Summer Activities



Avalanche Ranch is the perfect base camp for hikers.  Within 5-15 minute car travel, there are at least 8-10 trailheads that feature easy to difficult hikes.  To name a few; Avalanche Creek, Perham Creek, East Creek, Placita Trail, Raspberry Ridge, Carbonate Creek…. All beautiful, Rocky Mountain hikes.  We also have a mile of trail on the Avalanche Ranch grounds for those looking to stretch their legs or take their kids on an adventure out the cabin door.



Open around-the-clock for all lodging guests (closed Wednesday from 9am-4pm for cleaning), the 3 pools are located on site, a short walk from all cabins.  Temperatures range from 92-104 degrees and are the perfect place to decompress and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.  Family friendly!



Avalanche Ranch is located on the Crystal River, certified Gold Metal waters for anglers.  All lodging guests have access to our 500 feet of riverfront where there is a nice deep pool created by the confluence of Avalanche Creek and the Crystal River, home to multiple species of Trout and White Fish.  In addition to the river, there is also a pond stocked with Rainbow Trout.  As our riverfront is catch & release, all cabin guests are welcome to keep up to 4 fish per cabin from our pond.



Every Wednesday Night and Saturday Night in the summer at Avalanche Ranch: Join Cowboy Steve around the campfire for songs and ‘smores! A signature night at the Ranch with an authentic western feel. Song requests welcome and if you have an instrument you’d like to bring along, more the merrier!



Highway 133 is great for road biking, but take note: it does not have much of a shoulder.  There is a bike path 9 miles North of Avalanche Ranch on HWY 133 that links to both Aspen and Glenwood Springs, a great place to park and ride for adults and kids alike.


Canoeing and Paddleboating

The Avalanche Ranch pond is located on the North end of the property and is a great place for family play, fishing, walking, and boating.  There is a canoe and 2 paddleboats for lodging guests to use.  Great for first time canoe experience! and the paddleboats are well-suited for young and old alike!  Lifejackets are provided by Avalanche at the office.



Massages at Avalanche Ranch are a great way to relax.  With our cabins and yoga barns it is easy to get away for an hour or two for a  deep tissue, or sports massages, as well as Myofascial release and more!
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We offer customized private sessions.  Call the office to schedule. (970)963-2846
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Other Activities on the Ranch:

* Visiting the barnyard chickens, sheep, donkey and llama
* Horseshoe
* Badminton
* Volleyball (legal size sand court)
* Ping pong
* Pick apples and help make cider (seasonal)


Activities Near By:

logosRoad and Mountain Biking: Biking the Crystal River along the highway is beautiful.  Also there are numerous off-road mountain bike trails nearby. 

outwest-guidesHorseback Riding: Horseback riding in the Valley is a memorable western experience.  The mountain scenery is breathtaking. 

Whitewater Rafting

River Rafting: White water rafting on the Crystal River right from Avalanche Ranch is an exciting way to spend the afternoon!  Contact Whitewater Rafting for more information.


Caves and Cavern Tours: Originally opened for public tours in 1886, the Fairy Caves were touted locally as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.  Our guests say this is well worth it and great for the whole family.


Soaking in a Natural Hot Springs Pool: Penny Hot Springs is a natural hot pool in the Crystal River. It’s a great experience and only 1.2 miles south of Avalanche Ranch. 


Jeep Tours and 4-Wheelin’: Jeep tours out of Marble are a wonderful, open-air way to get to the high country.


Golf: Golf in the valley is plentiful with beautiful views. 

Fishing: Fishing is great in the Crystal River. 



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