Piney River Ranch is more than just a quiet place to kick back in front of a spectacular view. In fact, we offer an array of activities at the ranch, on the water and in the surrounding areas. From canoeing with the family to fly-fishing on Piney River to hiking and horseback riding high above the shoreline, there’s no end to the amount of excitement and adventure you can experience in just a single day at Piney River Ranch.
If the weather is cooperative and trails have dried out we will be taking reservations for trail rides by Friday June 21st, if not sooner.
Along the trail, you’ll enjoy views of the surrounding mountains, the pristine Piney River and beautifully forested areas, including gorgeous stands of Aspen trees. You may also catch a glimpse of our wonderful wildlife including moose, elk and deer. The trails are free from traffic and safe for every member of the family.
Two-Hour Horseback Ride:
The two-hour ride is a very relaxing and exciting experience as you meander through the Piney River Valley, taking in some fantastic views and trails. Rides, scheduled throughout the day depending on demand, depart from and end at the ranch. $85 per person for two-hour rides.
One-Hour Horseback Ride:
If your time is limited, the one-hour ride affords you a similar experience lasting half as long. You will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the Piney River area while not impacting the rest of your itinerary. $70 per person for one-hour rides.
"Piney River Ranch—home to the largest private lake in Colorado—introduces partnership with Minturn Anglers to offer some of the best lake fly fishing in the Vail Valley."
With its signature solitude, scenic vistas and an incredible variety of trout species, Piney Lake is a longtime Colorado favorite destination for lake fly fishing. Nestled at the base of the remote and rugged Gore Range and surrounded by the Eagle’s Nest wilderness, Piney Lake is the trout-laden gem of Eagle County.
And now, the venue is taking its private lake fishing to a whole new level by partnering with Minturn Anglers—a partnership that will bring every visiting angler some of the best fishing in Colorado.
Piney River Ranch anglers can chase almost every species of trout found in Colorado (Brookies, Browns, Cutthroat, and Rainbow trout), in almost every way imaginable. Knowledgeable, professional guides will facilitate activities from shore fishing to floating in canoes, to drift boats and even stand up paddle boards.
Minturn Anglers has a shoreside shop, open seven days a week and ready to outfit seasoned and novice anglers alike. FREE casting clinics are offered every day from 9am until noon, while guided fishing trips are available for those looking to learn and increase their chances at catching fish. If you like to do it yourself, fishing equipment, waders, rods and watercraft are available for rent..
Piney River Ranch offers guests the opportunity to explore Piney Lake in a canoe starting at $25 per hour, including paddles, life vests and instruction. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are only accepted for large groups. Please note that disruptions in canoeing activity may be experienced due to wedding ceremonies and other large events. Please check our interactive calendar and/or ask about canoeing at the rental shack.
The Upper Piney trail begins at Piney Lake at the end of Red Sandstone Road #700 outside of the Piney River Ranch entrance and ends at Upper Piney Lake. Begin your journey outside of the ranch (where public parking is available), pass picturesque Piney Lake and gently climb through open meadow before entering forest and reaching a cascading waterfall about three miles in. The average hiker will have no problem reaching the waterfall destination in about 45 minutes; however, the trail becomes less distinct and more difficult after the falls, becoming steeper as it approaches Upper Piney Lake.
Whether you prefer to go on foot or horseback, the lower part of the 6.68-mile Upper Piney River Trail provides one of the area's most popular excursions—with a gorgeous waterfall just 2.5 miles from the trailhead. Beyond that, the Upper Piney River Trail provides access to Mt. Powell, the 13,534-foot gem of the Gore Range, as well as the entire length of Piney River. Beyond the 5.5-mile mark, fewer people and horses use the trail.
From the trailhead, Upper Piney River Trail climbs gradually for 2.5 miles to the waterfall and becomes less distinct after the falls.