Things to Do In & Near Beaver Creek: From Outdoor Adventures to Art Galleries

snowmobilers in the snow

Beaver Creek, like Vail, is a mountain village situated in the Vail Valley in Colorado. It’s known as the slightly smaller, family-friendly, cozy component to Vail, situated about 13 miles west of the well-known ski destination. But, we’re here to show you Beaver Creek has its own excitement with attractions, adventures, art galleries, and more.

In addition to the variety of activities we offer here at Sage Outdoor Adventures that are close to Beaver Creek, the village boasts its own list of fun things to do. Check out a breakdown of our recommendations below.

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Discover Outdoor Adventures Around Beaver Creek

Snowmobiling

We here at Sage offer snowmobiling tours near Beaver Creek on our own private mountain. If needed, we are able to pick you up at your lodging accommodations in Beaver Creek, Vail, or Avon.

Beginners are welcome on our two-hour snowmobile tours on custom designed trails on a network that is larger than the Vail ski area itself. Climb 2,400 vertical feet with views of seven mountain ranges and five different ski areas.

Our snowmobiling facility is about 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, and well worth the drive (or ride, if we end up picking you up at your location!). If you want stunning winter views, this is the activity for you.

Downhill Skiing

Of course we’d be remiss not to mention the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, a major ski center with world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding. Snowboarders, those traveling with children, and skiers who don’t necessarily need to ski all of Vail’s 5,000+ acres, will enjoy the nearly 2,000 skiable acres at Beaver Creek’s resort.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort not only has impeccably groomed trails, a renowned ski school, and summer activities like golf and gondola rides, but they have another unexpected perk: staff members routinely hand out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the base of the mountain. Now that’s something we all can appreciate, whether we’re vacationing with kids or not.

Cross-Country Skiing

Don’t discount cross-country, or Nordic skiing, particularly if you’re staying in Beaver Creek. The Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center is technically in Avon, but it’s only a three-minute walk from the Beaver Creek Resort. This Nordic ski center offers tours and lessons on their winding trails that provide great views with a bit of elevation. Snowshoeing is also offered.

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ATVing

Sage specializes in some of the best ATV adventures in Colorado. Our ATV tours take place seven miles north of Wolcott, about 30 minutes from Beaver Creek.

As with our snowmobiling tours, you can expect a vast stretch of land to explore – 6,000 acres of private land in addition to 14,000 acres of public land, to be exact. Come experience 20,000 acres of true Colorado terrain!

Hiking

There are three primary hiking trails around Beaver Creek to check out:

Allie’s Way 

This 3.8-mile loop is considered a moderate to challenging hike and is popular for hiking, mountain biking, and walking. The Allie’s Way trailhead is located down the road from Allie’s Cabin, a restaurant with cozy cottage vibes.

Beaver Lake Trail

Parking for Beaver Lake Trail is on Elk Track Road, right near the Chapel at Beaver Creek, a well-known, beautiful church. This is a 6.3-mile, out-and-back trail, generally considered challenging, and is used for hiking and running.

Overlook Trail

Overlook Trail is a 6.2-mile, challenging hike popular for hiking and running. You can expect expansive views of Beaver Creek and a major elevation gain (read: it’s steep). Fortunately, there is a gondola  at the Centennial Express Lift that you can take back down, if you wish, at no cost (there is a fee to go up).

Horseback Riding

If you’re looking for horseback riding in Beaver Creek it doesn’t get better than on our private mountain. Wide open meadows, aspen groves, and mountain lakes await just 30 minutes from Beaver Creek at our Wolcott ranch.

We do not do out and back, stay in single file, kind of horseback riding tours. Our horses are trained to journey through the Colorado wilderness side by side, and we love to blaze our own trails.

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Whitewater Rafting

All of Sage’s guided whitewater rafting trips are near Beaver Creek, Colorado. The closest raft trips are the Lower Eagle and Upper Eagle; we meet at the base of Beaver Creek (the creek) in Avon, just seven minutes from Beaver Creek (the village).

The other closest trip to Beaver Creek is our Gore Creek trip. We meet for this whitewater rafting adventure at either the Vail Transportation Center or the Lionshead Welcome Center of Vail, both of which are just under 20 minutes from Beaver Creek.

Our other trips include the Upper Colorado, Shoshone, Shoshone Double Dip, and the Kayak Duckie Trip, which start at Sage’s outpost in Dostero, about 35 minutes from Beaver Creek. We also have an outpost in Buena Vista, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, which we use for our Brown’s Canyon and Numbers whitewater rafting trips.

Tennis

The Beaver Creek Tennis Center accommodates players of all levels and has five clay and two hard courts. They also also have a shop with clothing and tennis accessories, and they offer lessons. The courts are situated at the base of the mountain, for backhand strokes and squash shots with a view.

