Red Sandstone Road, the road to Piney River Ranch, is owned and maintained by the US Forest Service. You may access the ranch via Red Sandstone Road from June 21st through the last Saturday in September 2023. The road to Piney stays open beyond the closing date of the ranch and is closed by the Forest Service shortly after. This schedule is dictated by the Forest Service to ensure the road is safe to travel, due to high level of snowfall in the off-season and winter months. We suggest calling the USFS on (970) 827 5715 after September each year for updates on the road and its condition.
Piney River Ranch is located 12 miles from West Vail at the end of Red Sandstone Road. Our physical address is 700 Red Sandstone Road. Please note that GPS systems typically only take you to the beginning of the U.S. Forest Service road that leads to the ranch. You must travel 12 miles past that point to reach the ranch entrance, which is about 45 additional minutes. Due to our location within a National Forest, sites such as Google Maps or MapQuest will not always route you properly to the ranch. If using GPS please enter Piney Lake otherwise please use the directions below.
The road is not paved, therefore it is a rough and bumpy ride—however, four-wheel drive is not necessary. Please allow at least 45 minutes to an hour from the start of the dirt road to arrive at Piney River Ranch. For questions or concerns regarding the road and its condition please contact the USFS on 970-827-5715.