Winter Park / Fraser Valley Activities
Enjoy high-altitude golf at the following golf courses: Pole Creek Golf Club
, SolVista Golf Club
, Grand Elk Ranch & Club
, and Grand Lake Golf Course
The Fraser Valley offers approximately 600 miles of interconnected, mapped and unmapped maintained trails. Twelve full-service retail and rental shops satisfy bikers' equipment needs. Mountain bikers of all abilities can join the guided Community Ride for men and women on Thursdays, which meets at Beavers Sports Shop in Winter Park and begins at 6 p.m. sharp. The weekly Ladies Ride meets at King's Crossing shopping plaza on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. and is an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to ride together.
Four campgrounds (Byers Peak, St. Louis Creek, Robber's Roost and Idlewild) are operated by the Lions Club on National Forest land. Reservations are not accepted.
Hiking and Backpacking:
The valley is home to some of the most scenic hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains. Day and overnight hikes to the surrounding peaks of the Arapaho National Forest and Continental Divide are easily accessible. Trail maps and overnight permits are available through the U.S. Forest Service at (970) 887-4100.
High Country Stampede Rodeo:
This outdoor rodeo attracts cowboys and cowgirls from around the Rocky Mountain region every Saturday night from July 5-Aug. 26 at the John Work Arena in Fraser. The evening begins with a western-style barbecue at 5:30 p.m.
Options include rafting on the Colorado, Eagle, Clear Creek and Arkansas Rivers (full and half days available), hot air ballooning, horseback riding and guided fly-fishing tours.
The area is rich with history - from the Ute Indians to the settlers who arrived with the logging and railroad industries. The Fraser Visitor Center and Cozens Ranch Museum offer a glimpse into the characters, events and industries that shaped this valley.
Summer is the time for bargains in the Fraser Valley. Local shops hold sidewalk sales throughout the summer months to close-out winter clothing and equipment and the latest in summer equipment and apparel. Gift and specialty shops offer a wide variety of mountain souvenirs.
GRAND COUNTY ACTIVITIES
Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest:
One million acres of National Forest land in Grand County is open for biking, fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping and boating along the Continental Divide.
This summer resort community is home to the world's highest yacht club, Colorado's largest natural lake, and the Grand Lake Golf Course. The town is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Three Lakes District that includes Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake.
Rocky Mountain National Park:
One of the nation's most popular national parks due to its dramatic scenery and abundance of wildlife including moose, elk, mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Motorists can travel U.S. Highway 34 from Granby, to Grand Lake and Trail Ridge Road, which is the nation's highest continuously paved highway.
Downtown Winter Park is located two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Winter Park Resort. More than 40 restaurants and bars, a movie theater, shops, day spas, recreational activities and other services are available.
Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 3236
Winter Park, Colorado 80482
(toll free U.S. and Canada) (800) 903-7275
(local and international) (970) 726-4118