Experience a Winter Side-By-Side ATV Tour

As we kick off the 2021/2022 winter season, beautiful late fall weather has created an unexpected change of plans. For a limited time only, we’re offering side-by-side ATV tours on our 6,000-acre private mountain near Vail! These adventures will begin on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. We will continue to offer these trips into early December or until the snow makes us stop – at which point we’ll switch right over to snowmobiling adventures!

Wildlife near Beaver CreekWhat to Expect on your Winter ATV Trip

Take advantage of this opportunity to experience a “WHOOHOO” inducing ride on your own side-by-side ATV, on our own private mountain that’s bigger than Vail ski area. Our custom-built ATV trails wind through open meadows, aspen groves, and bring you incredible views of the entire Vail Valley. Our guests often enjoy seeing wintering wildlife here on the mountain, including elk and mule deer.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate with our plans to open snowmobile tours by Thanksgiving, we’re stoked for this unique opportunity. Our trails are in perfect shape and this is a beautiful time of year to explore the mountain on an ATV ride.

When will Snowmobile Tours be available?

Don’t worry, our grooming snowcats and our fleet of new Ski-Doo Grand Touring snowmobiles aren’t going anywhere. The snow will arrive soon enough. And like most years that begin with unseasonably warm winter weather, it eventually catches up with higher than average snowfall later.

Winter Off-Road Tours in Colorado“Until then, we are loving the warm weather, the mountains and the wildlife,” Sage founder, Darryl Bangert recently commented. “Mother Nature always does what she does. We do not put our desires over the reality of the vagaries of Nature, we embrace the world as it is, and it is stunning.”

Come join us on a backcountry side-by-side ATV adventure while they are available! You can learn more about our ATV tours here or give us a call now at 970-476-3700 to book your trip.

Featured River: The Arkansas River

Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado

Whitewater rafting has always been outstanding here in the Vail Valley and across Colorado, and we’d like to introduce you to another one of our favorite rivers.

In case you missed our previous featured rivers, go back and check out our profile on the Shoshone rapids through Glenwood canyon. Also check out the upper Eagle River and Gore Creek, which offer some of Colorado’s best early-season rafting from Vail, down through Avon and Beaver Creek.

Arkansas River: Colorado’s Ultimate Rafting River

This time, let’s talk about the Arkansas River. The ‘Ark’ is well-known in Colorado for its incredible whitewater all summer long. But there’s more than just rapids that make the Arkansas special.

“The Arkansas River brings to mind crystal clear, relatively warm water, in a semi-arid desert with warm air temps that create a perfect rafting environment,” Commented Cole Bangert, owner and guide here at Sage.  “It’s totally unique in the west. The flows on the Ark are augmented by reservoirs upstream, so rafting is phenomenal all summer; not just during early snowmelt periods, like you see on the Eagle River or Clear Creek.”

Colorado's Arkansas River is perfect for rafting

Enjoy Stunning Views while Rafting

According to Cole, the backdrop on the Arkansas River also makes it unique. The entire corridor is lined with towering 14,000-foot peaks, the highest concentration of “14-ers” in the state. With snow-capped peaks above and desert granite boulders below, the banks of the Arkansas River are scattered ponderosa pine, and the vanilla aroma from their bark fills the air.

If all that isn’t enough, the whitewater is top quality. Raft the Arkansas River as a group!Brave Arkansas River's whitewater rapids

Tackle Arkansas River’s Powerful Rapids

“The upper stretches of the Arkansas River boast big class V rapids, with the steepest commercially-run rapid in the U.S.,” Cole added. “The Pine Creek section drops at a gradient of over 200 feet per mile. This is a mile-long class V rapid with tricky moves, fast water, big waves, and big hydraulics that must be run with precision and power.”

Just below Pine Creek is the popular, “Numbers” stretch, where rafters will find some of the most fun class IV drops anywhere in Colorado.

Float through a National Monument

And finally, below the town of Buena Vista is the most popular stretch on the Arkansas River, Browns Canyon National Monument. This spectacular canyon was designated a National Monument in 2015, and for good reason.

“Here, you have the opportunity to float through a jaw-dropping gorge,” Cole concluded. “It consists of ten miles of class III rapids, where groups and families can enjoy an incredible experience amid these impressive natural surroundings.”

For more information on our rafting trips, or on any of the great outdoor adventures that we offer from Sage headquarters in Vail, explore the rest of our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com or call us at 970-476-3700.