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Things to Do from Winter Park to Grand Lake, Colorado and throughout Grand County

So Much To Do ... So Little Time ... So Close to Denver!
Only 70 miles from Denver, Grand County is the perfect place to explore during your Colorado vacation. Grand County has over 1,800 square miles of snow-covered wilderness to explore ... but where do you start? Most head for Winter Park and Mary Jane – a world-class high-alpine experience complete with above-treeline skiing and riding as well as challenging moguls, terrain parks and the Superpipe. But some families and novices prefer Ski Granby Ranch, where the trails are more suited to the beginner/intermediate level and the lodge and facilities offer a more intimate experience. 

Grand County visitors may discover other fun winter sports such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or ice fishing. Besides the opportunity to see wildlife, these folks also uncover an element usually lacking in day-to-day life: peace and quiet. Others prefer snowmobiling into the wilderness so they can access more terrain and climb to higher vistas. Tubing and ice skating are also great family activities that put some pink on the cheeks and leave a big smile.

Looking for something to do at night or when monster snowstorms hit? Try bowling, movies, full-moon adventures and shopping, or go for a swim, jacuzzi or workout at the Grand Park Community Rec Center. Check out our guide and plan your days and nights in Grand County so you don’t leave regretting the things you could have done!

Activities are organized by town, so click on the town below to find Things to Do!

Activities in Winter Park, Colorado

Beavers Sports Shop:
Beavers Shops ShopBeavers Sports Shop is Winter Park’s largest locally owned ski/snowboard rental shops. Four locations to best meet your needs, including 3 locations in Winter Park and one at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies. Quality equipment for every ability. See their coupon for a discount on ski/snowboard rentals. Located next to the Best Western Hotel in downtown Winter Park. They also offer bike sales, rentals and service.
Services: Tuning and Repair, Equipment Sales and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Snowboards, Skis, Poles, Demos, Boots, Helmets, Clothing, Youth Gear; Summer Rentals: Mountain/Road Bike Rentals
winterparkskirental.com • 970.887.2554
Beavers Sports Shop at Best Western: 78665 Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482 << Get Directions >>
Beavers Sports Shop at Beaver Village Lodge: 79303 Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482
Beavers Sports Shop-Ski4less at Winter Park Mtn Lodge: 81699 Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482

Christy SportsChristy Sports:
Christy Sports is an outdoor store with full-service ski shop – sales, rentals and repair and a knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find the best equipment for your ability level. Located on the ground level in Cooper Creek Square.
Services: Tuning and Repair, Rentals and Demos
Equipment Rentals Available: Skis, Snowboards, and Boots, Helmets, Youth Gear, Ice Skates; Summer Rentals: Bikes, Helmets
christysports.com • 970.726.8873
78930 Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482 << Get Directions >>

Cooper Creek SquareCooper Creek Square:
Cooper Creek Square offers a quaint pedestrian mall with an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. There is a small ice skating rink at Cooper Creek Square between the parking lot and garage. They also host events with music and shows. Plus Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 4-7pm, every Saturday, November 30th through March 29th.
Activities: Ice Skating, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
coopercreeksquare.com • 970.726.8891
47 Cooper Creek Way, Winter Park, CO 80482 << Get Directions >>

Epic Mountain Sports:
Epic Mountain SportsYou can book ski and snowboard rentals online and save 20%! You can also rent demos, snowshoes, clothing and helmets. Boards tuned and waxed overnight!
Services: Tuning and Repair, Equipment Sales and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Snowboards, Skis, Poles, Demos, Boots, Helmets, Snowshoes, Clothing, Youth Gear; Summer Rentals: Bikes (Front Suspension, Hybrids, Groovy Cruisers), Kids Bikes, Trailers, Trail-a-bikes, Helmets
epicmountainsports.com • 970.726.2868
78941 Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO 80482

Grand AdventuresGrand Adventures:
Snowmobile with Grand Adventures, and “Ride The Divide” where tours top out at 12,000’ with views of the entire Winter Park ski area and Fraser Valley. Guided tours and unguided rentals are available in Winter Park (the Continental Divide Tour), Fraser, and Grand Lake. Tours leave straight from the location, so there is not a long van ride to the trails. They also offer suit rentals and mini-snowmobiles for kids.
Activities: Snowmobile Rentals, Guided Snowmobile Tours, Kids Snowmobiles, Suit Rentals
grandadventures.com • 970.726.9247
79303 US Highway 40, Winter Park, CO 80482 (Unguided Only) << Get Directions >>
81699 US Highway 40 (WP Mtn Lodge), Winter Park, CO (Guided Only) << Get Directions >>

The Village at Winter Park ResortWinter Park Resort:
Winter Park Resort offers convenient retail locations, restaurant and cafeteria dining, slopeside lodging, and fun activities. The Village activities include Tubing, Ice Skating with Disco Skate Nights, Kid's Night Out, Free Mini Rail Jam, Free S'mores by the Fire
Activities: Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding, Lessons, Competitions, Snowshoeing, Guided Tours, Ice Skating, Tubing
Services: Tuning and Repair, Equipment Sales and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Snowboards, Skis, Poles, Demos, Boots, Helmets, Clothing, Youth Gear, Snowshoes, Ski Bikes; Summer Rentals: Mountain Bike Rentals
winterparkresort.com • 970.726.1564
85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, CO 80482 << Get Directions >>

