Enjoy Western Style Horseback Riding With Sage

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Have mediocre memories of a nose-to-tail horseback ride? You can forget those. Here at Sage, we ride a beautiful mountain ranch the size of Vail ski area. Not bound by Forest Service trails, we encourage you to make your own. Experience the wide-open feel of Colorado’s backcountry on a western horseback ride through aspen groves, wildflowers, and along mountain lakes.

A Different Style of Horseback Riding

That’s another thing that makes a horseback ride with Sage Stables different: our 6,000-acre historic ranch near Vail and Beaver Creek. Not bound by Forest Service permits or trail restrictions, our rides allow you to freely explore and enjoy a western horseback riding experience. Our horses are trained to ride side-by-side rather than following the leader, giving you more freedom to explore the land. Meander through meadows and through stands of old-growth forest, taking in the stunning views as you do.

About Sage Stables

You won’t find us at a temporary corral on the side of a Forest Service Road. Here on the ranch, Sage Stables is an idyllic summer home for our horses. Our experienced staff and wranglers will make sure you feel comfortable and safe, ready to explore a beautiful new country on horseback. Come horseback riding near Vail, Colorado with us!

Check out this video of our horseback riding experience:

For more information on horseback rides with Sage, please visit our Horseback Riding Page. To make a reservation for your Colorado adventure, please give us a call at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.

The Spring Melt: Impact on Rafting and Fishing

Another late blast of snow across the Rockies can dump feet of wet spring snow in some locations. But that doesn’t stop the sun from shining, and temperatures will continue to climb back up into the 70s in many places across Colorado. The smaller creeks will fill up and the water will start to rise. In summary: the spring melt is underway, and that’s the best time to raft in Colorado!

group of rafters in a Sage raft

Spring Weather and Rafting

Even as late as May, Colorado’s snowpack can stand at over 100%, leading to higher than average surges of water. This means when the runoff begins, there will still be a ton of snow up high. Depending on how rapidly summer temperatures arrive, runoff could last weeks longer than normal. At its peak, that means these weather conditions will bring some epic whitewater rafting conditions, making spring one of the best times for rafting in Colorado!

Pro tip: the Arkansas River and the Colorado River often give great insight into when to expect peak rafting conditions. If you don’t want to miss the excitement, give us a call at 970-476-3700 to reserve your spot. Or check out our rafting trips.

Early Spring Weather Impact on Fishing

While the rafting community will be celebrating outstanding whitewater conditions, fly fishing enthusiasts might be less enthralled with the prospect of an extended high-water spring season. However, many veteran anglers will tell you that runoff is not the time of year to sit on the sidelines.

Among many in the fly fishing world, runoff gets a bad rap. Water is high, often muddy and many of your favorite holes might be unrecognizable. But that doesn’t mean the fishing isn’t great. It just means you have to fish differently.

In some ways, runoff provides advantages that help offset the challenges. During high water, fish concentrate in predictable locations. They tend to get pushed out toward the banks and into any slack water where they can find reprieve. You may not be able to wade during runoff, but you probably don’t need to. With fish in these more reachable locations, they can be easily targeted from shore. Check out our fly fishing page for more information.

No matter what you find yourself doing this spring, whether you’ve got a paddle or a fly rod in your hand, have fun and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer! If you have questions about trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures, call us at 970-476-3700 or send us a message.

Reserve Your Summer Whitewater Rafting Trip

Spring temperatures are arriving in Colorado and that means water levels will rise! As runoff progresses, we’re looking forward to an awesome season of rafting!

It’s no secret that when the snowpack is well above average, an epic rafting season is just around the corner. Check out this regularly updated national snow survey to see what conditions you can expect! If there are prime weather conditions, you can bet whitewater enthusiasts are already busy planning summer adventures. Prime dates will fill up fast, so if you have a trip in mind, we recommend reserving your summer rafting dates early!

We offer a wide range of rafting experiences to suit different ages and ability levels, which is one of the reasons why we consider ourselves one of the top whitewater rafting companies in Colorado. Here’s an overview of our rafting adventures:

Float Series (Class II)

Our Float Series rafting adventures are perfect for all ages. These trips on the upper Colorado River travel through beautiful canyons where you’ll enjoy splashing through waves and leisurely swimming holes. We even offer a Ducky Trip, giving you the opportunity to captain your own two-person raft! For more information, check out our Float Series.

