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Piney River Trail (Upper), Vail

4.4
#7 of 8 in Trails in Vail
The view has astonished people for years; the experience is gorgeous enough to match it. Piney River Ranch is a breathtaking site for for any high country event; our Wedding Deck reaches out over the shimmering waters of Piney Lake at the base of the striking Gore Mountain Range, the perfect vista for a truly memorable event.

Piney River Ranch's fantastic staff will help you create a custom event (and a custom menu), whether you prefer a casual western theme, a formal event or something altogether unique. A slew of new, upscale amenities at Piney River Ranch include a full bar, ADA-compliant restroom facilities, bride and groom’s lounges and, of course, unparalleled views.

We also offer activities that all of your guests can enjoy including canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and fishing. So whether you’re planning an elaborate wedding, a Rocky Mountain retreat or a daylong family excursion, Piney River Ranch is equipped with the quality and exquisite beauty to make any event as memorable as the occasion itself.
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  • The drive up is bumpy and rough, takes a little under an hour, but take it slow and enjoy the view.....the drive is well worth the time. Hike was beautiful with the mountains getting closer all the ti...  more »
  • The drive up to the starting point of this hike is about an hour on a dirt road. The drive is not recommended for a regular sedan. Once at the lake there is a restaurant which caters for weddings, fun...  more »
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  • Lovely (heavily trafficked) trail. No public restrooms. Trail users are not welcome at the Piney River Ranch but easily skirt it on the trail from the parking lot before entering the private property.
  • It's worth the drive. I drove a small car with less than a foot of ground clearance and I made it there with my oil pan and suspension intact. Go slow until you get there, and when you start to wonder if it's going to be worth it, remember my assurance- YES IT IS. Piney Lake IS the REAL Colorado. Absolute beauty, and it stays at 70 degrees all summer, when it's in the 80s in Vail Valley and the 90s in the Front Range. So get out there and do the gorgeous (and only moderately strenuous) 3 hour round-trip hike to Piney Falls. Do it now though, the place closes for the year at the end of September!

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