Grand County, Colorado is located in the Rocky Mountains, less than a two-hour drive from Denver. It's a perfect year-round destination for families, couples, and groups. From skiing in the winter to fly fishing and hiking in the summer, Grand County is abound with activities.
There are a handful of towns in Grand County, including Winter Park, Granby, and Fraser. Each of these small mountain communities, which are within 20 miles of each other, offers unique activities and appeal. Explore each town below and start planning the perfect Colorado vacation!
If you're traveling from Denver, Winter Park is the first town you'll reach. While the year-round population is only around one thousand people, Winter Park fills up during the winter and summer seasons. You'll enjoy restaurants, places to shop, nightlife, yoga studios, galleries, and more. Winter Park hosts many events throughout the year, like music festivals, brewery weekends, and a winter carnival.
This classic Colorado mountain town is known for its ski area, Winter Park Resort, which is located just outside of downtown. The ski resort has terrain for both beginners and advanced skiers. Experts love Mary Jane Mountain with its famous mogul runs. In the summer, the resort is home to Colorado's longest alpine slide — perfect for thrill seekers of all ages.
You'll find a variety of vacation rentals in Winter Park, from studio condos to seven-bedroom private homes.
Go five miles past Winter Park on Highway 40, and you'll reach Fraser. If you're looking for quiet, wide open space, Fraser is the place to stay. Several of the area's best restaurants are in Fraser as well. The Fraser River runs past town, and alongside the river runs the Fraser River Trail, which is paved for bikers, runners, and walkers. You can take the trail all the way to Winter Park! Fraser is best known for hundreds of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails for all levels. The two tubing hills are famous for offering endless excitement!
Fraser is an affordable option for those visiting the Winter Area, as it's located just a 10-minute drive away. Many vacation rentals in Fraser are private homes, which are perfect for families or groups.
Around 15 miles past Fraser, you'll be in Granby. This is a real Colorado town just on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Spend your days at Granby Ranch (5 miles from downtown Granby) for skiing in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Other nearby places to visit are Lake Granby or Hot Sulphur Springs.
You'll love Granby's historic downtown — in fact, it has a designated "Colorado Main Street." Enjoy Granby's great restaurants and cafes, and boutiques. Or, pick up groceries from local supermarkets to cook in the comfort of your vacation rental.
Granby lodging ranges from private homes to condominiums in popular complexes like Base Camp One, Mountainside, and The Summit.