Buena Vista Location Moving May 1, 2022

Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals continues to grow as leaders in the outdoor adventure industry of Colorado! To better serve our Chaffee County customers, the Buena Vista location will move on May 1 to 12985 Hwy 24/285. We are excited to kick off the summer season out of a bigger facility with high visibility on Hwy 285.

The remainder of the 2021-22 winter season will continue to operate out of our downtown Buena Vista location where we offer snowmobile and Timbersled rentals for riding on Cottonwood Pass. As the snow melts and summer returns, we look forward to amazing Slingshot rides over the pass and UTV tours in the Four Mile Recreation Area just outside of Buena Vista. Whether you’re in the mood for more winter or itching for shorts weather, give us a call for your Rocky Mountain adventure needs! 719.966.5233.

Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat Adventure Package

We’ve got the ultimate weekend adventure that won’t require any planning on your part! The Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat Package includes all you need to know to get fed, get rested, and get stoked for all the fun in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Explore the top destinations in Colorado in the shortest amount of time while glamping at the beautiful Green Bridge Inn in Red Cliff, Colorado. This incredible package can be one, two, three or even FOUR days long!

Included in your Eat, Sleep, Ridge, Repeat Package is 10% off rentals from Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals, 10% off 6 meals at Mango’s Mountain Grill, and 10% off 3 nights of lodging at Green Bridge Inn. This may just be one of the most amazing deals you’ll find in the entire state of Colorado. See details below.

Day One: Your Rocky Mountain Adventure begins as you head out Red Cliff’s back door on Shrine Pass Road. Explore the backcountry of Vail Pass in a UTV/side-by-side. Discover wide-open meadows full of wildflowers (and an enormous herd of sheep that moves around the valley), thick pine forests and glorious views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges. The aspen trees explode with color in the fall. Terrain types vary and are suitable for all levels.

Day Two: Pull out of Red Cliff in style driving a Polaris Slingshot. This open-air roadster feels like driving a life-sized version of the Hot Wheels cars you played with as a kid. Heads will turn, but you’ll be having too much fun to notice.

Because Red Cliff really is in the center of it all, you’ve got two options for your Slingshot journey:

1. Cruise south on the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway to Leadville, the highest city in Colorado. Stay awhile for some laid back Main Street shopping and dining in Leadville or turn west and make the drive over Independence Pass to Aspen.

2. Leave north out of Red Cliff over Battle Mountain Pass to I-70 East. Take the Vail exit and browse the elite boutiques in Vail Village. If high-end shops aren’t your thing, just keep going east over Vail Pass to Summit County (the most beautiful stretch of I-70 in the country). Frisco welcomes visitors with an iconic Main Street where you can enjoy family-friendly dining and shopping, a historic park, art exhibits, and hassle-free parking. From Frisco drive over Swan Mountain Road for the breathtaking views and scenic overlooks of Lake Dillon. This is an easy loop back to I-70 West.

Day Three: The past few days, you’ve gotten plenty to eat at Mango’s Mountain Grill and plenty of rest at the comfortable Green Bridge Inn. You’re ready for another day of adventure. Put on some sunscreen and get ready for a day on the lake on a stand-up paddleboard. This watercraft is so much better than a canoe or kayak because you have the option to sit, kneel, stand, or even take a break lying down while soaking in the sun. Floating on the water is incredibly relaxing! Options for your SUP time include Nottingham Lake in Avon or Piney Lake just south of Vail. For bonus fun on this day, take along a Onewheel rental from RMAR and hit a rec path to try out your flow skills. If you like snowboards or skateboards, the Onewheel will blow your mind!

Day Four: You’re a true adventure seeker and can’t get enough. We get it! There is still so much more to do and see. Today you’ll explore the rugged Four Mile Recreational area around the Brown’s Canyon National Monument and the Arkansas River near Buena Vista. This charming town sits at the base of the Continental Divide with the backdrop of Colorado’s tallest mountain peaks. Off-roading terrain includes rock scrambles (for those with advanced skills) and numerous breathtaking overlooks. Buena Vista is a mecca for river sports and if a float down the Arkansas is on your bucket list, we can point you in the right direction.

The Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat Package was created with YOU in mind. Your vacation time is precious and you want to make the most of it. Pick and choose from Days 1-4 above.

Our local staff knows the Rockies from the valleys to the high country like no one else. For you this means maximum fun without the guesswork and “wish we had knowns.” By listening to the particular wants and needs of your group, we can offer customized suggestions for each day of your stay in the Colorado mountains of Red Cliff.  Please call or email us today, we look forward to hearing from you. (970) 471-8491.

*Minimum requirements to qualify for the Eat, Sleep, Ridge, Repeat Package are a 2-day rental from RMAR and a 1-night stay at the Green Bridge Inn. Holidays are excluded.

Authored by K Stanford

Scenic Shrine Pass

Looking for a great summer activity while visiting Vail or Eagle County? Something scenic away from the crowds, but won’t leave you breathless and exhausted? Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals has the answer for you in Shrine Pass. See more mountains, wildflowers, hidden gems, and beautiful scenery in a short amount of time without hiking uphill for miles and miles. Our UTV rentals (also known as Razers, Side-by-Sides, offroad vehicles, and ATVs) are the most fun you’ll have while visiting Colorado in the summer. Getting out in a UTV is a great summer activity for acclimating to the altitude and is something the whole family can enjoy at the same pace (children must be at least 8 years of age).