Fly Fishing

Yes, we do offer guided fly fishing trips, on rivers and streams like the Eagle River, Gore Creek, and Colorado River – all of these are not far from Beaver Creek.

view of snowcapped mountains and trees

Enjoy Arts, Culture, Dining & Entertainment in Beaver Creek

Vail Performing Arts Center

The Vail Performing Arts Center is actually located in Beaver Creek. This year-round theater presents concerts, comedy shows, and other performances. It’s one of those venues where there isn’t a bad seat in the house – there are 500 seats, making it just large enough to be accommodating, but small enough to feel intimate. And the acoustics are fantastic!

Restaurants

Like the rest of the Vail Valley, Beaver Creek has a variety of eateries suited for any palate. Check out Splendido at the Chateau for fine dining, the Black Diamond Bistro in The Charter for upscale Colorado fare, or Coyote Cafe for apres ski happy hour specials and great Mexican food – everything from the homemade salsa and chips to the margaritas is to die for.

Art Galleries

You don’t have to be an art buff to wander into a mountain village gallery and appreciate a piece of work or two. There are four art galleries in Beaver Creek within walking distance of one another:

C. Anthony Gallery

The C. Anthony Gallery showcases a wide range of work from several different artists, intending to be a one stop shop for all your visual art interests. This gallery operates under the belief that “great art touches the heart beyond knowledge.”

Horton Fine Art

Horton Fine Art highlights the art of Walt Horton among other creators. You’ll find a lot of animal imagery and nature in the exquisite paintings and sculptures, including horses, bears, and wolves.

The Sportsman’s Gallery & Paderewski Fine Art

The Sportsman’s Gallery & Paderewski Fine Art seeks to represent the best of traditional and contemporary fine art. You’re likely to see a lot of gorgeous landscapes and interesting takes on wildlife.

Tony Newlin Gallery

The Tony Newlin Gallery specializes in nature and wildlife photography, particularly of locations in Colorado, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and North American national parks; they also have a gallery in Telluride.

We hope you make the most of your vacation with all these fun things to do in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Be sure to keep Sage’s adventures near Beaver Creek in mind!

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Why Come Horseback Riding Near Vail, Colorado With Sage

Looking for activities in Vail, Colorado? Discover why you should prioritize horseback riding with us here at Sage Outdoor Adventures! Learn about the many health benefits of trail riding, and find out what makes horseback riding with us different from other horseback riding in Colorado.

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The Surprising Physical & Mental Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on a guided trail ride is a wholesome, healthy activity with a ton of advantages in addition to getting outdoors, seeing spectacular scenery, and spending time with majestic animals.

Horseback riding has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, enhance core and leg strength, and improve posture and spine health. Possible additional benefits could include overcoming fear, building character, developing problem-solving skills, and strengthening your reflexes.

Not to mention, the bonding and companionship that comes with navigating a horse through the Colorado wilderness, and the significance of connecting with nature and the world around you.

Finally, even just being around horses has been proven to lower blood pressure and make you happier overall by increasing serotonin levels.

man on horseback points out at valley

The Sage Difference: Horseback Riding in Vail, Colorado With Us

The best horseback riding in Vail starts with Sage! And no, it’s not just because our horseback riding near Vail offers great views of Vail Valley and Castle Peak Mountain.

We offer a true in-the-Colorado wilderness adventure on a private mountain, where the horses are trained to ride alongside each other, instead of nose-to-tail. You’re not staying single file, going out and back on one trail – not even close! It’s a special and distinctly different trail riding experience with Sage every single time.

Book a 1- Or 2-Hour Horseback Trail Ride With Sage

If you’re going to be in Vail, Colorado during the summer you must add horseback riding with us to your list of activities to try. Come immerse yourself in nature with Sage and our happy horses!

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Experience a September Adventure in Colorado

September in Colorado

It has been a beautiful summer here in the Vail Valley – there’s nothing like a quintessential Colorado Vail summer filled with outdoor recreation and stunning sights. We’ve had a blast on rafting trips on the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers. The fishing on the Piney River has been excellent. And at our mountain base, we’re having a blast on horseback rides and side-by-side ATV rides with all of our guests.

As we welcome September, we’re thrilled for one of the best months of the year here in Colorado. The temperatures are still warm, and the September weather is idyllic. Cool mornings lead to warm, sunny afternoons. Soon, the aspens will be turning a bright gold. And wildflowers are still growing throughout the mountain meadows. This is where summer meets fall, and it is spectacular!

September Horseback Rides

Horseback riding here at our private mountain base is an awesome experience in September. You’ll ride through old-growth aspen stands and witness incredible scenery. And in typical Sage fashion, these are not your average nose-to-tail horseback rides. Being on a 6,000-acre private mountain means that we aren’t restricted to designated Forest Service trails. We can explore the entire place, and ride freely through this historic ranch that’s larger than the Vail ski area!

people horseback ridingSide-By-Side ATV Adventures

Side-by-side rides are also a great way to see Colorado in September. These rides also take place on this expansive private mountain, where you’ll have incredible views of the entire Vail Valley.  In addition to the adjoining public land, we have more than 20,000 acres of wild country to explore!

