9 Grand Adventures in Grand County, Colorado

Leaning up against the national park's west side, Grand County offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities without the crowds most ski towns have.
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Leaning up against the national park's west side, Grand County offers unparalleled outdoor opportunities without the crowds most ski towns have.

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. Photo courtesy of Grand County Tourism Board

The alpine slide at Winter Park. 

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. Photo courtesy of Grand County Tourism Board

The summer tubing hill at YMCA Snow Mountain. 

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. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Mountain biking in Winter Park. 

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. Photo courtesy of Grand County Chamber of Commerce

A family hiking in Grand County, Colorado. 

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

Horseback rides at Sombrero Ranch. 

Water Adventures

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

Paddleboarding on Grand Lake. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Paddleboarding on Grand 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)

The pool at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

The pool at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort.

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

Rafting the Colorado River with MAD Adventures. Photo courtesy Kremmling, Colo.

Rafting the Colorado River with MAD Adventures. 

For more information:
Grand County Colorado Tourism Board
VisitGrandCounty.com

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