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Activities on the Taylor River

Your stay at Harmels on the Taylor will be nothing short of adventure. From fly fishing to enjoying a night under the stars at our bonfire pit, the opportunities for adventurous activities on the Taylor River are endless. 

Horseback riding through the property amongst towering trees, and next to the flowing Taylor River, allows you to experience the beauty of Harmels on the Taylor from a different point of view. Each trip takes you through part of the Gunnison National Forest where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery on every side. Guided by our talented set of wranglers, you and your family will be in good hands!

For our avid fly fishing guests, Harmels on the Taylor has an on-site fly shop of the hottest flies for the Taylor River. Our team of fly fishing guides can help guests wade through the the gold medal waters of the Taylor River to catch one of our trophy-winning trout. 

Another popular activity at Harmels on the Taylor is whitewater rafting. We have partnered with Scenic River Tours to ensure guests with the best whitewater rafting trips just steps away from the lodge at Harmels. From the calm waters of the lower Taylor to the heart-racing rapids of the upper Taylor, Scenic River Tours has a whitewater rafting trip for guests of all ages and experience levels. 

Kids can play on the brand new playground, created by ID Sculpture, located next to the waterfront cabins. We have a stocked pond located in our pasture area that is plentiful with smaller rainbow trout where you can use bait and keep what you catch; perfect for the smaller kiddos that shouldn’t be out in the river. 

For guests who want to relax indoors, Harmels on the Taylor has a recreation room open 24/7 complete with a pool table, foosball table and plenty of boardgames and puzzles. We at Harmels on the Taylor are committed to making sure each and every guest has the best experience at our ranch!

Fly Fishing on the Taylor River

You have just found one of the best cold water fisheries in the state of Colorado! Our one mile stretch of waters, including the Taylor River and tributaries, has said to be "twice the fishing at half the price" of the Frying Pan near Aspen. No guides required, but encouraged. Our fee to fish per person is $125/day or FREE if you are a guest at Harmels.

Horseback Riding

**To book your ride, please call Bode directly at (970) 901-5710** At Harmels there is a mount to suit everyone from children seven years old to the most experienced rider. Beginner, intermediate and advanced trail rides leave Harmels three times per day - every day. From hay rides, riding lessons to wilderness rides, Harmels has it all! Every trail ride is through the magnificent and rugged Taylor Canyon and into the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area on some of the same trails used over one hundred years ago by the original pioneers and of course the local wildlife.

Whitewater Rafting

The Taylor River trips offer something for every member of your group or family, from mild to wild. This is a scenic narrow river that meanders through the Taylor Canyon. You travel through areas where the canyon walls rise straight up from the river banks and often there are bighorn sheep sightings along the river. If you are lucky, you may even see elk, deer or an occasional black bear.