Get Ideas for Your Unique Bachelorette Party in Colorado

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For bachelorette party groups that want something with a bit more exertion and excitement than a wine tasting or a paint and sip, try one of these three activities that we offer here at Sage. Find details below, talk to your group, then nail down that reservation with us!

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For the Outdoorsy Bride & Their Crew

Professionals in the wedding industry agree that the best bachelorette parties center around what the bride loves most. Although you do need to consider the needs and preferences of your group, the maid of honor (who typically plans this party) should keep the bride at the forefront of mind.

And if the bride loves adrenaline-pumping activities coupled with stunning Colorado terrain (and doesn’t mind getting a little dirty or wet), we have the friendly and knowledgeable guides to lead the group into a memorable experience. See our top ideas for bachelorette party ideas for Colorado wives-to-be:

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Whitewater Rafting

No prior experience is needed for whitewater rafting with us! In fact, we’re one of the best companies for beginner whitewater rafting in Colorado. We provide trips for all abilities and skill levels. Our beginner-level rafting trips (class I and II) can accommodate between 8 to 10 people per raft, while most class III, IV, and V rafting excursions can take 6.

We offer prime Colorado river rafting at 1-day excursions, 1/2 day, or 3/4 day – there’s no need to commit to a multi-day trip down the river, which can be rewarding but a lot, especially if you’ve never whitewater rafted or camped before.

Whitewater rafting is a teamwork-centered activity, with everyone paddling and working together. If your group didn’t all know each other beforehand, they will be bonded after this experience!

See FAQ for a breakdown of rapid classifications and more >>

Find info on all the rivers we raft >>

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Horseback Riding

When it comes to unique bachelorette party ideas in Colorado it doesn’t get better than horseback riding adventure with Sage. Although there are other companies that offer guided tours with these majestic animals, what’s special about Sage is that it’s a true in-the-Colorado-wilderness experience.

Our horses, that live at Castle Peak Sage Stables on our 6,000-acre private ranch, are trained to ride alongside each other (as opposed to nose-to-tail in a single file line), and we’re on private land for our rides. In other words, we aren’t restricted to where we go – we can blaze our own trail! And, private trips are an option.

View details on our 2-hour and 1-hour guided tours >>

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Snowmobiling

For a magical winter experience with the bridal party, give snowmobiling a try at our private mountain and trail system that is larger than the Vail ski area itself. We have several tour options available – everyone can snowmobile with us, whether you’re never sat on a Ski Doo before, or you’re an expert at the activity.

As with horseback riding, snowmobiling with Sage is not an out-and-back on one trail experience. Get out there and explore gorgeous Colorado terrain! Plus, there’s the added convenience of our log cabin with woodburning stoves and restrooms, so you can begin and end your excursion in comfort.

Get your questions answered on snowmobiling >>

And, did you know? We here at Sage also offer side-by-side ATV tours and guided fishing trips, either of which would also be a great choice for a memorable bachelorette party in Colorado. Our Colorado outdoor adventures are perfect for an Avon, Beaver Creek, Edwards, or Vail bachelorette party.

Book your bachelorette adventure today >>

Colorado Snow Update & Whitewater Rafting Forecast

Summer Season Rafting

Well, it has been an awesome winter season here in the Vail Valley and it seems nothing can stop all these smiles! Sage owner Darryl Bangert said it best, “Through our second year amid the pandemic, we’ve witnessed a big demand to get outside and reconnect with nature,” he said. “Seeing our guests come alive during these trips is very rewarding for our staff.”

An outdoor snowmobile adventure is the ultimate socially distanced activity and we have continued to keep excellent safety protocols in place. Snowmobiling throughout this season has been a ton of fun. Recent storms have led to great snow conditions. And now, we’re excited that spring is around the corner. Before we know it, we will be making the transition from snowmobiling to rafting season! Who’s ready for a Colorado whitewater rafting trip?

Snowmobile Tour in Vail, Colorado

Colorado’s Whitewater Rafting Season

As we look forward to spring and the summer Colorado river rafting season, we can’t help but get excited. This winter was unique, as every year is. Winter seemed to arrive late, with a relatively dry start to the winter sports season. But as is so often the case, when the snow did arrive, it came with a vengeance.

When is Whitewater Rafting Season in Colorado? When the Snowmelt Comes!

Since the holidays, snowpack across the state has hovered at or above median levels for much of the winter. Lots of snow on the mountains means great conditions ahead for Colorado river raft trips! Take a look at the expected conditions for our awesome Colorado river rafting 1-day and half-day trips, and prepare for an awesome Colorado white water rafting season.

Gore Creek and Eagle River Rafting Conditions

Right here in the Colorado River basin, the current snowpack sits at about 95% of average levels with more spring storms in the forecast. With a high snowpack in the high country, we can expect good early season rafting on Gore Creek and the Eagle River, which are some of Colorado’s best early summer trips.

In fact, when the Eagle River is at its peak, it’s some of the best whitewater in the country. But what makes the Eagle River is unique, is the steady downward gradient. The upper section from Minturn to Avon features a consistent elevation drop, essentially creating a 10-mile long wave train.

If you’ve never experienced Gore Creek or the Eagle River, don’t wait – come experience it this year! They’re some of the best places to consider when looking at where to whitewater raft in Colorado.

Colorado White Water Rafting Trip in March

Arkansas River Rafting Conditions

Meanwhile, over in the Arkansas River basin, we have a solid snowpack, which currently sits at about 94% of median. This is the most famous stretch of whitewater in Colorado for good reason. Once the spring thaw begins, we’re in for a memorable summer of whitewater rafting on the Ark.

