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Piney River Ranch

#14 of 74 things to do in Vail Features Animals
700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail, CO 81658
+1 303-905-4439
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Not easy to get to, but worth it!

My husband drove out to Piney Lake for one afternoon in September. We didn't stay there, we didn't... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Julie G
Minneapolis, Mn
Worth the drive (in summer)

Best thing to say is have your adventure and try it out for yourself. I found it beautiful, nice... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail, CO 81658
+1 303-905-4439
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

My husband drove out to Piney Lake for one afternoon in September. We didn't stay there, we didn't hike, we didn't have time. Turns out, it was well worth it for the views alone and when we got there, a MOOSE was standing in the...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Best thing to say is have your adventure and try it out for yourself. I found it beautiful, nice trails and decent food. A LOT of fun! It's a long slow drive though. Took us about 45 minutes on the dirt road.

Thank RussellKP
Reviewed 2 November 2016

In summer time, this is a great place to visit. 40 minutes away from Vail with different walking trails and wonderful views. Excellent place for picnics and family/friends gatherings.

Thank Edgardo M
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fun! This place is definitely beautiful. The road in/out is not as bad as others have said, but it is not easy either. The lake, surrounding mountains, and fall colors were truly spectacular. We stayed in one of the lakeside glamping tents. They really need...More

Thank BuffaloPaz
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stopped to use a picnic table to feed our infant and were shooed away by a worker who explained "they're trying to run a restaurant here and you're discouraging our guests". not sure nature this is the best location for a resort compound... My...More

Thank Hughesgt
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I lived in Vail for a ski season 30 years ago. Piney River Ranch is the most beautiful spot in that area in my opinion. You have to travel a rocky dirt road that twists and turns for 11 miles to get there, but the...More

Thank RamRom080410
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

My husband & I decided to check out the Piney River Ranch. It is 10.5 miles outside of Vail on very rugged, bumpy, unpaved, and narrow road. Once we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the ranch. Not only is it on the Piney River,...More

Thank Barb G
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Our daughter got married on the lakeside deck outside the rustic wedding venue at Piney. With the water and mountains behind them, the setting could not have been prettier. The views from inside the spacious timber dining room were gorgeous. The room was warm, comfortable...More

1  Thank Wendell D
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Had read several reviews on the trip to Piney Lake so was prepared for the encounter. The road up, while bumpy and rugged, was much easier than anticipated. Did it in a rental SUV; wouldn't have wanted to do it in a low slung sedan....More

Thank jeffmpma
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Just lovely. Green, water, wet forests, thick Alpen Birch glades. Easy hike. Trail is well maintained and easy to navigate.

Thank ssl617
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