Multi-Day Trips

Summer Hut Trips

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After years of trekking through the hut system, our guides have learned all the routes, shortcuts, and best lunch spots available in and around each hut. We can help plan your hut adventure based on your interests and fitness. Our hardworking llamas will carry the group gear and food taking the heavy load off your back.  Your trip can be based out of just one hut or a hut-to-hut adventure.

Popular Summer Llama  Treks

Vail to Aspen Interconnect

  • 5-day Llama Trek
  • Travel the Western Hut System – Estin Hut, Gates Hut, Diamond J Guest Ranch and Margy’s Hut
  • Cost: $1820 per person for 6-12 people, $2,125 per person for 4-6 people
  • 4 person mininum

Colorado Trail Traverse

  • 10th Mountain Memorial Hut to Uncle Bud’s Hut
  • Cost: $995 per person for 6 or more people, $1,325 per person for 3-5 people.
  • 3 person mininum
  • Custom dates can be arranged based on hut availability
  • Access the Colorado Trail and alpine lakes
  • Climb 13,209’ Homestake Peak
  • Options to continue on to the Skinner Hut

Custom Trips Available – let us design a trip with your dates and trip goals in mind.

Call for more information or to make a reservation

Mountain Biking Hut Trip


Hut Trips | Holy Cross 100 | Half Day Tours | Full Day Tours | Popular Trails and Roads | FAQ

Hut Trips

Travel to a 10th Mountain Division hut or take on the challenge of a hut to hut tour via mountain bike. We’ll create an itinerary with daily guided routes for riders of all abilities. Routes follow single­track and dirt roads. There are many opportunities during the trip for hiking, peak climbs, and even some fly fishing.

  • All trips are accompanied by a support vehicle so the weight of gear, bike tools, and food will not hinder your ride in the high country.
  • Custom trips available in 10th mountain hut system
    • Uncle Bud’s to Skinner Hut
    • Peter Estin Hut to Harry Gates Hut

 

Holy Cross 100

This classic backcountry mountain bike adventure can cover up to 100 miles as it winds it’s way along the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area from the small town of Eagle to the historic mining town of Leadville, crossing the Continental Divide at 12000′. Three to five day options are available. Lodging is in the 10th Mountain Hut System and may include the Diamond “J” Guest Ranch

  • The main route uses Forest Service roads ranging from smooth gravel to 4­wheel drive. We do travel on pavement for about 10 miles.
  • Elevations range from 8,200′ to 12,000′
  • Difficulty: Basic riding skills are adequate for the main route and a moderate level of fitness is required. Varying degrees of pace can be accommodated, and the shuttle vehicle is always available to get you over the “hump”.
  • Dates and Pricing: TBD
  •  Contact us for pricing, available dates, and more information

 

Half Day Tours – self or fully guided tours 

  • Morning tour: 8:30 a.m. pick­up; 12:30 p.m. drop­off
  • Afternoon tour: 1:30 p.m. pick­up; 5:30 p.m. drop­off
  • Cost
    • 1 person $250
    • 2 people $170 each
    • 3 people $150 each
    • 4+ people $125 each
    • Groups of 8+ people, please call for group pricing.
  • Transportation, guide, and snack included.
  • Mountain bike NOT included. We can arrange the rental of a full suspension mountain bike, including helmet.

 

Full Day Tours

  • Morning pick-­up with approximately 4­-6 hours of riding  
  • Cost
    • 1 person $330
    • 2 people $250 each
    • 3 people $190 each
    • 4+ people $170 each
    • Groups of 8+ people, please call for group pricing.
    • Transportation, guide, and lunch included.
    • Mountain Bike NOT included. We can arrange the rental of a full suspension mountain bike, including helmet.

 

Popular Trails & Roads


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Colorado Trail to Camp Hale
Descend single­track from Tennesse Pass and the Continental Divide to Camp Hale, the historic WWII training site for the 10th Mountain ski troops. Enjoy moderate trails and roads. Half and Full day options.

Vail Pass to Red Cliff
Climb on a graded and gently inclining Forest Service road to the top of Shrine Pass. From there, it’s a gorgeous 8­mile descent through aspen and spruce­fir forests and along Turkey Creek to the former mining town of Red Cliff. Perfect for half­day tours.

Colorado River Road
This full­day sight­seeing ride is an opportunity to bike through classic Colorado ranch country while following the Colorado River. The road is paved with a short section of well maintained gravel road so choose a road or mountain bike. Guided and self­guided tours include a shuttle vehicle. Round trip driving time is approximately one and a half hours from Vail.

Red Sandstone area
The Red Sandstone road accesses a variety of roads and single track trails. Lost Lake road, Middle Creek, son­of­Middle Creek, Bueffer Creek trails, and the North Trail offer a variety of single track and road options for riders of all abilities.


