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.
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)
2. Experience the state’s first summer tubing hill at the YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch west of Tabernash. (snowmountainranch.org)
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)
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.
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)
7. Rent kayaks or pedal boats and explore Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake.
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)
For more information:
Grand County Colorado Tourism Board