Piney River Ranch Family Adventures


Wednesdays July & August
8:30am - 2:30pm
$40 adults (17+) / $25 children (8-16)

Join a Walking Mountains Backcountry guide for a fun and educational 2 hour hike along the Piney River, followed by time to enjoy the historic Piney River Ranch. Piney River Ranch Family Adventures in Vail include horseback riding, canoeing & lunch at Piney Lodge & Restaurant (added cost applies). Transportation to and from Piney from Vail & Avon is provided.

Registration is required. Select a date below to register.

What to Expect:

Your day starts at 8:30 by meeting your guide at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, or one of four convenient pickup locations between Avon & Vail. We will load a Walking Mountains van and drive the scenic hour along Red Sandstone Road to Piney River Ranch. After a brief orientation to the Ranch, we will take a leisurely, educational hike along the Upper Piney River. You will experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies, learn about what critters live in our streams & forests, and your guide may even bring some surprises to share along the way! Moose and other wildlife are commonly seen at the far end of the lake, and this is a beautiful place to learn about Colorado’s wildlife & wilderness areas! After the hike, you will have about 1 ½ hours to enjoy all that Piney River Ranch has to offer. We will load the vans at 1:15 and return to Vail & Avon by 2:30.

Additional activities available at Piney River Ranch include:

Dining at the Piney Lodge Restaurant, which features signature barbecue dishes. Click here to see the menu.
Enjoying your own picnic lunch on the hills overlooking Piney Lake.
Canoeing & Standup Paddleboarding on Piney Lake.
Seeing the ranch on a 1 hour guided horseback ride, pending availability.
Canoeing & Stand-Up paddle boarding are $30 an hour. Horseback riding is $90 per hour and reservations are required. For more information on actives at Piney River Ranch, and to book canoeing or horseback rides please contact Monique Busold at