General Ranch Questions
Piney River Ranch’s seasonal opening depends on the road to the ranch, which is opened by the US Forest Service no earlier than June 21st each year. Late spring snowfall and early fall snowfall can greatly impact drivers’ ability to reach the ranch. Most seasons, we open June 21st and remain open through the last weekend in September. Exceptions can be made with full acknowledgment that Piney River Ranch will not accept responsibility for closures outside of our control, including Forest Service closures.
Each of our accommodations has its own individual fire pit. Fire wood is available for purchase in our trading post, which is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Piney River does allow pets to join their owners on the ranch. ALL DOGS MUST BE LEASHED. If you’re staying overnight, we do require a $30 non-refundable fee, per pet, per stay. Day-visitors and overnight guests are responsible for disposing of all pet waste in appropriately provided trash containers. Pets are not allowed in the main lodge and are prohibited from being on the furniture.
Accommodations for the 2016 season are as follows:
Bear Cabin (sleeps 8)
Osprey Cabin (sleeps 8)
Lakeside Yurt (sleeps 17)
Moose Cabin (sleeps 4)
Elk Cabin (sleeps 4)
Glamping Tents (sleep 4)
There are no kitchen, bathroom or shower amenities in any of our accommodations. All accommodations share a men's and women's guest bathhouse complete with flush toilets.
Please visit our lodging page for pricing and availability.
Yes! Our main lodge will be open daily for lunch. We have a variety of house-made items on our menu, including salads, sandwiches, and BBQ smoked on-site daily. We are also licensed to sell beer, wine and liquor to our guests. Please visit Ranch Dining to download our menu.
Overnight guests are free to bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to Piney River Ranch for their own personal consumption. Day visitors are not permitted to picnic at the ranch, but areas in the National Forest along the road up to the ranch do have pullouts for picnicking. State law requires that all alcoholic beverages be purchased from the bar. You will be fined for any of your guests who violate our liquor policies, and your guests will be asked to leave the premises. Piney River Ranch does allow our event hosts to provide and serve their own dessert offerings.
Due to our very high altitude, weather conditions can vary greatly throughout the season and change quickly. We recommend that you come prepared for any condition—including snow, rain, heat and high wind.
Guests should prepare ahead of time. Advance to high altitude slowly, allowing your body to adjust. If you’re visiting us from low-altitude locations (i.e., outside of Colorado), try to spend a day or two at lower elevations before ascending. Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest and avoid consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
Piney River Ranch is just 12 miles from the Vail Valley, and our address is 700 Red Sandstone Road, Vail, Colorado 81658. Your GPS will not take you to the ranch, so please visit our directions page for more information!
Wedding & Event Related Questions
The eight-hour rental begins three hours before your ceremony starts. For example, if your ceremony begins at 4pm, you will have access to the space at 1pm to begin set-up, and will conclude at 10pm. Cleanup and breakdown will then occur between 10pm and 11pm. Though you may dictate when the block of time begins, all events must conclude by 10:00 p.m.
If additional time is required at the beginning of your event, there will be a fee of $500/hour.