Explore Grand County, Colorado

Never Summer Wilderness accessible from Winter Park-Fraser and Arapaho Bay
Never Summer Wilderness accessible from Winter Park-Fraser and Arapaho Bay

Grand County is the home of the Colorado River headwaters and its scenery is really quite grand. A visitor can spend quite a few days exploring the area. Start at the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park after traversing Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake is a historic Western town with a lot to offer.

The Historic Rapids Lodge was established in 1915, about the same time as Rocky. The Rapids’ scenic location on the banks of the Tonahutu River is spectacular and allows guests to walk into town and to Grand Lake itself, the largest natural lake in Colorado. Accommodations vary from cute cabins to romantic Lodge Guest Rooms and riverfront condos that sleep up to 8 people. Some are pet-friendly! Recreation opportunities in this stunning little town are endless no matter the season. 

US34 South leads to the Arapaho National Forest with snowmobile and ATV trails. In Summer, drive Stillwater Pass to enjoy the vistas and wildlife. Take in Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Lake Granby and Willow Creek Reservoir. If you drive to Arapaho Bay, Monarch Lake with dog-friendly trails awaits at the end of the scenic shoreline road. Explore in any season, there is so much to.

US40 West will take you through mesmerizing scenery along the Colorado River to Hot Sulphur Springs where you can soak in 21 outdoor pools under sun, snow or stars. Ute Indians historically used the springs. Stretches of the Colorado are Gold Medal Waters for fly fishing and Rocky Mountain Outfitters can help you get your prize fish. Don’t miss out on the Hot Sulphur Museum or the famous Candy Store! Kremmling offers unique scenery including some barren, arid, eroded cliffs that are breathtaking in the light of the setting sun.

US40 East gives you the opportunity to explore Granby, enjoy downhill skiing at Granby Ranch or a game of golf. Try hot air ballooning summer or winter with incredible views of the Continental Divide. For youngsters, Granby’s Escape Room will provide exciting entertainment. Next up is Tabernash, a really small town of about 40 residents. Tabernash is an alternative access point to Arapaho National Forest and Never Summer Wilderness areas with great hiking trails and opportunities for winter exploration too.

The Town of Fraser is just before the ski town of Winter Park and is the oldest incorporated town in the lower 48 and offers great shopping and dining! Fraser is surging ahead of its time, moving towards becoming a green city with recycling, energy and design advancements. The Tubing Hills here are fast and fun. The area has so much more to do than just downhill skiing. The Ski Area is open in summer too, there are back country forestry roads to explore, great museums and fascinating history, dog sled rides, ice skating, mountain biking and more.

When you are down this end of Grand County, VisitWinterPark.com will provide you with a wide variety of reasonably priced lodging options in Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash and surrounds. Whether you are looking for a cozy one bedroom or a luxury upscale mountain home, VisitWinterPark.com will provide you with the perfect place to stay. Their motto” A happy guest is the only guest you need to have” says it all.

The South-East part of Grand County is very different from Grand Lake and offers new experiences for any traveler. Don’t just drive through Grand County, stay, explore and play!