Mountain Bike FAQ

Where are your mountain bike tours located?

We offer guided mountain biking outings on most single track trails and Forest Service roads located in the White River National Forest surrounding the Vail Valley, but not on Vail Mountain. Multi­day trips that access the 10th Mountain Division hut system mostly travel on Forest Service roads with limited single track. Some huts are located close to designated Wilderness Areas where bicycle travel is not allowed. The Colorado Trail offers some of the best single track options on our mountain bike hut trips.

What kind of bicycles do you provide?
We rent bicycles from local bike shop partners that maintain a fleet of full suspension mountain bikes. Flat pedals are standard issue. Bring your own bike shoes and pedals if you have them.

Why should I ride with a guide?
Maximize your time in the Vail Valley by going with a guide that knows the terrain, trails, and roads that will best match your abilities. There’s no need to waste time choosing from unknown options, getting lost, or getting in over your head. Plus, mechanicals and accidents happen. Our guides will offer instructional tips, keep your bike in motion, and keep a smile on your face. How much experience do I need? You need basic bicycle handling skills and a moderate level of fitness. You should know how to get on and off a bicycle, know how to control your speed with brakes, and be comfortable climbing and descending. If you’re looking to improve your riding, our guides are happy to offer instructional tips.

Do you offer shuttles for point­to­point rides?  
Yes. Please read more about our shuttle services. 

Llama Trekking

Filed in Multi-Day Trips by on October 5, 2015

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Llama Trekking Details:

Vail to Aspen Interconnect Itinearary

Hike with the companionship of a llama willing to share the burden of your gear.

  • Llamas have a curious, gentle and intelligent nature making them an ideal addition for your backcountry adventure
  • Camps are situated in secluded alpine settings or at high 10th Mountain Huts surrounded by alpine lakes and peak summit

“Our guides were great. They tremendously enhanced the wilderness experience. Both had a good sense of what would maximize the enjoyment of each member of the group”    —John of Charleston,

Day Trips  This link will bring you to our Summer Day Programs site.

Popular Multi-day Routes – Based on hut availability

  • Colorado Trail Traverse
    • Uncle Bud’s Hut to 10th Mountain Memorial Hut
  • Vail to Aspen Llama Treks
    • Estin Hut – Gates Hut – Diamond J Ranch – Margy’s Hut

Custom Trips can be designed for Huts or Camping. Various huts or camping trips are available to meet the dates, needs and interests of families, groups and individuals.

Pricing:

  • 1-3 people =  $580 per person / per day
  • 4-8 people = $410 per person / per day
  • 8-12 people = $385 per person / per day
  • Fully guided rate includes:  Professional guides, llamas & tack, hut / camp fees, transportation, all meals, USFS fees, sleeping bags w/ liner, trip prep info including guide connection prior to trip.  Camping includes all tents, kitchen kits and all amenities.
  • Pricing example: 4 people on a 3 day trip= $410 x 3 = $1,230.00 per person
  • Most trips are custom designed and will itemize any additional fees such as the Diamond J Ranch, additional guides, special food, etc.


Colorado Trail 
Traverse– This classic route begins at the historic training site of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops from WWll. Three to five day trips are available. The route follows the Colorado Trail as it winds its way beneath the Continental Divide. Daily distances range from 5-8 miles and up to 1500 feet of elevation gain. Accommodations are mountain huts, part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. Longer trips can include a “layover” day at one hut providing plenty of time for relaxing, exploring the area, fishing or climbing a local peak. Scheduled and Custom dates are available.

Why Llamas?

For centuries, llamas have been used as high country pack animals. Their natural curiosity and intelligence will fascinate you along with their gentle, easy going character which makes them highly compatible with children. They will act as your backcountry ‘sherpas’ carrying the food, tentage and most community gear. With a gentle nature and agile abilities the llama leaves little trace that he has passed through on a trail. Their natural inquisitiveness and relentless curiosity displayed in their ears, eyes and ‘hum’ may show you wildlife that you might have otherwise missed.

 


Call for more information or to reserve

 

Summer Hut Trips

Filed in Multi-Day Trips, Summer Featured by on September 10, 2015


After years of trekking through the hut system, our guides have learned all the routes, shortcuts, and best lunch spots available in and around each hut. We can help plan your hut adventure based on your interests and fitness. Our hardworking llamas will carry the group gear and food taking the heavy load off your back.  Your trip can be based out of just one hut or a hut-to-hut adventure.

Popular Summer Llama  Treks

Vail to Aspen Interconnect

  • 5-day Llama Trek
  • Travel the Western Hut System – Estin Hut, Gates Hut, Diamond J Guest Ranch and Margy’s Hut
  • 4 person mininum – 12 person max

Colorado Trail Traverse

  • 10th Mountain Memorial Hut to Uncle Bud’s Hut
  • Custom dates can be arranged based on hut availability
  • Access the Colorado Trail and alpine lakes
  • Climb 13,209’ Homestake Peak
  • Options to continue on to the Skinner Hut
  • 4 person minimum – 12 person max

Custom Trips Available – let us design a trip with your dates and trip goals in mind.

