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“diamond in the rough”
Review of Piney River Ranch

Piney River Ranch
Ranked #14 of 74 things to do in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mountain ranch offering summer activities - hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, restaurant, lodging. Opened June 21st through September annually.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“diamond in the rough”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Definitely off the beaten path (took us over 45 min to get there on mostly dirt road up the mountain) but it was definitely worth the trip! The wildlife was just off the road on the way up (moose and mule deer!) and the lodging, while rustic, appeared nice.
We hiked the 3 miles in to beautiful views of the waterfall - water levels have been low this season but it was still beautiful! Not too dangerous for the novice hiker! Then to have the restraunt open upon our return for a snack was an added bonus -
NOTE: take snacks and water on your journey!

Visited September 2012
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Horrible people”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

The manager was so rude we will never go back. We were married there 15 years ago and took our kids to show them, hike and rent a canoe. The guy heard my son ask for a snack and me say I had sandwiches. He jumped all over us saying it is not a National Park, no picnicing and he is trying to run a business. We never had any food out nor was I about to pull it out. We were going to eat lunch on the trail then canoe. He was beyond rude and the place looks terrible. No trees planted after beetle kill removed, no flowers, all gravel. Never recommed to anyone.

Visited September 2012
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Melville, New York
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenes”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

The views are magnificent but the ride in is awful. You must drive on a dirt road for about 9 miles and you cannot drive more than a few miles an hour due to the poor condition of the road. If you get car sick, stay away. Recommend using an suv vehicle or pickup truck with 4x.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Went to a wedding on a spectacularly gorgeous day, unfortunately the service didn't match. Tables weren't cleared, glasses not filled for the toast, food at buffet was not replenished, a bit of rudeness, and unfriendly bartenders. This was the consensus of any guest I spoke to. Despite this, I had a great time, especially since the band that was brought in saved the day. Eventhough the setting is incredible, I would not hold an event there.

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Vail, Colorado
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202 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“what people think of when they imagine life in the montains”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

Not easy to get to, but worth the trip. A nice place to hang or do a number of activities. Nice that you can drive right up to where you want to be and be in wilderness for the most part

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