ATV trip in backcountry

Scenic September Rafting in Colorado

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible rafting opportunities here in Colorado in September. River conditions are perfect on many of our favorite stretches of the river. There are a number of fun and incredibly scenic river trips to experience in September around Vail and Beaver Creek. Experience whitewater rafting near Vail during this special time of year.

river in canyonSeptember Fly Fishing on the Piney River

And finally, this is one of the best times of year to experience fly fishing. When it comes to fly fishing, we offer some of the best guided fishing trips in Colorado. And in September, big brown trout begin moving in advance of their fall spawn. Rainbow and cutthroat trout take advantage of grasshoppers and big hatches of late summer insects as they prepare for the lean winter.

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If you find yourself in Vail, Beaver Creek, or Avon this September, consider yourself one of the lucky ones! Not only is it one of the most beautiful months of the year in Colorado. But it’s also usually a little bit quieter after the peak summer season. Take advantage of it, and find some adventure!

Coming from out of state and staying in Avon? If you’re looking for fun things to do in Avon, Colorado in September, know that all these above Sage-centric adventures at your fingertips. Plan your early fall excursion with us today!

For information on our trips, please explore our website at SageOutdoorAdventures.com. For details and booking you can contact us online or give us a call at 970-476-3700.

3 Things You Need For Every Colorado Vail Summer Adventure

Colorado Summer Adventure

The summer season is flying by, and we’re having a blast on rafting trips, horseback rides, side-by-side ATV rides and fly fishing trips with all of our guests. It has been a beautiful summer so far here in the Colorado high country in the Vail area.

As you prepare for your own summer adventures, here are three easy-to-overlook items that you’ll need for any Colorado summer adventure. Whether you’re on the water or on the trail, don’t forget to pack these critical items.

  1. 1. Sunblock

In the Colorado high country, the sun comes full-strength. If you appreciate your skin, don’t leave home, or your hotel room without it. We’ve seen plenty of folks put a damper on their trip by getting burned on the first day. Whether you’re out for a couple of hours of horseback riding or a full day of rafting, take the time to apply some sunblock, even if you don’t burn easily. Don’t underestimate the power of the summer sun here at altitude.

Summer Season

  1. 2. Sunglasses

Again, the sun at high elevations in the Rockies runs hot. It can be hard on your eyes if you’re not wearing UV protection. Glare from water and snow can be especially harmful. Be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses when you set out for a day of adventuring. If you’re headed for the river, don’t forget sunglass straps!

Colorado Summer Adventure

  1. 3. Water Bottle

The arid Colorado climate and the high altitude combine to cause quick dehydration. Headaches are the most common reaction to altitude. Fortunately, drinking plenty of water is usually the best prevention. And in an effort to limit the large amount of waste generated by plastic bottles, remember to bring your own reusable water bottle on each day’s adventure.

Finally, come with a flexible attitude and ready to have fun! Our crew will take care of the controllable factors – but on any mountain adventure, weather and conditions can vary. A smile and a sense of adventure will go a long way toward making any situation a fun one. If you have questions about summer trips with Sage Outdoor Adventures, give us a call at 970-476-3700. Explore the rest of our website for trip information, booking and more.

Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Ready For Summer? Experience a Side-by-Side ATV Adventure

ATV tour near Vail, Colorado

While rafting trips need no explanation and horseback riding is always a popular mountain activity, we often receive questions about our side-by-side ATV tours. You may be asking yourself: what makes these trips so special? Why take time to explore the Vail area in an ATV?

It’s a valid question. While many regular Vail and Beaver Creek vacationers can lay claim to at least one previous horseback ride or rafting trip, we get a lot of first-timers on our ATV trips. But after their first time, we can almost guarantee – it won’t be the last of your off road tours in Colorado!

What’s so special about the Sage ATV experience?

What makes these trips so special? First and probably most obviously, it’s the wind on your face and the fast-paced, driver’s seat view of Colorado’s spectacular mountain country. On our side-by-side ATV tours in Colorado, you are the driver of your own adventure.

Next, we are fortunate to operate on a 6,000-acre private mountain base area. To put it in perspective, that’s larger than Vail ski area. Plus, we enjoy exploring an additional 14,000 acres of adjoining public land. We have a ton of country to explore, and it’s only accessible to Sage guests.

In addition to the exclusivity, what’s the biggest benefit of having access to this historic private mountain? We’re driving on trails that are specifically designed for side-by-side ATV adventures. These aren’t your average Forest Service roads. On private land, we custom design our ATV trails to be extremely entertaining. And that’s exactly what they are!

Finally, the Sage experience is special because we run new, top-of-the-line machines. Our Maverick’s offer outstanding handling and performance that makes the entire experience that much more fun!

For more information about our ATV tours here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, check out our Side-by-Side ATV Page. For booking and availability contact us or call us now at 970-476-3700.

Side-by-side ATVs overlooking Vail, Colorado's Mountain Range