Activities in Fraser, Colorado

Colorado Adventure ParkColorado Adventure Park:
Colorado Adventure Park is Grand County's fastest, largest and safest tubing hill. They offer Tubing, Double Tubing and Snow Scoots. Single Tubing or Double Tubing are popular activities for families. Perfect for kids that don’t want to ride alone or the ultimate speed adventure for adults. Take the magic carpet back to the top! They also have free sledding for kids under 3.
Activities: Tubing, Sledding, Snow Scoots
coloradoadventurepark.com • 970.726.5779
566 CR 721, Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Dog Sled Rides of Winter ParkDog Sled Rides of Winter Park:
Everyone will be bragging about this adventure for a long time! Take a dog sled ride or tour the kennel. In the summer or when trails are dry, go for a cart ride or scooter ride. Enjoy fun guides, fabulous dogs and stunning scenery. Reservations are required.
Activities: Dog Sled Rides, Cart Rides, Scooter Rides, Kennel Tours
dogsledridesofwinterpark.com • 970.726.8326
1410 CR 5, Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Fraser Valley RecFraser Valley Sports Complex:
A 40 acre park just outside of Fraser at County Road 5, the FVSC is home to an NHL sized, partially enclosed ice rink known as "The IceBox." During the summer season, they have three softball / baseball diamonds, portable bleachers and concrete dugouts; and a little league field. There are two soccer fields, outdoor basketball goals, a sand volleyball court, a picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills. All are available for public use as well as private rentals.
Activities: Ice Hockey, Ice Skating; Summer Activities: Softball, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Picnic Areas
fraservalleyrec.org • 970.726.5919
220 Country Road 514, Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Grand AdventuresGrand Adventures:
Snowmobile with Grand Adventures, and “Ride The Divide” where tours top out at 12,000’ with views of the entire Winter Park ski area and Fraser Valley. Guided tours and unguided rentals are available in Winter Park (the Continental Divide Tour), Fraser, and Grand Lake. Tours leave straight from the location, so there is not a long van ride to the trails. They also offer suit rentals and mini-snowmobiles for kids.
Activities: Snowmobile Rentals, Guided Snowmobile Tours, Kids Snowmobiles, Suit Rentals
grandadventures.com • 970.726.9247
The Village at Grand Park, Fraser, CO 80442 (next to Colorado Adventure Park)

Fraser Valley RecGrand Park Community Recreation Center:
The Grand Park Community Recreation Center has a massive pool area with lap lanes, diving boards, a whirlpool, sauna, a shallow area with waterspouts for toddlers, a water slide and lifeguards. Add in state-of-the-art workout and weight rooms, a climbing wall and a gymnastics studio … and you’ll never want to leave.
Activities: Pools, Hot Tub, Sauna, Fitness Rooms, Climbing Wall, Gymnasium (Basketball/Volleyball), Gymnastics Studio, Running/Walking Track, Childcare, Aerobic/Dance/Yoga Studio Rooms, Room Rentals
fraservalleyrec.org • 970.726.8968
1 Main Street (Grand Park), Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Grand Park Nordic Trails:
Cross-country trails go around the Village at Grand Park, starting behind the Grand Park Community Rec Center. About 7 miles of groomed trails are free and open to the public.
Activities: Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
grandparkco.com • 866.495.1726
46 Market Street (Grand Park), Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Icebox Mountain SportsIcebox Mountain Sports:
Icebox Mountain Sports has everything you need for backcountry ventures, telemark skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing, biking, rafting, camping, and climbing. Full rental services with Try It Before You Buy It. Located next to Ace Hardware & Mountain Dawg.
Services: Tuning, Repair and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Telemark, AT, NTN, Skins, Nordic (XC), Kids Packages, Snowshoes, Sled (Chariot), Avalanche Safety Gear; Summer Rentals: Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Kid Bikes and Trailers, Backpacks, Child Carrier Packs, Bear Proof Containers
iceboxmountainsports.com • 970.722.7780
505 Zerex Street, Fraser, CO 80442 << Get Directions >>

Ski BrokerSki Broker Ski & Board Rental
Find knowledgeable staff and great deals on ski and board rentals at The Ski Broker. They will match any competitor's prices!
Services: Tuning and Repair, Equipment Sales and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Snowboards, Skis, Poles, Demos, Boots, Helmets, Snowshoes, Clothing, Youth Gear; Summer Rentals: Mountain Bikes (Front and Full Suspension), Criusers, Tandem, Toddler Trailers, Youth Bikes
wpskibroker.com • 970.726.8882 • 601 South Zerex Street, Fraser, CO 80442 (main store)
1 Meadow Mile Drive, Fraser, CO, 80442 (MeadowRidge store)• 970.726.5450

