Find Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado All Year Long

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We offer year-round adventures here at Sage, and if you’re staying nearby in the Avon area you may be wondering how close our activities are to you – and what other fun things there are to do in Avon, Colorado.

Check out our offerings below, along with other worthwhile attractions and things to do in and near Avon.

Get Your Colorado Adventures On With Us Near Avon

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Our various guided trips and adventure offerings are perfect jumping off points to plan your Avon, Colorado trip:

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is the holy grail of what we offer here at Sage. We provide a variety of trip options that cover all the rapid classifications, to accommodate everyone from beginners to those looking for class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado.

Two of our rafting trips begin at the base of Beaver Creek in Avon, where we pick you up for rafting on the Eagle River. The Lower Eagle/Class III trip is classic Colorado whitewater rafting at its best; the class 3 is moderate in the rapid classification system, with medium-sized waves and some maneuvering required.

The Upper Eagle/Class IV trip is what you’d likely think of with class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado: although not as extreme as class V or VI, you can expect intense, awesome rapids. Guests must have the ability to swim for this one, and some fitness is required.

Our Colorado whitewater rafting trips are offered spring through summer, and sometimes into early fall depending on the rapids.

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Snowmobiling

Colorado snowmobile tours can be an overlooked winter attraction in ski country, but there’s no better way to experience incredible terrain and mountain views in the colder months. Our snowmobile trips can run from November through April, weather depending.

We generally ask guests to meet us at our snowmobile facility situated in Wolcott, about 25 minutes from Avon. However, we are able to offer pickups at your accommodations if needed in Avon, Vail, or Beaver Creek.

Side-by-Side ATVing

We offer incredible ATV tours on 6,000 acres of private land plus 14,000 acres of public land near the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area. In other words, we ride on 20,000 acres of picturesque land for a quintessential Colorado experience. Two-hour tours are offered. Our ATV base is located seven miles north of Wolcott, Colorado.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy stunning views of the Castle Peak Mountain and Vail Valley, and ride through fields of sage, juniper, aspen, and pine groves. Two-hour and one-hour guided horseback riding tours are offered. Our happy horses live in their stables in Wolcott, close to Avon.

Fishing

If you’re looking for fly fishing near Avon, Colorado you’ll be happy to hear that we have a private stretch of land along the Eagle River, the main river that runs by Avon. This river is known to have healthy populations of brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.

Discover More Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado

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If you’re joining us for one of our adventures, the following are all close by and can make excellent additions to your Avon, Colorado vacation itinerary:

Beaver Creek Resort

Although Beaver Creek Resort has a Beaver Creek address, it sits right next to Avon, and is considered a gateway to the Colorado town. This internationally-known ski resort offers skiing for all levels and does a great job of catering to beginners; they also have an ice skating rink and many other offerings, including hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer.

Harry A. Nottingham Park

Harry A. Nottingham Park is a 48-acre park in the heart of Avon. There is a walking path around the Nottingham Lake, opportunities for swimming, paddling, or fishing, and there are also volleyball courts, an outdoor performance venue, and views of Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s also a great place to just relax!

Walking Mountains Science Center

The highly rated Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon offers interactive exhibits and is a fascinating place to learn about animals, plants, the environment, and technology. A bonus is that the indoor portion is just as fantastic as outside, so this is a good pick if the weather isn’t being favorable.

EagleVail Golf Club

If you’re a golfer, you can’t miss up a chance to get in a round at the EagleVail Golf Club in Avon. Picturesque scenery and changes in elevation boost a great game, there are 18-hole and 9-hole course options, and you can end the day at their on-site bar and grill.

Vail, another renowned Colorado tourist destination, is only 10 minutes from Avon and here you’ll find the Colorado Snowsports Museum, Vail Ski Resort, Vail Brewing Company, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and plenty of chances for prime Colorado hiking like at Booth Creek Falls.

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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.

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 – Shoshone rafting is great for families. 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: Whitewater Rafting on 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.”

Those experienced with Clear Creek Colorado rafting, or trips on the Eagle River, know that those are a couple of Colorado rafting trips that rely heavily on that early snowmelt period.

Colorado's Arkansas River is perfect for rafting

Enjoy Stunning Views While Rafting Through Browns Canyon Rapids

According to Cole, the backdrop on the Arkansas, with Browns Canyon rafting trips or the Numbers excursions, 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 the 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. The numbers rapids of the Arkansas River are some of the most famous waters for experienced rafters to enjoy in this great state.

Float Through a National Monument While Arkansas River Rafting

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.”

Even if you’re looking for fun things to do in Avon, CO, which is closest to the Eagle River, don’t discount the Arkansas River close by.

Explore the rest of our site for more info on rafting trips and other activities offered at Sage, or give us a call at 970-476-3700.

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!

Update From Our 2021 White Water Raft Guide Training

Raft Guide Training

We’ve had a blast at our annual Raft Guide Training Program and we’re excited to have a new class rookie river guides this spring. With rain and even some late-season snow, it has been an eventful start to the rafting season here in Colorado!

Our River Guide Training is a premier program that prepares our trainees with the skills they’ll need to guide commercial whitewater and fishing trips. Plus, it’s just a ton of fun!

White Water Rafting Guide Training Requirements

As a part of our raft guide training, rookies must complete a minimum of 50 hours of training. This 10-day program will focus on rescue techniques, rowing, paddle guiding, river features, hydrology, boat terminology, rigging, customer service and more. Prospective guides must also receive training in leave no trace ethics.

Colorado River Guide ClassThese state requirements are mandatory for all river guides in Colorado. We not only adhere to the mandated state requirements for river guide training, we surpass them in most areas. We begin by approaching all training exercises with a deep respect for the river. All our guides are trained specifically for the demands of commercial rafting.

During this exciting training program, our rookies will be challenged daily, having the opportunity to swim through intense whitewater, practice rescue situations, and maneuver boats with and without a paddle crew…and have a blast while doing it all. It all adds up to prime river rafting in Colorado for you!

What Makes our Training Different

What makes our program truly special is the group of instructors that are some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable river experts in the business. Instructors must have 1,500 miles of commercial and private experience. This year, we have eight instructors teaching our spring classes.

Colorado Rafting Guide Class

Our raft guide training is always exciting because these classes coincide with the start of spring runoff and high water conditions. Every day is a new day for our rookie guides. Every day come new skills, as the water levels get progressively higher.

Our crew here at Sage works tirelessly to make these adventures possible, and that’s exactly what sets us apart. We love the mountains and these rivers, and we are passionate about sharing that with our guests. We are proud to maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace. And with this team, you won’t find a more fun, genuine, professional, and skilled group of guides anywhere else.

If you’d like to learn more about our annual River Guide Training Program or other career opportunities at Sage Outdoor Adventures, please check out our Careers Page.

To learn more about rafting with us, take a look at our Rafting Page. We’d love to see you on the river with us in Colorado this summer!