Sage Outdoor Adventures

Vail's Largest Family Owned and Operated Outdoor Recreation Adventure Company!

Sage is a year-round Guide Service based in Vail Colorado. We offer high-end trips on rivers from Class I to Class V. We also operate a 6,000 Acre ranch located in Wolcott and a River Rental Center and River Base located in Dotsero on the Colorado River. In addition to Whitewater Rafting, Sage also offers Side x Side (ATV) Tours, Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, Sporting Clays and Snowmobiling.

We have offices and outposts in Eagle-Vail, Wolcott, Dotsero and Granite. Staff and Guests meet at various locations depending on the activity.

About Sage Outdoor Adventures

Thank you for reaching out to us about possible employment with Sage Outdoor Adventures.  We are excited to talk to you about what we have to offer. We hire people who are genuinely good, happy people. People that love the out-of-doors, that love other people, that are gifted at sharing, and are naturally giving, polite, and mature. We can train you to do the below mentioned jobs, but first, you must meet our personality criteria, naturally.  

Sage Outdoor Adventures is the largest Outdoor Recreation company located in the Vail Valley, yet still family owned and ran like a tight group of good friends.  The company offers Whitewater Rafting, Snowmobiling, Horseback Riding, Side x Side Tours, Sporting Clays, Fly Fishing and most recently a full River Activities Center.

We currently have operations with bases located at Castle Peak Ranch  Dotsero, Granite and Eagle Vail

Sage was founded in 2009 by Darryl and Cole Bangert and although that may make us the new kids on the block there is a bit more to the story.  Daryll was the first commercial rafting guide in Eagle County and the first to run Dowd Chute and Gore Canyon commercially.

Darryl helped to start Timberline Tours then separated to start Eagle River Whitewater in 1973 which eventually merged back with Timberline Tours some years later.  Darryl eventually sold his shares and moved on to start Lakota River Guides in 1996, growing that company to be one of the largest outfitters of the time and later selling it in 2004 in order to spend time working with Cole and helping to manage his World Cup Downhill Bike Racing career.

Guiding  positions are a HEAVILY tipped position.  Guides, especially the most personable ones, tend to generate rather large tips on every single trip.  It has always been customary for guests to tip the guide.

We do pay guides hourly and typically start at $12.00 / Hour and go up for experience and certifications held, such as CDL, Trip Leader Status, Swiftwater Rescue, EMT, WFR, Fishing Expertise, etc.

As a rule of thumb (not a guarantee) most guides tend to average $18 - $25 / Hour when working a trip

Sage Requirements to Work

  • We prefer full time employees. Part time work is difficult for you as an employee, as well as us as shift schedulers, due to the ever changing demand as the tourist season ebbs and flows.

  • Sage is a drug free workplace.

  • All applicants must agree to a Nationwide criminal and driving background check, as well as pass a pre-employment drug screen.

  • Upon hire, all employees must agree to be entered in a random drug/alcohol screening pool for the duration of their employment.

The Employee Experience

The Sage Employee Experience is second to none!  The owners and staff all love what we do and live for the outdoors.  Many of our guides have been with the company for years and consider their coworkers to be a second family.

We work hard when its time to work and still find time to hang out and enjoy the mountain lifestyle we came here for.  When we hire someone we are hoping that relationship lasts for years!

Ideal Candidate

We are seeking highly motivated outdoor enthusiasts.  Applicants should have general knowledge of the position they are applying for but we understand not everyone will have actual guiding experience.  We will train you how to guide and you will gain useful knowledge that you can take with you, your entire life.

We look for fun, friendly, outgoing individuals that truly love being outside and sharing that joy of the outdoors with our guests.

Room and Board

Sage Outdoor Adventures has a house located in Eagle Colorado that guides can share.  The rent is $600 per room.

Employee Perks

Working for Sage will get you Pro Pricing on many types of outdoor gear.  We also offer employee comp trips for family and friends as well as discounted rates.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Vail Valley does have an extensive bus system, however it is recommended that you have a vehicle to get around.

For Fun

Vail is centrally located right smack dab in the middle or Colorado and we are surrounded by thousands of opportunities for fun.  Sage capitalizes on many of the activities available but there is so much more.

Visit the Vail Valley Partnerships website for cool things to do and visit.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume to with a cover letter letting us know what position you are interested in.

If you would like to speak to someone about the possible positions available before you send us your resume please contact Joe Tomasic or Jason Holt at 970-476-3700

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