One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit the Vail Valley is the sense of community that is ever present here. This is especially true in Edwards, Colorado, an authentic mountain town just minutes away from the well-known ski resorts of Beaver Creek and Vail. Residents take pride in supporting the community, making it an amazing place to experience for both visitors and locals. With over a hundred nonprofits in the area, it’s easy to see that a strong sense of social responsibility is essential to taking care of these mountain resort towns and their natural resources.
Nonprofit Spotlight: Roundup River Ranch
The Inn at Riverwalk is a proud supporter of Roundup River Ranch, a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by offering free, medically supported camp programs that make campers feel like ordinary kids again. The camp, located on a beautiful ranch 30 minutes from Edwards, provides old-fashioned camp experiences that create joyful memories and lasting friendships. In this special place, kids are not defined by their illnesses. Instead, they can take a vacation from being “a patient” and get back to the playfulness of feeling carefree in a safe environment. Camp is focused on fun, but there is a full team of healthcare professionals to provide medical, physical, and emotional support in addition to a team of chefs that accommodate various dietary needs.
Camp is free for all kids and their families, serving the Rocky Mountain Region. Roundup River Ranch is funded by the generosity of community businesses, like The Inn at Riverwalk, and through the Ranch’s signature events. Their events are as fun as they are fulfilling - and they’re both coming up this month:
Roundup River Ranch Signature Events:
The Bullseye Roundup | Thursday, August 10, 2023, 5:30pm Location: Casteel Creek, Edwards
The Bullseye Roundup is an inaugural event being held at a stunning–and sprawling–457 acre mountain property outside of Edwards. The night’s activities kickoff at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 10, 2023. This unique event features a friendly archery competition, cocktails, multiple food stations, and live music in a beautiful alpine setting surrounded by aspen trees and the trickling of forest streams.
A Grateful Harvest | Saturday, August 12, 2023, 5:00pm Location: Camp, 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum
For a foodie who wants to make an impact, A Grateful Harvest is a heart-warming event served with heavenly food and wine pairings. Gather under the lights of the Cookhouse on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 5:00pm and experience camp with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a multi-course dinner from local chefs. Fine dining is enjoyed at camp headquarters. The ranch property sits along the Colorado River, with engaging performances and uplifting stories from campers for an inspiring and memorable evening.
Guests attending either The Bullseye Roundup or A Grateful Harvest receive an exclusive rate at The Inn at Riverwalk.
How To Support Roundup River Ranch
If you can’t make it to one of Roundup River Ranch’s signature events, you can still contribute to the organization year-round. The Inn at Riverwalk makes it easy to show your support. Book a stay in the Roundup River Ranch room and The Inn will donate 20% of the proceeds to the organization. The room is special - much like the camp itself. Decorated with a brightly colored mural, artist Marley Seifert created an outline for the wall art to later be filled in by Roundup River Ranch families and volunteers. The result is a 92”x92” mural that represents the beauty and life-changing adventures that Roundup River Ranch offers.
The Double Queen room sleeps up to 4 guests in two queen-sized featherbed-topped mattresses. Stocked with all the amenities you need for a restful stay, including luxury bath products, blackout curtains, and feather or foam pillow, the river-view corner room is also pet friendly.
Do the Mountains Inn Style
Looking to recreate your own version of summer camp, but without the actual camping and roughing it part? Located close to the adventure, yet away from it all, The Inn at Riverwalk is the perfect place to soak in the mountain air and activities. Hot chocolate, lattes, and herbal tea are available around the clock at the Lavazza Coffee Bar, found in the lobby of The Inn. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening cocktail from your room or condo’s spacious patio with mountain or river views. Alternatively, take a morning stroll along the river behind The Inn and enjoy a moment of zen before an action-packed day.
The toughest part about visiting the mountains is deciding what to do. With easy access to local hiking and biking trails, along with rafting, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, golf, pickleball, spas, shopping, and live music, the Vail Valley is the ultimate playground for those who want to make the most of summer. Luckily, Edwards is centrally located in the Vail Valley, making it easy to plan multiple excursions in one day. Guests at The Inn have full access to the complimentary Gear Garage, stocked with games and gear for cozy nights in and adventurous days spent outside. Cap off your day around the outdoor fire pit and settle into comfortable rooms with plush bedding.
Whether you attend an event at Roundup River Ranch or want to fill your days with camp-inspired activities, The Inn at Riverwalk’s peaceful vibes paired with modern amenities allows you to experience the mountains in style. No matter where your adventures lead to, experience a vacation that lets you be you.