Call for more information or to make a reservation

Mountaineering

Filed in Multi-Day Trips, Summer Adventures, Summer Day Tours by on September 10, 2015

Paragon Mountaineering

Local Peak Ascents Full day hikes in the Vail area offer a number of peaks that provide great scenery, High Alpine terrain, and the challenge of reaching these 12,000′-13,000′ summits. The level of difficulty for most ranges from Class 1, Grade 1 to Class 2, Grade 2Warfield_HC_Climb

  • Price Ranges from $425 – $210 depending on route and number of people
  • Peaks can be done in 1, 2 or 3 day trips
  • Certain routes can only be climbed during certain seasons

 

The Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005′)is located on the northern end of the Sawatch Range of Central Colorado. Just 14 miles by road from Vail and approximately 6 miles as the “crow flies”, the peak dominates the southerly view from the top of the Vail Mountain Ski Area. Call for custom dates.

Scheduled Mount of the Holy Cross Trips 2011
July 6-8 Aug 16-18 Sept 4 day climb
July 19-21 Sept 6-8

 

 

Mt. Powell (13,575′) The highest peak in the Gore Range. Named after John Wesley Powell, the great western explorer, who climbed this peak on his way to the Grand Canyon and his epic journey down the Colorado River. This relatively remote area makes for an exciting High Alpine experience. One or two nights camping is recommended. Class 2/3, Grade 2

Uneva Peak (12,200′) Starting at Vail Pass this peak provides “high alpine” views of the Gore Range and Ten Mile Range. “Off-trail” hikingleads to the summit ridge. (moderate)

Notch Mountain (13,237′) A maintained trail leads to the summit of this well known peak awarding the climber with a view of the famous “cross of snow” on the Mount of the Holy Cross peak. (moderate)

Galena Mtn. Couloir (12,922′) Reaching the summit of Galena Mtn. via this couloir is a challenging introductory snow climb (moderate rating). An alternative south ridgeline is the standard route. Class 2, Grade 1

Grand Traverse Peak (12,860′) Located at the head of the Vail Valley, this mountain is highlighted in many of the photos you see of Vail Village with the Gore Range as a backdrop. One or two nights camping is recommended. Class 2/3, Grade 2

Homestake Peak (13,200′) From the deck of the 10th Mtn. Hut, Homestake Peak dominates the western skyline. It’s graceful, long sloping eastern ridgeline beckons to be climbed. Remnants of the WWII ski troops remind us of their adventures in these mountains. Class 2, Grade1

Mt. Jackson (13,670′) Named for the famous photographer Henry Jackson who first photographed Mt. of the Holy Cross, this peak offers great views of Holy Cross, the Cross Creek Valley, the Gore Range, and the heart of the Holy Cross Wilderness. High Alpine hiking and a short Class 3 scramble on the summit ridge makes this a challenging ascent. Camping near the Turquoise Lakes for two to four nights is recommended. Class 3, Grade 2

Mountain Skills Camp

4-6 day Mountaineering Camps These trips go into the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Camp is set in the upper reaches of the Pitkin Creek Valley. With a backdrop of high peaks and a pristine Alpine Lake, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of rock climbing and mountaineering. Depending on the length of the trip; rock climbing, rappelling, snow climbing, low impact camping and the mountain environment will be covered. The focus of these programs is to give each person a basic understanding of climbing and the systems that make it safe. We stress understanding mountain climbing concepts and provide plenty of time on the rock. Camp life is enhanced with hearty meals, and a sharing of knowledge of many aspects of backpacking, climbing, mountaineering and Natural History. Available via request only Contact us at 877.926.5299 for more information

 

 

Vail Interconnect

Filed in Multi-Day Trips, Summer Adventures by on September 10, 2015

Vail to Aspen Interconnect

Vail to Aspen Interconnect  National Geographic 50 Tours of a lifetime

Soak up autumn’s glow on this five-day llama trek that explores the wilderness surrounding two of the state’s most-loved mountain destinations. Your trekking route links three 10th Mountain Division huts and the historic Diamond J Guest Ranch between trailheads near Vail and Aspen. By day hike with a small pack – llamas carry the rest of your personal gear and our group food. By night enjoy a relaxed camaraderie of your fellow trip participants for a meal together, a game of cribbage or a book by the fire. Experience one of Colorado’s best-kept adventure secrets, one footstep at a time.

