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My first snowmobiling trip with Nova Guides!

Incredible. There are very few words to describe the awe inspiring beauty and experience that the Top of the Rockies Snowmobile Tour at Nova Guides provides. If you’re looking for an awe inspiring activity in Vail, look no further. Beginning at historic Camp Hale, our tour began at 9,200 feet at a spectacularly grand, yet rustic 6,000 sq ft log cabin with a double sided roaring fireplace. As we walked through the vaulted ceilings and French double doors, the initial view of the Colorado Wilderness is a sight to see. Tall deep green pine and white barked aspen trees flanked a vast open field, where the 10th Mountain Division trained during World War II. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide walked us out to rows of brand new, gleaming Ski-Doo snowmobiles and instructed us on safety and the history of Camp…

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Nova Guides!

Thanksgiving in the Mountains with Nova Guides! The leaves have fallen, the majestic Rocky Mountains shimmer with a fresh layer of pure white  sparkling snow and as we gear up for a busy winter season we find ourselves taking a moment to reflect on the awe inspiring beauty that surrounds us here at Camp Hale. We’ll be snowmobiling It is the beginning of the Holiday Season and with it being Thanksgiving week, it is only natural to pause and consider what is important to each one of us and how lucky we are to live in the Mountains of Colorado.   Thanksgiving means something different to each and everyone of us.  To some, it is simply an excuse to take a day off of the normal day to day tasks and appreciate where you are.  To others, it’s a day…

Continental Divide

Continental Divide The continental divide is located right up the road from our lodge at Historic Camp Hale.  The continental divide also known as the Great Divide is an imaginary line that runs vertically through the United States, Canada and Alaska; it is 3,100 miles!  It travels through the Sierra Madre Occidental range in Mexico, then through the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. On the West side of the divide all the streams, rivers, and snowmelt will flow to the Pacific Ocean and to the east it will flow into the Atlantic Ocean.  If you stand with one foot east of the divide and one foot west of divide and spit on each side your spit will eventually be in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; not many people can say the split in two different oceans on…

Aspen Trees and Fall Colors

  Nova Guides and McAllisters Grill is located right in the heart of the Pando Valley at Camp Hale. The Eagle River runs through the Pando Valley making it the perfect habitat for Aspen trees.  Aspen trees typically like to live in higher elevations, with plenty of moisture and sunshine. The Pando Valley is the perfect environment for the trees, as our abundant snowfall makes for plenty of moisture. As fall approaches with the shorter, warmer days and cooler nights, the Aspens are turning magnificent yellow, orange and red colors. Aspen leaves appear to be green, because of they contain chlorophyll.  The chlorophyll helps in the photosynthesis process to turn sunlight into sugars. The trees then store the sugars for nutrient during the winter months.  However; in the fall months the carotenoids and anthocyanins become more present in the leaves.  Carotenoids make the leafs…

Snowmobile Readiness

Nova Guides leads over 25,000 guests and locals of the Vail Valley and Summit County into the Colorado back country a year. Snowmobiling is rapidly growing in popularity every year, resulting in the increase of the number of people and machines on trails. Snowmobiling and the Colorado back country have many varying conditions and obstacles,…

Camp Hale Weddings & Events: The Shell-Smith Wedding 2015

Saturday July, 18th was the first wedding of the season at Camp Hale. The Shell & Smith families were a great crowd to entertain for the night. I worked hand in hand with Jenny & Nathan to plan their special day. They chose Camp Hale for their wedding because they dreamed of an outdoor wedding…

Mid Summer Whitewater Rafting Update

  Photo by Whitewater Pix Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular recreational activities in central Rockies. Thousands of locals and visitors paddle their way down Colorado’s beautiful rivers every year. With over 31 years of commercial rafting experience, Nova Guides is the choice for the best whitewater rafting in Colorado. Nova Guides is…

Nova Guides Spring Update!

It’s a typical spring for Nova Guides in Camp Hale Colorado. Only a couple days after shutting down snowmobiling for the year due to warm temperatures it starts to dump snow. In an effort to provide daily activities for the Vail Valley and Summit County Nova Guides opened Jeep tours, whitewater rafting, and fly-fishing this…

Nova Guides Snowmobile Safety & Preperation Tips

Nova Guides leads over 25,000 guests and locals of the Vail Valley and Summit County into the Colorado back country a year. Snowmobiling is rapidly growing in popularity every year, resulting in the increase of the number of people and machines on trails. Snowmobiling and the Colorado back country have many varying conditions and obstacles,…

Ride the best snowmobile trails in the central Rockies with Nova Guides.

Nova Guides is located along the National and Historic US Highway 24 and is surrounded by the White River National Forest. The Nova Guides’ lodge rests in the Pando Valley at 9,200 feet in elevation, this is where all snowmobile tours and rentals begin. The winter trail system of the White River National Forest boasts…