Find Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado All Year Long

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We offer year-round adventures here at Sage, and if you’re staying nearby in the Avon area you may be wondering how close our activities are to you – and what other fun things there are to do in Avon, Colorado.

Check out our offerings below, along with other worthwhile attractions and things to do in and near Avon.

Get Your Colorado Adventures On With Us Near Avon

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Our various guided trips and adventure offerings are perfect jumping off points to plan your Avon, Colorado trip:

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is the holy grail of what we offer here at Sage. We provide a variety of trip options that cover all the rapid classifications, to accommodate everyone from beginners to those looking for class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado.

Two of our rafting trips begin at the base of Beaver Creek in Avon, where we pick you up for rafting on the Eagle River. The Lower Eagle/Class III trip is classic Colorado whitewater rafting at its best; the class 3 is moderate in the rapid classification system, with medium-sized waves and some maneuvering required.

The Upper Eagle/Class IV trip is what you’d likely think of with class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado: although not as extreme as class V or VI, you can expect intense, awesome rapids. Guests must have the ability to swim for this one, and some fitness is required.

Our Colorado whitewater rafting trips are offered spring through summer, and sometimes into early fall depending on the rapids.

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Snowmobiling

Colorado snowmobile tours can be an overlooked winter attraction in ski country, but there’s no better way to experience incredible terrain and mountain views in the colder months. Our snowmobile trips can run from November through April, weather depending.

We generally ask guests to meet us at our snowmobile facility situated in Wolcott, about 25 minutes from Avon. However, we are able to offer pickups at your accommodations if needed in Avon, Vail, or Beaver Creek.

Side-by-Side ATVing

We offer incredible ATV tours on 6,000 acres of private land plus 14,000 acres of public land near the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area. In other words, we ride on 20,000 acres of picturesque land for a quintessential Colorado experience. Two-hour tours are offered. Our ATV base is located seven miles north of Wolcott, Colorado.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy stunning views of the Castle Peak Mountain and Vail Valley, and ride through fields of sage, juniper, aspen, and pine groves. Two-hour and one-hour guided horseback riding tours are offered. Our happy horses live in their stables in Wolcott, close to Avon.

Fishing

If you’re looking for fly fishing near Avon, Colorado you’ll be happy to hear that we have a private stretch of land along the Eagle River, the main river that runs by Avon. This river is known to have healthy populations of brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.

Discover More Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado

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If you’re joining us for one of our adventures, the following are all close by and can make excellent additions to your Avon, Colorado vacation itinerary:

Beaver Creek Resort

Although Beaver Creek Resort has a Beaver Creek address, it sits right next to Avon, and is considered a gateway to the Colorado town. This internationally-known ski resort offers skiing for all levels and does a great job of catering to beginners; they also have an ice skating rink and many other offerings, including hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer.

Harry A. Nottingham Park

Harry A. Nottingham Park is a 48-acre park in the heart of Avon. There is a walking path around the Nottingham Lake, opportunities for swimming, paddling, or fishing, and there are also volleyball courts, an outdoor performance venue, and views of Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s also a great place to just relax!

Walking Mountains Science Center

The highly rated Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon offers interactive exhibits and is a fascinating place to learn about animals, plants, the environment, and technology. A bonus is that the indoor portion is just as fantastic as outside, so this is a good pick if the weather isn’t being favorable.

EagleVail Golf Club

If you’re a golfer, you can’t miss up a chance to get in a round at the EagleVail Golf Club in Avon. Picturesque scenery and changes in elevation boost a great game, there are 18-hole and 9-hole course options, and you can end the day at their on-site bar and grill.

Vail, another renowned Colorado tourist destination, is only 10 minutes from Avon and here you’ll find the Colorado Snowsports Museum, Vail Ski Resort, Vail Brewing Company, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and plenty of chances for prime Colorado hiking like at Booth Creek Falls.

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What You Need to Know About Fly Fishing the Piney River

Piney River Fly Fishing

The state of Colorado is often known for its towering mountains and graded river canyons. But there are portions of Colorado that lend to its defining features far more than others. Sitting around 12,000 feet in elevation, the Gore Range is one of those places. One of the rivers born from this textbook Colorado landscape is the Piney River near Vail, Colorado.

Tumbling 28 miles from its headwaters, the Piney River is a long tributary of the Colorado River. The headwaters begin at Piney Lake before stretching through a rugged wilderness canyon until it ultimately feeds into the Colorado River.

Often overshadowed in name by nearby well-known rivers like the Eagle River and Colorado River, the Piney is an absolute gem, and an underrated one when it comes to guided fishing trips in Colorado. And not just for its majestic exposure to the Gore Range’s towering beauty. The Piney River offers some of the best freestone fly-fishing in the state of Colorado.

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Fly Fishing the Piney Valley Ranch

Located just above its confluence with the Colorado River, the Piney River flows through the spectacular, Pine Valley Ranch. This stretch is the crème de la crème of the Piney River. And access to this private stretch of water is only available to guests of ​Sage Outdoor Adventures.

Sage is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Piney Valley Ranch and the exclusive lease to guide trips on these waters. When you book a fishing trip with Sage, you’ll have this historic ranch, this beautiful river canyon, and this world-class trout fishery all to yourself.

The Piney Valley Ranch encompasses seven river miles of private water. And the guide service at Sage Outdoor Adventures checks all of the boxes.

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Tips for Fly Fishing the Piney River

Peak fishing conditions on the Piney River begin immediately after runoff subsides, usually in late June and will continue through the early fall. These summer and fall months bring consistent water levels and prolific hatches of mayflies and caddis. Mid-summer and early fall is also an excellent time to fish terrestrials like hoppers, beetles and ants. Whether you prefer to throw dry flies, nymphs, or swing streamers through the deeper runs, all of it is available here on the Piney.

Because these fish see very little pressure, they tend to be aggressive and not very selective. But the guides at Sage will help you pick the best patterns for the conditions and the time of year. While these trout can usually be fooled by a variety of fly patterns, the low, clear water conditions later in the summer often require a stealthy approach. Prepare to approach from downstream and make upstream casts to avoid being seen.

No matter the time of year you decide to take on the Piney, it’s important to keep in mind that the higher altitude provides less protection from the sun, so wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day for the duration of your trip. Anglers will want to bring a hat and long sleeves. And we’d recommend a buff to cover your neck. As far as the weather is concerned, there is a common saying in Colorado that, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” From cold temperatures in the morning to the intense midday sun, to afternoon thunderstorms, be prepared to experience it all. Dress in layers so that you can quickly adjust to the changing conditions.

Never fly fished before? No worries. We offer an experience conducive to those looking for fly fishing trips for beginners in Colorado.

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Piney River: A Gore Range Freestone Tributary

It would be difficult to overstate the quality of the fishing on the Piney River as it runs through Piney Valley Ranch, or the beauty of this canyon and the surrounding scenery. The only way to truly understand it is to come experience it for yourself.

Learn more about guided fly fishing trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures and reserve dates for your adventure today! Or, give the folks at Sage a call at 970-476-3700. Come experience the Piney River this summer with Sage!

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Written by the Staff at Riversmith