Top 10 Things to Do in Grand County

Grand County, Colorado is well known as the home to Winter Park Resort ski area and attracts skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts from all over.

But it’s a great place to visit in the summer as well, with outdoor activities to appeal to all kinds of adventurers. Here are 10 of our favorites that might help you get started with ideas for your Grand County vacation.

10. Climb a rock.

If you enjoy mountaineering and rock climbing, you’ll find yourself in heaven among the jagged peaks found throughout Grand County on national forest land and in Rocky Mountain National Park. Visit the Park’s website for more information on climbing and mountaineering there.

9.  Ride a horse. 

Take a trail ride for just an hour or so or go for the whole day. There are a number of stables that offer horse rentals for all levels and ages. Or fully immerse yourself into the ranching experience at one of Grand County’s family-friendly dude or guest ranches, such as the CLazy U Ranch north of Granby, for a vacation you’ll never forget.

8.  See a moose.  

Actually, you’ll probably see several, along with deer, elk, coyotes, and all kinds of other wildlife that are abundant in our forests and in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can even stay among them at the YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch. Just remember that no matter how peaceful they look, they are still wild animals and you need to keep a good distance between them and the spot where you’re standing.

7.  Go for a bike ride.  

With more than 600 miles of marked, mapped, and user-friendly mountain bike trails ranging from gentle to steep in Winter Park alone, Grand County is a mecca for the cycling enthusiast and for the whole family. For riders who prefer to hit the road, paved highways spoke out in all directions to provide you with the just the ride you’re looking for. Bring your own bike or rent from a number of shops in the area. The Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for locations and ideas for rides.

6.  Cast a line.

Grand County offers 1,000 miles of streams and rivers, 1,000 acres of mountain lakes, and 15,000 acres of reservoirs for fishing, especially for mackinaw and kokanee salmon and for rainbow, brook, German brown, and cutthroat trout. If you’re a beginner or are looking for some guidance, here at Rocky Mountain Adventures we can provide equipment rental, instruction, and a guide who would love to help you catch “the big one.”

5.  Hit the links.

Four world-class golf courses offer 9 and 18 holes of play in spectacular settings with a variety of amenities depending on the course. You’ll find one in Grand Lake, two in Granby, and the fourth in Winter Park. Visit Golf Grand County for more information on these courses. For a family twist on the game, try playing the disc golf course outside Grand Lake at the Winding River Resort.

4.  Ride the alpine slide.

Take a summertime ride down the mountain on Colorado’s longest alpine slide at the Winter Park Resort. An 11-minute chairlift ride takes you up, then you’ll fly down on a plastic alpine slide equipped with rollers and brakes. Visit the resort’s website for more information on the slide and other fun summer activities.

3.  Play on the water.

Whether you like the speed of a power boat or Jet Ski or prefer the tranquility of a wind-powered sailboat or human-powered canoe, the lakes and reservoirs of Grand County offer opportunities for both at Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand Lake, and Williams Fork Reservoir. Bring your own craft or rent one here. The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce offers lots of information on the marina, boat rentals, and more.

2.  Take a hike.

Trails at all levels of difficulty abound in Grand County. If your family is looking for a leisurely walk to view fields of wildflowers or if you prefer to head into the backcountry for an overnight or two, you’ll find the hike that’s just right for you. You can get some ideas in the Winter Park Guest Guide.

1.  Go whitewater rafting with Mad Adventures!

Our family-friendly trips on the upper Colorado River that can accommodate children as young as four for a half-day, full-day, or two or three days will definitely be something to write home about. Learn more about our Upper Colorado River rafting adventure or our other whitewater rafting trips for the full spectrum of rafting adventures with Mad Adventures.

And those are just our 10 favorites. We’d love to provide you with more, but after thinking of all those great adventures, we have to get outside and play. See you there!

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