Discover Your Resort Lifestyle in the Rockies
Colorado is widely regarded as the nation’s premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Home to some of the world’s very best ski resorts, tourists come from across the globe for skiing and snowboarding adventures on our powder-packed slopes. In the shadow of the Continental Divide, our alpine lakes and wilderness areas offer excellent hiking, fishing, hunting and nature watching.
The fertile lands of rural Colorado appeal to farmers and ranchers as well. Grand County enjoys VIP access to Colorado’s natural allure, in addition to providing every imaginable comfort and amenity. So, if you’re ready for a change in altitude, stop by United Country – Gingery & Associates in Tabernash.
Grand County affords convenient access to six world-class ski areas. Winter Park Ski Resort is among the most famous. Colorado’s longest continuously operating ski resort, Winter Park boasts more than 3,000 skiable acres with a variety of terrain parks and exciting runs for every skill level. The Village at Winter Park Resort offers fine dining, excellent shopping and first-rate accommodations. The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is also headquartered at Winter Park. Since 1970, the NSCD has worked to create athletic and recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Just 20 miles west of Winter Park, Ski Granby Ranch is a family-friendly ski resort featuring beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. Granby Ranch offers easy lift access, gladed skiing and a dynamic terrain park. Imagine the alpine adventure of Winter Park minus the crowds. For your added convenience, all trails begin and end at the base. Groomed trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well.
Scenic Sites and Activities
Good times don’t melt away with the coming of summer. Places like Winter Park and Granby Ranch still attract hikers, mountain bikers and golfing enthusiasts, eager to take advantage of the perfect weather and spectacular scenery. Originating in Grand County, the Colorado River promises a thrilling journey for kayaking and rafting aficionados. Winter Park also hosts the Blues From the Top Music Festival. This annual summer celebration showcases the very best blues acts from across the globe.
Rocky Mountain National Park is another destination that beckons to the nature lover. Positioned near the headwaters of the Colorado River, this undisturbed oasis features 300 miles of recreational trails traversing 415 square miles of mountain majesty. Cresting at over 12,000 feet, Trail Ridge Road offers a jaw-dropping vantage point from which to admire this stunning landscape. Whether your passion is backcountry camping, hiking, biking, climbing or horseback riding, you won’t find a more picturesque setting in which to enjoy it.
Of course, winter activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding are also popular. The park contains 156 alpine lakes and countless streams, luring avid anglers from near and far. A variety of trout inhabits the cold waters, including brown, brook, rainbow and cutthroat. Rocky Mountain National Park is also recognized as one of the nation’s top destinations for wildlife viewing. Marvel at herds of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and moose as they patrol the lush meadows and forest.
Lying near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado. Its crystal-clear waters are fed by runoff from high in the mountains. Together with the adjoining reservoirs of Shadow Mountain Lake and Granby Lake, this fishing and water sports paradise is often referred to as the Great Lakes of Colorado. The waters are teeming with kokanee salmon and trophy lake trout, and the smooth surface is ideal for boating, waterskiing and tubing. Fly-fishing opportunities are abundant along the Colorado River as well. If you’re looking for some indoor entertainment, the town of Grand Lake is home to the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. Take in a Broadway musical at the Rocky Mountains’ premier venue for the performing arts.
Adjacent to Grand Lake, Arapaho National Recreation Area affords scenic views and ideal topography for hiking, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Campgrounds are scattered throughout the area, and numerous trails negotiate the landscape. Arapaho also provides direct access to one of the true treasures of the National Forest System, the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park to the north, this sanctuary of natural splendor spans 76,711 acres. Explore it on foot or horseback. Plan a camping trip and immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the wilderness.
In all, Colorado boasts more than 23 million acres of public land, creating a diverse habitat for wild game. Hunters can pursue healthy populations of deer, turkey, elk, moose, pronghorn, mountain lion, bear, mountain goat, all manner of small game and waterfowl.
If you’re looking for a more pampered experience, several dude/guest ranches provide luxury accommodations and year-round activities. Indulge in gourmet meals and rejuvenating spa treatments after a day of horseback riding, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing or snow tubing.
West Grand School District in Kremmling and East Grand School District in Granby serve the needs of area students. Various institutions of higher learning are within easy reach, including the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Minds, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College. Middle Park Medical Center is a critical access hospital system serving patients in Grand County and northern Summit County. A fully integrated, state-of-the-art medical organization, Denver Health is Colorado’s primary safety net institution. Just a little over an hour from Grand County, Denver International Airport is among the world’s largest and busiest airports.