From late June through the end of September, Piney River Ranch is more than just a quiet place to kick back in front of a spectacular view. In fact, we offer an array of activities at the ranch, on the water, and in the thousands of acres of backcountry that surrounds us. From canoeing on Piney Lake with the family, fly-fishing on the Piney River, or hiking and horseback riding high above the shoreline, we’ve got an adventure for everybody.
Along the trail, you’ll enjoy views of the surrounding mountain peaks, the pristine Piney River, wildflower meadows, and fields of beautifully forested Aspen trees. You may also catch a glimpse of our wildlife, including moose, elk, and deer. Reservations are highly recommended. Ages 10 and up.
Two-Hour Horseback Ride:
The two-hour ride is a very relaxing and exciting experience as you make your way through the Piney River Valley, taking in the fantastic views along the trail. Rides, scheduled throughout the day, by demand, depart from and conclude at the ranch.
Two-Hour: $85 per person
One-Hour Horseback Ride:
If your time is limited, the one-hour ride offers you a similar experience lasting half as long. You will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the Piney River area while not impacting the rest of your itinerary.
One-Hour: $70 per person
Our rides are scheduled daily at 10am, 2pm and 5:30pm. Please note we only have one wrangler so if a group has pre-booked the 1 hour ride at a particular time, then that is the ride that will be available.
Piney stables is an equal opportunity service provider. Piney Stables is under special use permit by the White River National Forest. Guide and Outfitter #2445.
Piney Lake is a longtime Colorado favorite destination for lake fly fishing. Nestled at the base of the remote and rugged Gore Range and surrounded by the Eagle’s Nest wilderness, Piney Lake is the trout-laden gem of Eagle County.
Piney River Ranch anglers can chase almost every species of trout found in Colorado (Brookies, Browns, Cutthroat, and Rainbow trout), in almost every way imaginable. Knowledgeable, professional staff will facilitate activities, from shore fishing to canoes and stand-up paddle boards.
FREE casting clinics are offered daily. Please note: Fishing Licenses are required as this is a private lake. You can pick one up from Walmart, Sports Authority, City Market and Safeway.
Canoeing & Stand-up Paddleboarding
Piney River Ranch offers guests the opportunity to explore Piney Lake in a canoe starting at $30 per hour. This includes paddles, life vests, and instruction. Stand-up paddleboards start at $30 an hour, including paddle, life vest and instruction. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are only accepted for large groups. Please note that disruptions in Piney Lake activity may be experienced due to wedding ceremonies and other large events.
Piney Lake Rental Rates
Canoe Rental: $30/hour, $90/4 hours
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $30/hour
Drift Boat: $45/hour
Rod and Reel Rental: $20
Private Fishing Guide - please call Minturn Anglers on 970 827 9500 to schedule.
The Upper Piney trail begins at the end of Red Sandstone Road, outside of the Piney River Ranch entrance, and ends at Upper Piney Lake, and is roughly 7 miles each way. Begin your journey outside of the ranch (where public parking is available), pass Piney Lake and gently climb through an open meadow before entering the forest and reaching a cascading waterfall about three miles in. The average hiker will have no problem reaching the waterfall destination in about an hour and a half. However, the trail becomes less distinct and more difficult after the falls, and becoming steeper as it approaches Upper Piney Lake and takes you to Knee Knocker Pass. Beyond this, the Upper Piney River Trail provides access to Mt. Powell, peaking at 13,580’ in elevation, and is also the highest summit in the Gore Range. Fewer people use the trail after the 5.5 mile mark, so exercise caution.
Piney River Ranch will soon be hosting SUP yoga on Piney Lake. Please check back for details!