Sonnenalp Adventures & Experiences
The Sonnenalp Hotel operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.
Walking & Hiking Tours
Escape the village and experience our beautiful mountain surroundings on a peaceful hike along forest trails and in local open spaces. Our professionally guided walks & hikes are uplifting, informative, surprisingly relaxing and provide just the right amount of challenge for any skill level.
Optional Themes for Nature Walks and Hiking Tours:
Enjoy one of several wildflower hotspots near Vail to take in the colors of summer. Along the way, you’ll learn more about Colorado’s native wildflowers and have extra time to observe and photograph them up close.
Kid - Friendly Family Nature Experience
Engaging children in the wonderland of nature stimulates an irresistible sense of exploration & discovery, stimulates learning & creativity, and helps burn some of that boundless energy! We have trails for all ages, offering rocks & boulders to climb on, meadows to explore, creeks & streams to play in and rugged or smooth terrain to lead you to a memorable destination.
Polaroid cameras will be provided for children ages 5—11 to capture their memories and discoveries.
Be guided through a more mindful visit to nature by connecting with it through all your senses. Experiencing nature in a quieter, more focused way has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve mood, blood pressure, mental clarity and creativity. This immersive outing through beautiful forests, meadows and beside rushing streams is truly therapeutic.
Full Day Destination Hike
For our more experienced guests, we offer full day destination hikes to your choice of an alpine lake or mountain summit with panoramic views. Destination hikes depart by 8:00am and are 6-8 hours in duration, including drive time to/from the trailhead. $150 / person, box lunch included.
Get your heart rate up and burn some calories during a steady & sustained uphill hike. Once the mission is accomplished, enjoy a more leisurely decent with time for sightseeing and photos. The trail, duration and pace is tailored to your desired activity level.
Half or Full Day Scenic Drives & Train Rides
Sit back, relax and take in the sights. Our scenic tours are a great way to experience and learn more about the Eagle & Roaring Fork Valleys. Short walks to viewpoints & overlooks offer wonderful opportunities for roadside photography of lakes, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, mountain vistas and so much more. Or, add on a 2 ½ hour out-and-back scenic train ride near Leadville along the stunning Upper Arkansas Valley!
Scenic Tours start at $100.00