9 Grand Adventures in Grand County, Colorado

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Leaning up against Rocky Mountain National Park's west side, Grand County, home to Winter Park Mountain Resort and Grand Lake, offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities without the crowds most ski towns have. It’s authentic Colorado at its best. Tip: Head here mid-week to take advantage of great lodging deals.

Thrilling Adventures

1. Get ready to hoot and holler as you ride Colorado’s longest alpine slide at the base area of Winter Park Resort. (www.winterparkresort.com)

The alpine slide at Winter Park. 

Courtesy of Grand County Tourism Board

2. Experience the state’s first summer tubing hill at the YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch west of Tabernash. (snowmountainranch.org)

The summer tubing hill at YMCA Snow Mountain. 

Courtesy of Grand County Tourism Board

3. Experienced bikers should head to the county’s two bike parks, including Trestle Bike Park, one of the top bike parks in the country, at Winter Park Resort. (snowmountainranch.org)

Mountain biking in Winter Park. 

Grant Ordelheide

Nature Adventures

4. Hike one of the valley’s 600 miles of trails. A great family friendly hike is the 2.5-mile Waterfall Trail at Snow Mountain Ranch. The 8.8-mile round-trip hike up 12,804-foot Byers Peak near Fraser is outstanding for experienced hikers.

A family hiking in Grand County, Colorado. 

Courtesy of Grand County Chamber of Commerce

5. Drive the gorgeous Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway that starts in Grand Lake and ends in State Bridge. 

6. See granite peaks and wildflower-filled meadows by horseback at Sombrero Ranches at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, in the park (www.sombrero.com) or the Rusty Spurr Ranch in Kremmling. (www.rustyspurr.com)

Horseback rides at Sombrero Ranch. 

Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies

Water Adventures

7. Rent kayaks or pedal boats and explore Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake.

Paddleboarding on Grand Lake.

Grant Ordelheide

8. Soak in 21 mineral pools at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa in the heart of the oldest town in Grand County—Hot Sulphur Springs. (hotsulphursprings.com)

The pool at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort.

Grant Ordelheide

9. Raft the Colorado River near Kremmling as it flows by stunning rugged landscapes. (www.kremmlingchamber.com)

Rafting the Colorado River with MAD Adventures. 

Courtesy Kremmling, Colo.

For more information:
Grand County Colorado Tourism Board