One of the most popular spots to explore in Eagle County is Shrine Pass, easily accessible from our Red Cliff location directly south of Vail. The Shrine Pass Trail is traversed by a narrow unpaved road connecting the eastern side of Vail Pass near Interstate 70 (East) with the upper valley of the Eagle River (west). When the road is not covered in snow, it is an off-road trail for ATVs but is also accessible to sturdy 2WD vehicles and light trucks. The Shrine Pass Trail was formerly the principal route between the upper valleys of the Blue and Eagle rivers before the construction of U.S Highway 6 over nearby Vail Pass which is now the main route for vehicular traffic.

The terrain in the Shrine Pass area offers something for all of levels of driving ability. Drivers must be licensed and over the age of 21. The landscape offers incredible mountain vistas, open meadows full of wildflowers, thick pine forests, and occasionally some wildlife sightings.

The Shrine Pass Trail runs north/south through the Vail Pass Recreation Area. There are 55,000 acres of backcountry paradise and 119 motorized and non/motorized trails to explore in the Vail Pass Recreational Area. Take one of our UTVs out for a half day or get lost deep in the woods and camp for a night or two.

For the hungers, you can fill up beforehand, take carryout, or end your day at Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff. The menu offers favorites such as fresh salads, char-grilled burgers, fries and an enviable selection of craft beer and spirits.

Year round, Shrine Pass is an incredible mountain mecca for adventure riding, UTVs in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Your safety is the top priority for the staff at Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals. Our friendly guides will offer thorough instruction, provide maps and plenty of insider tips before you set out. To book your adventure, give us a call at (970) 471-8491 to get started. We hope to see you on the trail soon!

Polaris Slingshot Colorado Driving Laws

The Polaris Slingshot is sometimes called a three-wheeled motorcycle or a reverse trike, as its design places two wheels up front and one in the rear. Driving a Slingshot is an experience in itself, but driving a Slingshot over the scenic mountain roads near Vail, Colorado, is an unforgettable adventure. Here at Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals (RMAR), we offer Polaris Slingshot rentals so that you can get the thrill of being behind the wheel in this vehicle that has an incredibly unique design.

Updated Colorado laws make driving the Polaris Slingshot even more accessible, so read on to find out more about the Slingshot driving experience and about where to drive a Slingshot near Vail.

The Polaris Slingshot and Colorado Law

Great news: As of April 2017, Colorado no longer requires a motorcycle endorsement to drive a Slingshot. Now anyone who meets the legal requirements for driving a car can also drive a Slingshot. This change makes Slingshot driving more accessible for a wider group of people who want to give it a try on exciting mountain roads near Vail with Slingshot rentals from RMAR.

A bit of background: When Polaris introduced the Slingshot in 2014, drivers were required to have a motorcycle endorsement or license to operate the Slingshot. Because the Slingshot has three wheels, some states have chosen to continue requiring a motorcycle endorsement. But many states are now choosing to license the Slingshot as a car because it handles more like a car than a motorcycle. Colorado originally required drivers to have a motorcycle endorsement in order to drive a Slingshot, but as of April 2017, Colorado drivers only need a driver’s license to take a Slingshot out on the open road.

In Colorado, drivers and passengers under the age of 18 are still required to wear a helmet when in a Slingshot, in accordance with Colorado’s motorcycle helmet law. Drivers and passengers over the age of 18 are not required to wear helmets when in a Slingshot—though RMAR has helmets available for those who would like to wear them.

The Polaris Slingshot Experience

The Polaris Slingshot is known for its low-to-the-ground ride and for its powerful acceleration. It also features a side-by-side, driver-passenger experience and an open cockpit that doesn’t have any doors. When driving a Slingshot on the mountain passes and rolling terrain near Vail, this set-up lets drivers and passengers take in cinematic mountain views and breathe in refreshing high-country air.

The Polaris Slingshot is also an ace vehicle for driving on winding mountain roads. Because it’s lightweight but doesn’t have overwhelming power, it accelerates nicely through corners and curves. The Slingshot’s body shape gives drivers and passengers the sense of being safe and enclosed while also being incredibly low to the ground.

As Polaris sums up the Slingshot experience

  • Insanely low
  • Absurdly powerful
  • No doors
  • No roof
  • No regrets

Polaris Slingshot Rental and Vail Slingshot Driving

Now that Slingshot driving is even more accessible to Colorado drivers, we’re excited to share the experience by offering Vail Slingshot rentals. It’s possible to drive a Slingshot right out the RMAR adventure rental location in Eagle-Vail, Red Cliff, and Buena Vista and have the day trip of a lifetime.

Ready to go? Find out more here: Slingshot rentals from Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals. Or give us a call today to reserve: (970) 471-8491.

Drivers must be 16 with approved endorsements. Under 18 must have drivers license present upon rental. Credit Card and Deposit will be taken upon reservation.