Fishing nirvana is owning a 1.3-mile stretch of the Eagle River. It feels worlds away but is outside your door; it’s just one of the many benefits and amenities of living at Cordillera. Cordillera is one of the few communities that owns a private piece of the river, allowing property owners access to the Eagle River for year-round, world-class fishing, abundant with large rainbow and brown trout. The river parcel also features viewing benches and walking paths. In addition, Cordillera is home to several stocked and managed ponds.
Vail Valley Anglers (VVA) manages Cordillera’s Fishing Program with its industry-endorsed guides. Educational programs, discounts on equipment and merchandise and a variety guide programs are offered.
To obtain a fishing pass for Cordillera waters, property owners need to fill out this form. Upon approval, VVA will schedule an orientation; you can also pick up the current year fishing pass. The orientation class is for property owners to learn safety, rules and regulations and proper fish-handling techniques.
Review 2022 River Parcel and Ponds Rules and Regulations.
The fine print:
CMD-approved anglers are required to book reservations in advance with VVA. Please call 970-926-0900, stop by the shop or book online.
Fishing is free to property owners and their family members (who have completed the one-time, fee-based orientation).
A $150 fee for up to two people is required for a one-time orientation with a VVA guide. Please call VVA to schedule the orientation.
Club at Cordillera members, who are not Cordillera property owners, must pay an annual $750 fee to access the Cordillera River Parcel. Checks should be made out to Cordillera Metro District. They must also complete the one-time orientation with VVA.
The fee for current Fly Fishing pass holders (up to two people) is $250, which includes approximately 3.5 hours of instruction and rod, reel, waders, boots, terminal tackle, flies and drinking water.
VVA is the only guide service allowed to operate on the private river parcel and ponds.
A one-time $150 fee-based orientation with a VVA guide must be completed before an angler can fish the CMD-owned river stretch on his/her own. The orientation is to learn safety, rules and regulations and proper fish-handling techniques. Family members over the age of 18 who want to fish the CMD-owned river stretch on their own are also required to complete the one-time fee-based orientation with a guide. Family members include: spouses, children, step children, grandchildren, step grandchildren, parents and stepparents.
Cordillera has four ponds accessible for fishing (Upper Bearden, Lower Bearden, Red Draw and Grenada Glen complete with a picnic area and dry dock). Each pond is stocked every spring with brown and rainbow trout. Vail Valley Anglers oversees the execution of the stocking and maintains the health of the ponds and their inhabitants. Fishable ponds are available to all Cordillera property owners and accompanied guests; guests who are not with an owner will be asked to leave. The Grenada Glen Pond offers a picnic area for Cordillera property owners’ enjoyment.
As a reminder, there is no ice fishing or ice skating on any of the ponds. They are aerated throughout the year and do not freeze.