Eleven Experience was created with a singular focus; to provide the world’s finest adventure-based luxury destinations for couples and families with children. To this end, their premier property in the Rockies for summertime activities is Taylor River Lodge. Located along a mile of semi-private water on the Taylor River and minutes from float trips on the Gunnison River, Taylor River Lodge is a natural for fly fishers as well as offering a wide range of additional guided outdoor activities. During a week stay guests are encouraged to take part in hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, all located very near the lodge. True to their mission, Taylor River Lodge is a true luxury facility that has the equipment, staff and expertise to introduce guests of all ages to the activities they offer.
Taylor River Lodge is located in central Colorado, approximately 30 minutes from Gunnison, CO.
This area of Colorado is an anglers’ paradise, with pristine trout-filled water surrounded by spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. Located in the heart of the Gunnison Valley, guests at Taylor River Lodge have access to hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. Following is a breakdown of the angling options.
Taylor River: A mile of the Taylor River the forms the property boundary at Taylor River Lodge, creating a semi-private fly fishing experience. The Taylor River is known for its’ large tailwater fish in an intimate canyon setting. Along the lodge property guests will walk and wade a variety of water types with low pressure and high catch rates. Guides at Taylor River Lodge know the river from its’ mountain headwaters all the way down to the lodge, giving guests the ability to fish various sections over multiple days.
Gunnison River: Just a short 11-mile drive down the canyon road from Taylor River Lodge, the East River meets the Taylor River to form the headwaters of the historic Gunnison River, Colorado’s second largest river. And so begins the river’s amazing 164-mile journey through the Gunnison Valley on its way to Blue Mesa Reservoir and the famous Black Canyon, and ultimately to Grand Junction where it joins the Colorado River. The Upper Gunnison River is pristine trout water which is best fished from drift boats and fishing rafts during most of the season, providing access to 26 miles of river from the headwaters in Almont to Blue Mesa Reservoir. Float different stretches over multiple days in our new premium drift boats, custom built for Eleven.
Mountain biking: Mile for mile, trail for trail, Crested Butte, Colorado ranks amongst the world’s top mountain biking destinations. Considered to be one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, Crested Butte’s mountain bike pedigree runs deep. From May through October riders can explore 750+ miles of singletrack. Endless trails mean unlimited options for mileage, elevation, and technical (or mellower) combinations. You’ll find terrain for all abilities, from flowy singletrack through stunning wildflower meadows to rowdy descents through pine forests in the high alpine. Crested Butte’s bike-friendly vibe and Eleven’s knowledgeable guides ensure an unparalleled experience in mountain bike Mecca.
Stand up paddle boarding: You will find a variety of water in the Gunnison Valley – from swift and challenging to lazy river floats.
Mountaineering on Guides Ridge: This mountain ascent is ideal for a family with adventurous kids, yet also challenging enough for the seasoned alpine climber. You’ll learn mountaineering skills as you use a harness and rope to reach the summit of Mt. Crested Butte.
Hiking: Our guides know every inch of the surrounding trails, from mellow meanders through wildflower meadows and lush aspen forests to steep alpine ridgelines and 14ers.
Accommodations and Meals:
The property is a private, eight-cabin retreat open from late May through mid-October. The off-the-grid location deep in Colorado’s Taylor Canyon is the perfect setting for friends, families and corporate groups to unplug and reconnect. Fishing is at the heart of the experience, with a trout pond and a mile stretch of semi-private river steps from the cabins, and the Gunnison River minutes away for float trips. The surrounding mountains offer rugged single track and scenic hiking trails, and the on-site, rock climbing wall, archery and hatchet throwing area will make you nostalgic for your Scout days. After a day outdoors, steam and soak in the bathhouse or cozy up in the main lodge with a good book. Evenings take on a campfire vibe with stargazing around the communal fire pit..
Lodging options include two single family homes and six cabins, all with en suite bathrooms and personal steam showers. All of the accommodations feature a rustic décor paired with modern comforts. Some of the options have lofts and all of them are exceedingly comfortable.
Whether you want to play or relax, there are ample choices on-property. Soak in the saltwater pool at the Bathhouse or head to the game cabin for late-night billiards. An elevated BBQ and fire pit area is the go-to spot for after dinner drinks. With its old hickory chairs, leather furnishings and roaring fireplace, the horseshoe-shaped bar in the main lodge is the ideal spot to swap fish tales.
Breakfast includes local bread, fresh fruit, house-made pastries, granola, smoothies and juices, and a daily specialty breakfast item. Lunch is served at the property or in the field depending on guests’ preference. You can have a different dining experience every night by choosing either from the seasonal menu, creating a custom dish, or cooking for friends and family side-by-side with Chef Diego. Bartenders pair wines with each course for dinner. Pre-arrival, the Eleven team works with each guest to ensure they know your food preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions. Snacks are always on hand in Yeti coolers or minibars throughout the property.
2020 Rate: $1,700 per cabin per night, based on double occupancy
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided activities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all gear necessary for activities, use of lodge bikes on property, roundtrip airport transfers to Gunnison Airport.
Not Included: Airfare, fishing license, gratuities.
Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout
Season: late May - mid October
Capacity: 27 guests
Map: Taylor River Lodge, CO
Time: The time in Colorado is Mountain Daylight Time.