AJ Brink Outfitters at Sweetwater Lake


Horseback Riding, Trail Rides Hunting 

AJ Brink Outfitters riders on horses on trail ride near Sweetwater, Vail, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Our Trail Rides are Custom Trips into Flat Tops Wilderness Area -- Including a Cave Ride
Our Trail Rides are Custom Trips into Flat Tops Wilderness Area -- Including a Cave Ride -- Between Glenwood Springs and Vail in Sweetwater

GO WESTERN with AJ Brink Outfitters at Sweetwater Lake

Vacation on the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness in the grandeur of the White River National Forest. Sweetwater Lake is surrounded by an unforgettable panorama of nature from mountain tops to streams rushing through meadows.


See why Chicago Gangsters Al Capone and "Diamond Jack" Alterie found solitude horseback riding and fishing in this tranquil and majestic Colorado mountain hideaway.

A.J. BRINK OUTFITTERS: Is based at the Lake offering horseback rides, wilderness pack trips, and winter rides, pony rides, hunting excursions and fishing trips. Exceptional, custom Flat Tops Wilderness horseback rides and pack trips

PONY RIDE: For your youngest cowkids ( 5 and under). A trip around the corral next to our barn.

ONE-HOUR HORSE RIDE: Meander through our ranch pastures to a beautiful overlook of the Lake; the perfect ride for young cowboys and cowgirls.

SUNSET HORSE RIDE: Meander through pastures to see a beautiful sunset overlook of the Lake with hor d'oeuvres and dinner.

CAVE RIDE: Climb above the Lake for a fantastic view and arrive at a Ute Indian cave with authentic petroglyphs.

HALF DAY RIDE: Ascend to higher grazing pastures with panoramic views of the New York mountains and Sawatch Range. Descend through aspen groves, wildflower fields, mad flowing springs while viewing the wildlife along the trail.

FULL-DAY HORSE RIDE: Journey into the high country of the Flat Tops Wilderness for spectacular views of mountains as far away as the Maroon Bells. Observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. Lunch included. OPTIONAL DESTINATIONS: Hack Lake, Turret Meadows, and Sweetwater Creek.

ADVENTURE RIDE: Leave early in the morning and stay in the saddle for our longest ride deep into the Flat Tops Wilderness and return as the sun is setting. Lunch on the trail and dinner at the Chuckwagon are included.

SUMMER PACK TRIP: Two days with one overnight. Ride to our base camp at Sweetwater Creek or Hack Lake. Enjoy everything cooked on an open fire along with Dutch oven baking, a real western adventure!

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE: Add wine, cheese, and a gourmet mountain fruit picnic to any of our rides.

HUNTING -- GUIDED AND DROP CAMP: 5 Day GUIDED HUNT includes daily outings from headquarters, lodging, all meals and game pack out. FULLY EQUIPPED DROP CAMP includes tents, a full kitchen, and other basic camp equipment. Camps are checked every other day to re-supply and pack out game. Each hunter may have two animals packed out. All drop camps are packed in and out on horseback.

AVAILABLE ON-SITE: Numerous trails begin from our Barn. Tour the historic Ute Indian cave on our property and view the pictographs. German Brown Trout along with Kokanee Salmon fishing at the lake and nearby streams.

CAMPSITES: US Forest Service Federal Campground with 6 no hookup sites.

HUMMING BIRDS: Our deck overlooks the Lake and in summer the hummingbirds sing.

We are happy to arrange a float trip on the Colorado River.

PERMITTED BY: US Forest Service Bureau of Land Management, EOE. Outfitters License #370; Licensed, insured. An equal opportunity service provider.

AJ Brink Outfitters at Sweetwater Lake -- Driving Directions

DIRECTIONS: Between Glenwood Springs and Vail. From I-70 take Dotsero exit 133 for 7 miles to Anderson's Camp. Turn west and follow Sweetwater Creek 10 miles.

ADDRESS: 3406 Sweetwater Road, Sweetwater CO 81637

PHONE: 970-524-7344 -- For Current Rates and Availability; To Make Your Reservations: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Seniors. Groups. Firefighters and Police Officers. Military Personnel.



  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Float Fishing. Lake Fishing.
  • Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
  • Boat Rentals: Canoe, Raft, Row, Paddle &/or Motor: On site.
  • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
  • Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.
  • Horse Riding Lessons: On site.
  • Cave Tours: On site.


  • Hunting in Area: On site.
  • Guided Hunts: Yes.
  • Drop Camps: Yes.
  • Private Land Unguided Hunting On-Site: Yes.
  • Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Deer Hunting: Yes.
  • Elk Hunting: Yes.
  • Bear Hunting: Yes.
  • Bighorn Sheep Hunting: Yes.
  • Moose Hunting: Yes.
  • Antelope Hunting: Yes.
  • Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 25, 6, 7, 8,

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