The world-famous Pine Creek and Numbers sections of the Arkansas River boast some of the best class IV and V whitewater rafting in the country. Further downstream, Browns Canyon National Monument offers a trip through an incredibly scenic gorge with 10 miles of class III rapids. Add to this a backdrop of 14,000-foot peaks and rocky desert landscapes, and it’s easy to see why the Ark is a popular rafting destination, particularly with Browns Canyon rafting trips.

It’s shaping up to be a great season for whitewater rafting in Colorado! If you’re planning a trip to Colorado this year, be sure and reserve dates early for your whitewater adventure.

To learn more, visit our Rafting Page. If you have questions or to book a trip, please call us at 970-476-3700 or contact us online.

2022 Snowmobiling Update From Vail, Colorado

Snowmobiling near Vail, Colorado

Our snowfall this winter at the end of 2021 started out slow. We hadn’t seen much snow in November and through most of December. Then just before Christmas, it finally arrived. Here’s a quick update…

“This was one of the biggest storms I’ve ever seen here in Colorado and it didn’t stop snowing for more than ten days,” said Sage owner and director of operations, Cole Bangert. “By our measurements we had about ten feet of snowfall on the Sage private snowmobile mountain here.”

Guided Snowmobiling Trips

In case you’re not already familiar with our Colorado snowmobile trails and operation here at Sage Outdoor Adventures, we get to play on a 6,000-acre private mountain that’s bigger than Vail ski area. Backcountry snowmobiling in Colorado has never looked so vast, rugged, and snow-filled. Cole pointed out that Sage sits to the west of the Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, where this mountain catches storms from a number of different directions.

“Of course sometimes they get more snow than we do, but out of this recent storm system when Vail was getting six to ten inches, we were getting 16 to 20 inches,” Cole added. “The snow has arrived and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic rest of the winter. And obviously that will lead into a fantastic summer of rafting on the rivers when all this snow starts to melt.”

Learn more about Vail, Colorado snowmobiling with us, and check out the full video update from Cole here:

To learn more about our snowmobiling program, see this recent blog post for a quick overview. Not sure what to wear on your guided snowmobile trip? We’ve got answers to your questions in this video and blog post.

Whether it’s snowmobiling and enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in the winter, or an unforgettable time on the water while rafting next summer, we can’t wait to see you here soon. If you’re in the Vail Valley, give us a call or explore the rest of our website to book your next adventure.

Vail, Colorado Snowmobiling Conditions

Rafting Glenwood Canyon’s Shoshone Rapids

Glenwood Canyon Rafting

Who’s ready for some of the best whitewater rapids in Colorado? Every year, we look forward to rafting the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. Known as the Shoshone Rapids or simply Shoshone, this stretch of river provides a double punch with outstanding whitewater and a jaw-dropping setting. Many looking for Colorado whitewater rafting trips seek out this section of the river specifically.

Where is Glenwood Canyon located?

Shoshone is an easy, 45-minute drive from the Vail and Beaver Creek area. And it’s right next door to our Colorado River Outpost at Dotsero. Colorao river rafting just got easier!

The Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River flows through Glenwood Canyon. The towering red rock cliffs are studded with pine trees, soaring up to 2,000 vertical feet above the river. What’s better with rafting trips in Colorado like this one, the rapids or the scenery? We’ll leave that up to you.

What Shoshone rafting trips are offered?

We offer both a morning and an afternoon option and this is a great trip for families. The minimum age for this Colorado whitewater rafting trip is 7 years old, depending on the water levels. However, we can easily accommodate families with kids under 7. We will provide a shuttle for those kids ages 5 and 6 around the first set of rapids. From there, they can join the group for the rest of the adventure.

Rafting here begins as early as May, but most of our Colorado rafting adventures down the Shoshone Rapids take place from July all the way through September. If you have questions about specifics or our upcoming availability, please feel free to contact us. You can also visit our rafting page to learn more.

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Colorado whitewater rapids don’t get much better than with the Shoshone rapids. Come experience the best Colorado river raft trips with Sage!

The Upper Eagle River: The Ultimate Colorado Whitewater Rafting Trip

Whitewater Rafting the Upper Eagle

When it comes to whitewater rafting in Colorado, many folks immediately think of the Arkansas River – and for good reasons. The Ark is the state’s most well-known rafting destination because it offers consistent conditions all summer long, for awesome Colorado white water rapids.

But what if we told you that some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado was on the Upper Eagle River? Would you be surprised? It’s true. When it’s in season, the Upper Eagle is not only some of the best whitewater in the state – it’s among the best in the world.

Eagle River vs. Arkansas River for Colorado River Rafting

The only reason the Eagle River can’t compete with Arkansas river rafting in terms of popularity is because the season is short. But in part, that’s what makes it special. If you can catch the upper Eagle River during its prime time in May and June, you’re on one of the best rivers, at one of the best times for whitewater rafting in Colorado.

The upper Eagle River takes rafters down a 10-mile roller coaster of nearly continuous rapids. The steep gradient and steady drop makes this river a fire hose experience. The minimum age on this trip is 16 years old and we recommend it for those who are strong swimmers and ready for adventure.

Whitewater Rafting in Colorado on the Eagle River

This world-class stretch of whitewater is located right here locally, between Vail and Beaver Creek. This makes it an easy half-day trip for those staying here in the Vail Valley. You certainly can’t beat having rafting like this, just minutes from Vail’s hotels and restaurants.

One of the Best Times for Rafting in Colorado

Again, the season is short for Upper Eagle whitewater rafting tours in Colorado. But if you find yourself in the Vail Valley in May or June, then put a rafting trip on the Upper Eagle River at the top of your to-do list. It’ll be one of the most memorable whitewater trips you ever experience.

Are you ready for Colorado river rafting? To learn more about our rafting trips and pricing, please visit the Rafting Page. You can also call us with any questions at 970-476-3700.

Whitewater Rafting Colorado's Upper Eagle