Adventurer

Mountain Biking

You can stick to the gorgeous paved bike trail along the Eagle River for an all-ages adventure or head off on dirt trails that range from novice to advanced. There are rental shops in nearly every town in Vail Valley: Vail Resorts Retail and Venture Sports, to name a few. The town of Eagle is the latest hit destination for both local and out-of-town enthusiasts with a wealth of trails and a flourishing biking subculture. Insider Tip: The Haymaker Trail in Eagle is a great introduction to mountain biking for all ages and abilities, with easy trailhead access and plenty of parking. A 25-yard outdoor pool with climbing wall and water slide are available at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink to reward the kids with after tackling the fun trail features. Start or end your ride with a lap around the BMX track.

If the downhill is your favorite part, let the lifts do the work at Vail or Beaver Creek. After a scenic ride up on the gondola, you can proceed downhill at your own pace. First time? Take a guided tour for an exhilarating journey down Vail Mountain’s network of mountain bike trails. Vail offers two-hour tours including basic instruction and a guide to help you explore Vail Mountain.

Make a Full Day of It

When you visit 4 Eagle Ranch you can choose to kick back and take in the beautiful scenery, or you can get out and have some extraordinary experiences…of course, you can do both! Be sure to stop by the Trading Post for authentic Colorado-made gifts and treasures, western wear, treats for the kids and so much more while you’re there!

Tip: Visit one of the below Activity Partners and then take your receipt to the Trading Post to receive 10% off your purchases!

Zip Adventures – These zip line tours have 6 different lines over Alkali Creek and a free fall ride called the Canyon Plunge. We’ll get your heart pumping and you’ll come away having experienced the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Triple G Outfitters – Summer horseback riding with knowledgeable guides who will show you breathtaking views of the Sawatch Range, Castle Peak and Red and White Mountain.

Above & Beyond 4×4 Tours – 2 1/2 – 3 hour tours of breathtaking Colorado splendor.

Vines at Vail Winery – Handcrafted, small lot wines in a mountain winery. Come raise a glass!

You can also book a stay in 4 Eagle Ranch’s beautiful Homestead House, originally built in 1925 (remodeled in 2011)… Which makes enjoying all the ranch has to offer that much easier.  Plus, stay with your family and receive a discount on their Western Family Night event!

Photo courtesy Zach Mahone

Tried & True

Piney River Ranch is a long-time favorite in the valley. They have horseback riding, canoes, SUP’s, on site restaurant, hiking, lodging, fishing and so much more. The ranch is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and the restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm from June 21st through October 1st 2016.

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Fly Fishing requires skill and good technique, and there is no better company than Gore Creek Fly Fishermen to show you how it’s done. Their service-oriented guides will dial in the best rivers and lakes for fishing depending on the time of year to ensure the greatest opportunity to reel one in. With full or half day wade or raft trips, even beginners will feel like a pro by the end of this trip.

Wet ‘N Wild

Rafting, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, and Tubing. All very different sports, so you’ll have to determine which suits you most. But regardless which you choose: DEFINITELY get on the river. Vail Valley is blessed with an abundance of skilled and professional outfitters including Lakota Guides, Nova Guides, Sage Outdoor Adventures who raft all the nearby rivers. For something out of the ordinary, sign up for night vision rafting and experience a completely different side of the river. Want to enjoy a river without the rapids? Consider a family float trip in inner tubes, offered by some of the above rafting companies or with Turtle Tubing.

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the newer ways to enjoy the water and it’s easy to create your own level of adventure. For beginners, head to Nottingham Lake in Avon or Sylvan Lake in Eagle and enjoy a peaceful paddle. There’s even an opportunity to try SUP yoga; downward dog is a different beast on a board. Fair warning: once you try it you might very well be hooked.

 

Don't Miss This One Thing

One of the best ways to see and experience the Colorado wilderness is on horseback (where you can relax and let your horse do the walking). Probably the best activity for groups with various ages and athletic abilities, these trips can cater to your preferences and will get you off the beaten path for some of the most incredible scenery around: Aspen glades, snow-capped mountain ranges and grinning kids make for some unforgettable photos. Bearcat Stables, Beaver Creek Stables, and Triple G Outfitters are all good tour guide options.

Local Tips

Flexible schedules? Mid-week lodging rates are typically 30% less than weekend rates.