Destination guide

Nothing but blue skies do I see

To visit Vail is to experience the very best of Arizona. It’s a nature lover’s paradise, all fluffy white clouds, clear blue skies, and miles of unspoiled plains and adventurous trails. Beautiful weather alone makes Vail a special place to visit, but it's the activities here that are especially versatile. Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast, a wine lover, or even a light sports enthusiast, you’ll find every reason to book a Vail vacation rental and make yourself comfortable—if not for a week, then at least a relaxed weekend that offers a serious change of pace.

Things to do

Wine with a side of history

You’d be hard pressed not to find something enjoyable to do outside. There are plenty of fun adventures to enjoy indoors, too, including a visit to the Charron Vineyards and Winery, one of the oldest in the state. Perhaps the area’s most beloved attraction is Colossal Cave—it’s always a cool 70 degrees inside, and families can enjoy guided tours and even enjoy dinner. Love history? Escape your Vail vacation rental and soak up a hint of history in Rancho del Lago. It’s home to a stone retaining wall, a bridge, and a small set of stairs, the only remaining remnants of the community developed in the 1890s.

Activities

Take to the open road…or a dark cave

After you’ve booked that Vail vacation rental, step outside and get ready to explore. Take advantage of the serenity, which lends itself well to excursions on foot. A generous section of the Arizona Trail runs through Vail, and it’s the perfect spot to hike, ride a bike, or go birdwatching with the family. The Colossal Cave area offers prime space for picnicking and camping, and there are incomparable views from some of the area’s most impressive trails, including Gunsight Pass.

Weather

Totally chill in warmed up Vail

Vail is quintessentially Arizona in every way, which means it is expectedly dry. It boasts a mere average of 14 inches of rain a year. Summer highs reach approximately 97 degrees, and it’s sunny nearly 300 days of the year. June is typically the hottest month of the year, but the rest of the season gives it a good run for its money. Winter is generally a non-event—there’s certainly no snow—although highs in January may rarely dip as low as 35 degrees. Comfort is the key in this area.

Natural features

A rancher’s town with an adventurer’s spirit

Named for ranchers Edward and Walter Vail, the area was made up primarily of ranches in the 19th century. Located about half an hour south from Tucson, it’s noteworthy for some impressive natural attractions, among them the Rincon Mountains in Saguaro National Park, and the aptly named Colossal Cave, which includes miles of passageways. Ciénega Creek crosses Interstate 10, which is near the town. Near here, Davidson Canyon is also accessible—a permit is required, but it’s an excellent spot to view a pretty sunrise and dramatic sunset.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Vail

Fly into Tucson, AZ (TUS-Tucson Intl.), the closest airport, located 21 mi (33.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Vail?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,180 vacation rentals near Vail. From 456 Houses to 356 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vail for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Vail?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vail:

  • Rancho Vistoso: 146 vacation rentals
  • Starr Pass: 60 vacation rentals
  • Dove Mountain: 37 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 221 vacation rentals
  • Haven Green Valley East: 59 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Vail?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Vail. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Del Lago Golf Club: 525 vacation rentals
  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park: 311 vacation rentals
  • Cienega Creek Natural Preserve: 226 vacation rentals
  • Charron Vineyards: 56 vacation rentals
  • University of Arizona: 505 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vail listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Vail?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 456 Houses in Vail. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vail include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 356 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 101 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 38 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vail?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 765 vacation rentals with pool available in Vail. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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