 

Vail to Aspen Interconnect Details

  • Daily mileage varies from 5 to 9 miles.
  • Huts: Peter Estin, Harry Gates, Margy’s.
  • Lodge: Diamond J Guest Ranch
  • Cost: $2,125.00 
  • Includes two guides, hut and lodge accommodations, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, llamas, sleeping bag/pillow, group gear, and USFS fees.
  • In partnership with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association
  • 2016 Trip dates coming soon!

Vail Interconnect 2016 Itinerary

Contact trips@paragonguides.com or call 970­-926-­5299 for more information or to reserve your space.

Call for more information or to reserve

 

Summer Route Map

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Camping

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Vail Camping Adventures

Explore a variety of trails surrounding Vail on a classic full or half-­day hike. Immerse yourself in the beauty and quiet of the Holy Cross or Eagle’s Nest Wilderness areas. Explore aspen forests painted with wildflowers. Hike to a pristine alpine lake. Gain a ridge or stroll beside a wooded stream. Learn the flora and fauna. Group and family pricing available for full and half-day hikes. We custom design each hike to match your interests and ability.

  • Morning, afternoon, or full day hikes available
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Included: Guide, transportation, snack or lunch
  • Pricing is adjusted based on group size and hike duration.
  • Have llamas join your hike day to carry lunch and gear.  $200 surcharge.

Hike Destinations

The following are our most popular hikes, but not our only offerings. Call for more information.

DSC01758Alpine Lake Hike
If you have all day, take a classic Colorado hike to a pristine alpine lake. Missouri Lakes, Fancy Lake, Booth Lake, Pitkin Lake, Piney Lake and the Seven Sisters Lakes are a few choices that make for an unforgettable experience.  Your day will be filled with mountain views, abundant wildflowers, mature aspen and evergreen forests.

Panorama Ridge Hike
If you yearn to look into the Gore and Sawatch ranges from up high, take yourself above the trees and gain an alpine ridge.

Meadow, Stream and Wildflower Hike
Absorb the sounds, smells, colors, and textures of the natural world on gentle to moderate trails that follow mountain streams winding through wildflower meadows and alpine forest.

Rate Summary
All hikes include door­-to­-door transportation from your Vail Valley lodging, guide, and a snack or lunch.

Full Day/4­-8 hour hike with lunch
Morning departure

  • One person ­ $295
  • 2 people ­ $180 each
  • 3 people ­ $160 each
  • 4+ people ­ $130 each
  • Upgrade your lunch to our classic “Red­-Checkered” picnic lunch, available on request. $10 per person additional.

Half Day/ Up to 4 hours, with trail snacks
Mornings: 8:30 -­12:30
Afternoons: 1:30­ – 5:30

  • One person ­ $220
  • 2 people ­ $130 each
  • 3 people ­ $115 each
  • 4+ people ­ $99 each

Llama Trekking

Filed in Multi-Day Trips by on September 10, 2015

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Llama Trekking Details:

Hike with the companionship of a llama willing to share the burden of your gear.

  • Llamas have a curious, gentle and intelligent nature making them an ideal addition for your backcountry adventure
  • Camps are situated in secluded alpine settings or at high 10th Mountain Huts surrounded by alpine lakes and peak summit

“Our guides were great. They tremendously enhanced the wilderness experience. Both had a good sense of what would maximize the enjoyment of each member of the group”    —John of Charleston,

Day Trips  This link will bring you to our Summer Day Programs site.

Multi-day Trips  2016 Schedule: 

  • July 2016 Dates TBA   Colorado Trail Traverse
    • 10th Mountain Memorial Hut to Uncle Bud’s Hut
  • July2016 Dates TBA Vail to Aspen Llama Trek
    • Estin Hut – Gates Hut – Diamond J Ranch – Margy’s Hut
  • August 2017 Dates TBA   Vail to Aspen  Interconnect
    • See our trip information here.


llamatrekking01Colorado Trail 
Traverse– This classic route begins at the historic training site of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops from WWll. Three to five day trips are available. The route follows the Colorado Trail as it winds its way beneath the Continental Divide. Daily distances range from 5-8 miles and up to 1500 feet of elevation gain. Accommodations are mountain huts, part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. Longer trips can include a “layover” day at one hut providing plenty of time for relaxing, exploring the area, fishing or climbing a local peak. Scheduled and Custom dates are available.

Custom Trips can be designed for Huts or Camping. Various huts or camping trips are available to meet the dates, needs and interests of families, groups and individuals.

Why Llamas?

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For centuries, llamas have been used as high country pack animals. Their natural curiosity and intelligence will fascinate you along with their gentle, easy going character which makes them highly compatible with children. They will act as your backcountry ‘sherpas’ carrying the food, tentage and most community gear. With a gentle nature and agile abilities the llama leaves little trace that he has passed through on a trail. Their natural inquisitiveness and relentless curiosity displayed in their ears, eyes and ‘hum’ may show you wildlife that you might have otherwise missed.

 


Call for more information or to reserve