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Piney River Ranch

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700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail, CO 81658
+1 303-905-4439
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Potentially the prettiest place in the vail area

45 minute dirt road trail that is very dusty and you have. To go slow due to small rocks on the... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
billevans67
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Mountain View, California
Wonderful Hike!

The drive to Piney River Ranch was fun and beautiful in itself. The hike was was beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Elaine M
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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We are officially closed for the 2017 season. See you in Summer 2018! Mountain ranch offering summer activities - hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, restaurant, lodging. Opened June 21st through September annually.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“dirt road” (29 reviews)
“rent canoes” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail, CO 81658
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+1 303-905-4439
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Reviewed August 5, 2016

45 minute dirt road trail that is very dusty and you have. To go slow due to small rocks on the road. After this trip you come to a lodge with a mid sized lake with an amazing backdrop. We took the kids out on...More

1  Thank billevans67
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Reviewed July 28, 2016

The drive to Piney River Ranch was fun and beautiful in itself. The hike was was beautiful and peaceful!

1  Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

Our two senior adult couples had a great day trip to Piney Lake and the ranch. Yes, the 45 minute drive up the dirt road is tedious, but can be easily handled by passenger cars. The reason it takes 45 minutes to go 10 miles...More

1  Thank rjmartintx
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Yes, it's true the drive takes about 45 minutes on a windy, rut-filled packed dirt road up the mountain. But it is totally worth it! The views with the lake, mountain backdrop and meadow flowers all around make for an incredibly beautiful setting! We did...More

1  Thank suzannelammers
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Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We visited Piney River Ranch for a 2 hour horse ride up. Our trail leader TY was quite the story-teller! He lead us up through a trail of beautiful Aspens, wildflowers and pine. The horses were gorgeous. Definitely good for a beginner as they handled...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The location is truly spectacular! Worth the drive. The trails are beautiful and good for kids. But don't expect much from the owners. They have no interest in welcoming or serving their guests. We felt like an incredible inconvenience. If you go, make and needed...More

1  Thank cgstep
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Reviewed July 9, 2016

Piney River Ranch is a fun dirt road drive about 30 minutes from vail, and it is quite worth it! The views are amazing, and you get perfect camp vibes with the creature comforts for adults. There is canoeing, and amazing hiking through the beautiful...More

1  Thank Hyatt M
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Reviewed July 8, 2016

Everything supplied by nature was perfect. Everything supplied by the ranch was sub-par. Our greeting consisted of "your room is over there". We stayed in one of their "glamping" tents. The view from the tent (and all of them) is the back of cabins. The...More

1  Thank mconnell62
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Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

When visiting the Vail area it is a must for you to visit Piney River Ranch for at the very least one day. Many activities for all ages from horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, or more skilled backpacking. Visiting to simply sit in a chair and...More

1  Thank Scubacouple1985
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Reviewed June 30, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Piney River Ranch. Yes, the road is bumpy, and yes, it really takes 45 minutes to make the 8 mile trek up the mountain. When you arrive, the views are worth it! The hike to the waterfalls is well-traveled...More

2  Thank 3rdgradeinCO
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Susan L
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Response from ruhskis | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't aware that they had overnight accommodations. I've only been there for day visits.
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