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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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 >>

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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.

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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.

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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.

Stay Cool, It’s The Perfect Time for Colorado Rafting Adventures

Colorado River Outpost

We are enjoying warm summer temperatures in our fine state and it’s a perfect time to be out on the water. When it’s hot in town and on the mountain, you know it’s time for a Colorado river rafting adventure! 

Whitewater Rafting Options

Rafting conditions throughout central Colorado continue to provide great opportunities this year. From exciting rapids to leisurely floats, we have rafting trips available for adventurers of all abilities and ages. These hot August days are the perfect time to enjoy a day on the water, and it’s arguably one of the best times to raft in Colorado.

Each whitewater rapid has a different raft rating

The Upper Colorado River and the Shoshone Rapids in Glenwood Canyon are perfect activities for a hot summer day. We have half-day trips available in the mornings or afternoons, and there’s no better way to cool off.

Join us on the Arkansas River for Browns Canyon rafting trips – this area plus The Numbers rapids of the Arkansas River are a few of the “must do” trips here in Colorado. We have 3/4 and full day trips available on these famous stretches of the Arkansas River.

Browns Canyon rapids include large, exciting rapids followed by calm stretches to recover, making it a great rafting choice for a wide range of skill levels. The Numbers, on the other hand, offers a powerful punch of class IV rapids. And these are just a few of our Colorado river rafting options!

Here at Sage, we’re proud to have a wide range of rafting experiences. We can help you plan the perfect Colorado river expeditions for a group of any age or experience level. Here’s a quick overview of our rafting trips in Colorado: 

Float Series (Class II Rating) 

Our Float Series rafting adventures are perfect for all ages. These trips on the upper Colorado River travel through beautiful canyons where you’ll enjoy splashing through waves and leisurely swimming holes. We even offer a Ducky Trip, giving you the opportunity to captain your own two-person raft! For more information, check out our Float Series.  

Adventure Series (Class III Rating)

Our Adventures series whitewater rafting trips provide the excitement of rapids and spectacular canyon scenery. You won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face during this Colorado whitewater rafting trip! These trips are widely varying depending on the season and interests of your group. Find more details on our Adventure Series.

Adrenaline Series (Class IV & V Rating) 

Our Adrenaline Series trips offer some of the best nonstop action on the most well known stretches of whitewater in Colorado.  Experienced rafters will tell you that the Numbers and Pine Creek Sections of the Arkansas River are some of the best. Check out our Adrenaline Series. 

A Variety of Whitewater Rafting Options with Sage

Here at Sage, we operate on a wide variety of rivers. This gives us a ton of options, depending on the time of year, and depending on the needs of each group.

One of the Best Times for Rafting in Colorado

To reserve your dates this summer, call us now at 970-476-3700 or contact us online. It’s hot outside, so let’s plan your rafting adventure!

Our White Water Raft Racing Team Prepares for National Championships

Sage Raft Race Team Preparing for National Championships

It’s the dead of winter and it might seem like a long time until rafting season here in Colorado, but the Sage raft race team is hard at work, preparing for the Rafting National Championships in May!

The 2017 championship will be held in Oklahoma City from May 18th – May 20th as part of the Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival, an event that will also include canoe and kayaking competitions.

Throughout the winter months, the Sage white water raft racing team trains hard in, surprise, the pool. How does that work, you ask? With a bungee strap anchored to the side of the pool, the team is able to paddle in place, which provides great resistance training.

It may not be the same as barreling down wild rivers, but our team is serious about their training, and we are fired up to compete in the May championships!

No matter the time of year, we’re always working hard to plan our next rafting season here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. It’s part of what makes us one of the best whitewater rafting companies in Colorado. We keep an eye on the winter weather to anticipate snowpack and the resulting runoff to give our guests the best experience possible. But no matter what the weather brings, we always look forward to getting out of the pool and having a great time with many of you out on the white water rivers of Colorado!

For more information on white water rafting here in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas, please visit our rafting page. In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying the snowmobiling here in this winter paradise!