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Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a family planning the ultimate Colorado vacation, Grand County makes for a can’t-miss destination.
Being able to reach Grand County from Denver in just over an hour has its advantages. Traveling only 70 miles means less time spent in traffic and more time for fun. If you’re flying into Denver International Airport, you may book one of our shuttles.
Thing to do
Winter Park may be known for skiing, but when it comes to outdoor recreation there is even more to do here in both winter and summer. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will be right at home on the slopes of Winter Park Resort, Ski Granby Ranch as well as Snow Mountain Ranch, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Grand Lake Nordic Center and Arapaho National Forest.
Alternatively, hop aboard a snowmobile, if you have youngsters in tow, a snow scoot is a scaled-down version that’s perfect for learning the ropes. We would be glad to arrange those for you.
Exploring on foot is also easy with the miles of tree-lined routes through the area. Strap on snowshoes for a powdery excursion in the winter, or take to the hundreds of miles of hiking trails to view brilliant foliage come fall and wildflowers in the summer. Pairing your trek with a night at a yurt, hut or campsite is a chance to feel truly intrepid.
Look to the Fraser and Colorado rivers, St. Louis Creek and countless lakes and streams to find a number of fishing holes. Fly-fishing is especially popular, but tours specializing in wade fishing and drift boating can also be arranged. Other on-the-water pursuits include stand-up paddleboarding locally and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. And if seeing the water from above is more your thing, zoom up to 40 miles per hour on a zipline tour. Devil’s Thumb Ranch and YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch have aerial courses to take your breath away.
When to come
Although a year round destination, there are some exciting events one should consider; like the Winter Park Jazz Festival in July. The gathering brings world-class artists for a weekend of music and entertainment at the outdoor amphitheater in Hideaway Park. The summer calendar is packed with musical functions such as Blues From the Top in June, August’s Winter Park Music Festival and the free Odell Summer Concert Series. Throughout the year you’ll also find free fitness classes, beer and wine festivals, rodeos and races.
US Mountain Bike Capital
With trails galore — more than 600 miles of them, in fact — it’s no surprise that Winter Park has been recognized for its superb mountain biking. Along with cross-country singletrack trails, there are also two downhill bike parks that boast everything from beginner routes to double-black-diamond challenges. If you need to rent bikes and gear we would be glad to assist you. Because of the area’s mountain-biking clout, it plays host to various events and races, including the Colorado Freeride Festival in late July.
When the mountains are covered with snow, it doesn’t mean you have to call it quits for the winter. Fat biking is a cold-weather alternative with an ever-growing following. Equipped with a serious pair of tires, these cycles let you pedal over snow-packed trails with relative ease. For a blend of skiing and downhill mountain biking, consider renting a ski bike. Sign up for lessons or a tour and you’ll be navigating the powder in no time.
Through and through a family destination
Put the “play” in “Colorado’s Favorite Playground” with a spectrum of crowd-pleasing things to do. Counted among Winter Park Resort’s summer amenities is an alpine slide — the longest in Colorado — a climbing wall, human maze and putting course. Tubing is another must-do: Head to Snow Mountain Ranch for an all-season hill, plus four additional venues around Winter Park and Fraser in the winter. Sledding and ice skating are classic snowy pastimes, and there’s even a free rink at Cooper Creek Square. To soak in the beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, pick an out-of-the-ordinary tour via dog sled or dogcart, sleigh ride or hayride, hot air balloon or horseback. For information please contact us.