Adventure Series (Class III)

Our Adventures Series summer whitewater rafting trips provide the excitement of rapids and spectacular Colorado canyon scenery. You won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face! These trips are widely varying depending on the season and interests of your group. They include stretches of the Colorado River, Gore Creek, and the lower Eagle River. Not to mention, the world-renowned Brown’s Canyon whitewater rafting trips, for some of the best rapids for Arkansas River rafting. Brown’s Canyon rafting trips are suitable for a variety of skill levels.

Adrenaline Series (Class IV & V)

Our Adrenaline Series trips offer some of the best nonstop action on the most well-known stretches of white water in Colorado. Experienced rafters will tell you that the Numbers rapids on the Arkansas River as well as the Pine Creek sections of the Ark are some of the best. But don’t overlook our local river in the Vail Valley! The Eagle River offers some of the best summer whitewater rafting in the state. Check out our Adrenaline Series for more info on class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado.

When is whitewater rafting season in Colorado? Right now! To reserve your dates for an summer rafting trip, call us now at 970-476-3700 or contact us online. Let’s plan your adventure river rafting in Colorado!

After the Lifts Close: Enjoying Spring in Colorado

Many ski lifts across Colorado will make their final rotations of the season in April, and Sage will also close our snowmobiling tours around that time. While the winter season is coming to an end, it won’t be long until summer season picks up and there’s plenty to do to stay busy! But with a few weeks until our summer activities begin, you can be sure the crew here at Sage will be enjoying some well-deserved time off!

Spring Activities in Vail, Colorado

In the meantime, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the lingering snow in the high country, especially after a good year of snowfall. Enjoy the spring sunshine on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis. For the climbing enthusiasts, the hefty snowpack this season will allow for some outstanding routes on some of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. This will be a great season for 14ers, with some perfect ski or glissade descents.

Hiking our National Parks

If you’re looking for things to do that don’t involve snow, there are plenty of options. Most hiking trails at lower elevations have opened up. This is a great time of year to visit Colorado’s red desert country. Colorado National Monument and Dinosaur National Monument provide ideal spring hiking conditions.

Not far away, national parks in Utah and Arizona are also great spring destinations. In fact, the Sage rafting team has made trips to raft the Salt River in Arizona before heading to the National Championships! Check out photos and updates from our practice runs and the racing event here.

man at river holds up fish

Fishing the Pre-Runoff Rivers

Finally, anglers often enjoy an excellent spring fishing season when the pre-runoff conditions are good. Many bodies of water around the state fish very well in the late winter season. However, as runoff begins to take hold, these conditions will change rapidly. Luckily, our expert fishing guides know the best spots to fish and hook onto beautiful wild trout, even during peak runoff season. We’re equipped to take on those looking for flying fishing trips for beginners in Colorado – novice anglers are welcome!

Summer Activities to Look Forward To

As much as we enjoy our spring break, we can’t wait for summer to get back into full swing! We’re looking forward to some great rafting, horseback riding, ATV tours, and fly fishing adventures. Check our guided activities and book your spot now to get back out into the wildness with Sage. Until then, you can bet our team will be out enjoying the best of spring in Colorado!

It’s Time to Start Practicing Your Kayak Roll

Kayaking

Spring is officially here and the paddling season has already begun in many places. In just a couple of months, we will be taking our first whitewater trips of the year here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. We’re looking forward to a great rafting season, especially with the amount of snow that we’ve received in the Colorado high country this year.

As spring approaches, it’s time to begin preparing. If you’re planning on spending time in your kayak this season, now is the time to start practicing your kayak roll. This is an important skill for kayakers of any ability or experience level.

Early this spring, begin your practice in the pool. For some tips, we chatted with Sage Owner and Director of Operations, Cole Bangert. Here are Cole’s tips on getting started.

“Start by working on hip snaps, because that’s the most important part of the roll,” Cole told us. “With a good hip snap, you don’t even need a paddle. Use the side of the pool. Hold onto it with your hands, and hip snap until your abs feel like they’re going to fall off.

Some of your practice will depend on what style roll you are learning.

“The two primary rolls are a sweep roll and a C2C roll,” Cole continued. “I have found the sweep roll to be stronger in big, pushy whitewater. However, keep in mind that everybody will end up developing their own style of roll, depending on what works for them.”

When you’ve got your hip snaps down and you’re ready to use a paddle in the water, there’s one critical thing that you always need to remember.

“It is imperative that your head comes up last,” Cole emphasized. “The number one mistake that people make is to lead with their head and try to pull the rest of their body up. That makes a hip snap impossible. It pulls the heaviest part of your upper body out of the water and makes finishing the roll nearly impossible.”

Good luck with your early season practice and get out there and have some fun this season. For more information on rafting trips and other summer activities with Sage Outdoor Adventures, please check out our Summer Page or call us at 970-476-3700.