quickly.
From the Vail Village structure, exit to the east. Walk northeast toward the softball fields until you see the paved walkway into the park on your right. Follow that path straight down to the Amphitheater. You can also take the Gore Creek Trail directly to the venue. See maps below.
From Ford Park parking lot, look for the bike path at the southeast end of the tennis courts. Follow this directly downhill to the Amphitheater.
Convenient paid parking is located right at Ford Park, steps away from the amphitheater. Or at the free Vail Village or Lionshead Parking Structures.
Parking is free this summer at Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. However, you will need to take a ticket to help the Town of Vail collect information about parking use. Please remember to KEEP YOUR TICKET, you will need it to exit the structure.
Please note that overnight parking is not permitted in the the Vail Parking Structures… we’re looking at you, car campers.
GETTING AROUND THE VILLAGE
Vail and Lionshead Village are conveniently located close to the Amphitheater via the Gore Creek Trail, only a quick bike or walk away.
The Town of Vail offers a free bus transit system and can easily take you stops within West Vail, East Vail, and the Villages.
ADA ACCESS & GOLF CARTS
There are ADA parking spaces in both the Ford Lot ($10) and the free Village structure. At major Ford Amphitheater events (Hot Summer Nights, Bravo! Vail, Vail Dance Festival, Whistle Pig Vail, graduations and memorials), golf carts circle along the east and west pathways to the Amphitheater in order to provide assistance to those who need it.
White Bison offers a fun and approachable dining and drinking experience in the center of bustling Vail Village. The new menu features comforting New American cuisine and a cheeky seasonal cocktail menu all within a cozy alpine-inspired space above Vail’s scenic Gore Creek.
Pendulum Restaurant is located in the iconic Gorsuch Clock Tower in Vail and features a “modern lodge” aesthetic that draws inspiration from Colorado’s natural surroundings. Chef Jake Burkhardt’s innovative menu favors an American style accented with Latin influences and is paired with a thoughtful wine list and an elevated spirits collection. The leaders of PlumpJack Group’s nationally recognized bar program, Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano, have created a cocktail experience at Pendulum that features approachable riffs on classic cocktails that are appropriate as an après refreshment, or a nightcap.
The original Pazzo’s Pizzeria is the place to go for pizza in Vail, CO. This Vail pizza restaurant is conveniently located at the west end of the Vail Village parking structure, and across from the bowling alley, Cinémovie theater, and outdoor skating rink at Solaris. Go to Pazzo’s for the best pizza and Italian food with family friendly dining in Vail Village.
Located in Vail, Colorado, Crespelle provides an upscale, healthy dining option with best of class ingredients fueling an active lifestyle.
MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ
Moe’s Originial BBQ is a Southern soul food revival. They serve great food in an atmosphere that is relaxed, spontaneous, yet civilized…well, sometimes. Located in Lionshead Village, Moe’s Original BBQ features award winning Alabama-style pulled pork, wings, ribs, turkey & chicken plus catfish and shrimp served with Southern sides, tasty desserts, whisky & brews.