River Parcel & Pond Management

Cordillera is one of a few communities in the West owning a piece of private river heaven. This gives Cordillera property owners access to 1.3 miles along the Eagle River for year-round, world-class fishing in pristine water, abundant with large rainbow and brown trout. The river parcel also features viewing benches and walking paths. In addition, Cordillera is home to several beautifully stocked and managed ponds: Upper Bearden, Lower Bearden and Grenada Glen complete with a picnic area.

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. 

Cordillera River/Pond Regulations

  • All fishing is with flies and single, barbless hooks, only.
  • No bait fishing permitted on either ponds or river.
  • All caught fish must be released immediately.
  • A valid State of Colorado Fishing License is required to fish the river.
  • One-time, fee-based orientation class required for river fly fishing.
  • Reservations are required for river beats and made through VVA.
  • Only half day morning or afternoon reservations are available.
  • No more than two anglers are permitted in each river beat (one of whom must be a Cordillera Property Owners Association (CPOA) member or a family member of a property owner.)
  • Guests unaccompanied by a CPOA member must use an VVA guide.
  • Ponds remain open daily as long as there is no ice. 
  • Reservations are not required for fishing at the ponds.


Parking areas with signage are on Red Canyon Road and access trails are clearly marked. Immediately refer all trespassing issues to Cordillera Metro District Public Safety at 970-926-2335.


Anglers are required to book reservations in advance with VVA from January 1 through December 31 by calling 970-476-FISH (3474) or 970-845-8090. In both instances, let the booking party know you are a Cordillera property owner or guest so they may keep their database updated. During the summer season, VVA is open seven days a week from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. in the summer (May 1-Sept 30) and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter (October 1-April 30). Reservations may be booked up to 10 days in advance by property owners. Prior to departure for a river outing, property owners can pick up passes, sign releases and find out what flies are working at Vail Valley Anglers in Edwards, Colorado.

Fishing Reaches/Beats

River reaches/beats are designated one through six. All reaches/beats are open in the morning until 12:00 p.m. and re-open in the afternoon after 3:00 p.m. 


Required one-time fee-based orientation with VVA guide must be completed before an angler can fish the CMD-owned river stretch on his/her own to learn safety, rules and regulations and proper fish-handling techniques. Family* members over the age of 18 wanting to fish the CMD-owned river stretch on their own are also required to complete the one-time fee-based orientation with guide.
*Family members include spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren, step grandchildren, parents and stepparents.

Bi-Weekly Fishing Update

VVA emails a bi-weekly fishing update from May through September on river issues, fishing conditions and upcoming programs. To receive emails, provide a current email address to VVA. Updated conditions are also available at www.vailvalleyanglers.com.

Reaches/Beats Fees

  • Free for property owners and their family members (who have completed the one-time fee-based orientation).
  • $150 per person (or $200 for two people at the same time) for required one-time orientation with guide.


Guide fees includes approximately 3.5 hours of instruction, rod and reel, waders and boots, terminal tackle, flies and bottled water.
  • $150 per person for property owners or their family members.
  • $200 for two people at the same time.
Guide fees are charged to your credit card at the time of booking unless you prefer paying with cash or check prior to your trip

Free Seminars

A series of free seminars to Cordillera property owners and guests are offered. Seminars last approximately two hours and cover a variety of topics including and introduction to fly fishing classes focusing on basics such as knot tying, rigging, entomology, casting and equipment necessary to get started, and fly fishing classes for kids mainly focusing on having fun and catching fish. Aquatic insects, knots and fishing ethics are also discussed.