Featured River Profile: The Eagle River

Rafting in the Vail Valley

It’s time to get to know some of the incredible stretches of whitewater here in Colorado! This state has incredible rafting opportunities, and we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites. In case you’re not already familiar, here’s a look at the Eagle River.

Why Eagle River’s Rapids are a Must-Try

If you’ve never had the opportunity to raft the Eagle River, you need to make time! You haven’t experienced river rafting in Colorado until you’ve been on the Eagle.

“Right now is prime season for the Eagle River and when it flows, it’s some of the best whitewater in the nation, no joke,” said Sage Outdoor Adventures owner and river guide, Cole Bangert. “All the river enthusiasts in the state flock here during peak season. If the prime season on the Eagle ran longer into the summer, it would rival the Arkansas River in use numbers.”

Arkansas River vs Eagle River

While the Arkansas River’s long rafting season makes it the most famous river in the state by a long stretch, the Eagle is perhaps the most underrated. Because during its peak-rafting season, there is nothing else like it. It’s long, steady gradient drops with awesome class 3 and 4 rapids the entire way, including a continuous, mile-long class 4 rapid!

Enjoy the Eagle River rapids

“The Eagle River is unique in the sense that it has a very steady gradient,” Bangert said. “Specifically, the upper section from Minturn to Avon has a very steady drop. As the water rises with snowmelt, the fun increases. It’s pretty much a 10-mile wave train.”

Brave Eagle River’s Dowd Chute

Perhaps the Eagle River’s most famous stretch is Dowd Chute.

“This is a fire hose of a rapid,” Bangert commented. “It’s class 4-plus and it’s fast and steep with big pushy waves. The last wave is named Tyson’s, as it delivers a very heavy hit. Paddlers in the front of the boat generally end up in the laps of the people in the back of the boat on this hit.”

After Dowd chute, the fun isn’t over. In fact, the rest of the upper Eagle River features 10 miles of outstanding class 4 whitewater, culminating in the “Edwards Mile”, a mile-long class 4 rapid with continuous huge waves.

Eagle River has plenty of rapids to raft through

For more information on rafting the Eagle River or any of our other rafting trips throughout the summer, check out the Rafting Page on our website or give us a call at 970-476-3700. Don’t miss your chance to raft one of the best rivers in Colorado this season!

Spring Break in the Rockies: Big Storms and Plenty of Sunshine

Spring Break in the Rockies

For those of you looking forward to spring break vacations, there’s a lot to get excited about when planning a trip to Colorado!

Spring Weather in Colorado

Spring in Colorado usually means two things: giant storms and abundant sunshine. Many folks are surprised to learn that historically, March brings more snowfall than any other month in Colorado! Here in the Rockies, spring storms tend to be measured in feet, not inches.

man stands among lots of snow

 

In between each big dump of snow, there’s rarely an overcast day. Sunshine is the norm. As the days get longer, the sun is getting stronger. So do not forget sunscreen on your spring break snowmobile rides! Sun protection for spring vacationers to Colorado is no joke. In addition to sunscreen, a good pair of goggles is essential to protect your eyes in bright, snowy conditions.

Spring Activities for Your Break

Our guests enjoy awesome outdoor adventures throughout the year. Depending on the weather, we capitalize on this natural playground with everything from backcountry skiing to snowmobile tours – come experience backcountry snowmobiling in Colorado!

Those great 50-degree slopes usually become available in May after the spring slide cycle, so be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast and plan your trip early to be the first to tear up the new snow.

If you’re lucky, the weather will play along perfectly for a great climbing season on Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. Some fun snow routes become available for the 14er enthusiasts, plus opportunities to glissade down. There’s a lot of adventure to look forward to over the next few months!

Finally, if you’re getting as excited as we are about summer activities like rafting, be sure to check out our homepage for all of our latest information. Or give us a call at 970-476-3700 for trip booking info. We look forward to seeing you here at Sage Outdoor Adventures!

Little kids with BIG toys

Greetings from the Sage Outdoor Adventures toy shop. It is here where the hopes and dreams of big kids are filled. In our workshop, our favorite elf’s name is Wesley. He’s our in-house mechanic who puts every snowmobile together— his reindeer is a yellow lab named Charlie.

What did you wish for when you were a little boy or girl? I wished for a pony and a motorcycle (I grew up with three older brothers so being a girly girl was never in the cards). My parents got me 15 My Little Ponies and a remote control car. I now work for a company that has real ponies and really fun ATVs & snowmobiles. I think my dreams came true…

Ride Horses in Colorado's BackcountryEvery single person who works for the company is really just a big kid who found a job that made their dreams come true. We are lucky enough that we get to play with really amazing “grown-up toys” everyday. We get brand new snowmobiles and ATVs every year. The day the Ski-Doo semi pulls into our driveway, our hearts skip a beat and it’s Christmas morning all over again.

A Big Toy: Sage's SnowmobileWaking up to fresh powder on the ranch—Christmas day. I didn’t know it was possible to have Christmas so many times throughout the year. BOY AM I LUCKY. If you’re looking to feel like a little kid again, join us this holiday season for some fun on our big-kid toys.

Happy Holidays!!

Love,

Kelly