Activities in Tabernash, Colorado

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa:
Devil's Thumb RanchDevil’s Thumb Ranch offers a variety of activities. Located on 6,000 acres with incredible views, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is great for special events, weddings, corporate retreats or weekend getaways. Enjoy skate and classic cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on over 125K of groomed trails with views of the Continental Divide. Snowshoeing, ice skating and sleigh rides are also available. Visit Zach’s Merchantile for all your outdoor clothing, accessory and equipment needs. After a day on skis indulge at the luxurious spa center.
Activities: Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing, Snowshoeing, Laser Biathlon, Fat Tire Snow Biking, Ice Skating, Horseback Rides, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides; Summer Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Equipment Rentals Available: Nordic (XC) Skis, Snowshoes, Ice Skating, Fat Tire Snow Bikes
devilsthumbranch.com • 970.726.8231
3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478

Activities in Granby, Colorado

Beavers Shops ShopBeavers Sports Shop:
Beavers Sports Shop is Winter Park’s largest locally owned ski/snowboard rental shops. Four locations to best meet your needs, including 3 locations in Winter Park and one in Granby at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies. Quality equipment for every ability. See their coupon to save money on ski/snowboard rentals.
Services: Tuning and Repair, Equipment Sales and Rentals
Equipment Rentals Available: Snowboards, Skis, Poles, Demos, Boots, Helmets, Clothing, Youth Gear; Summer Rentals: Mountain/Road Bike Rentals
winterparkskirental.com • 970.887.2554
Beavers Sports Shop-Snow Mountain Sports onsite at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies: 1344 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446

Power WorldPower World:
Power World plays hard during every season! ATV, dirtbike and snowmobile enthusiasts will love adventuring into Grand County’s vast outdoor playground! Open Tues-Sat, 9am-6pm. Offering gear, sales, rentals, storage, service, parts and repairs.
Activities: Snowmobile, ATV and Dirtbike Equipment (New/Used), Demos, Service, Parts, Storage, Rentals
powerworldsports.com • 970.887.9337
61000 US Hwy 40, Granby, CO 80446 << Get Directions >>

Snow Mountain RanchSnow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies:
Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center has more than 100K of trails for everyone from the first-time cross-country skier or snowshoer to the elite racer, including dog friendly trails and lit night skiing trails. YMCA is made for families, offering sleighrides, tubing and sledding as well as a 25-yard indoor pool with lifeguards.
Activities: Ice Skating, Nordic Center (Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe Trails and Rentals), Sledding and Tubing, Sleigh Rides, Dogsledding, Swimming, Roller Skating; Summer Activities: Zip Lining, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Horseback Rides, Disc Golf Course, Playgrounds, Challenge Courses, Canoeing, Camps
ymcarockies.org • 800.777.9622
1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446

Activities in Grand Lake, Colorado

Grand AdventuresGrand Adventures:
Snowmobile with Grand Adventures, and “Ride The Divide” where tours top out at 12,000’ with views of the entire Winter Park ski area and Fraser Valley. Guided tours and unguided rentals are available in Winter Park (the Continental Divide Tour), Fraser, and Grand Lake. Tours leave straight from the location, so there is not a long van ride to the trails. They also offer suit rentals and mini-snowmobiles for kids.
Activities: Snowmobile Rentals, Guided Snowmobile Tours, Kids Snowmobiles, Suit Rentals
grandadventures.com • 970.726.9247
304 West Portal Road, Grand Lake, CO 80447 << Get Directions >>

Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation DistrictGrand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District:
Grand Lake Metro Rec District is a year-round outdoor destination with Rocky Mountain National Park as its backdrop. Cross-country ski or snowshoe their great dog-friendly trail system and dine at the Sly Fox Restaurant in the clubhouse! In the summer, enjoy the Grand Lake Golf Course.
Activities:
Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sledding, Dog-Friendly Trails, Clubhouse Restaurant; Summer Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf Course, Tennis
grandlakerecreation.com • 970.627.8008
1415 County Road 48, Grand Lake, CO 80447 << Get Directions >>

On the Trail RentalsOn The Trail Rentals:
Take a beginner or advanced tour starting from their location at the base of the Arapaho National Forest (8,900 feet), or rent a snowmobile for your own unguided trip. They also have snowshoe rentals.
Activities: Snowmobile Rentals and Tours; Summer Rentals: ATVs (single or double), Side by Sides, Mountain Bikes, Tag-a-Long Bikes, Kid Trailers, Helmets, Car Racks and Locks
onthetrailrentals.com • 970.627.0171
1447 County Road 491, Grand Lake, CO 80447 << Get Directions >>

Rocky Mountain National Park:
Drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter and enjoy its least crowded season. Adventurous types love alpine and cross-country touring into the backcountry, snowshoeing and winter mountaineering in the rugged beauty of the Park’s mountain terrain. Check out their guided ski tours.
Activities: Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backcountry Touring; Summer Activities: Hiking, Road Biking, Fishing, Camping, Backcountry Camping, Scenic Drive
nps.gov/romo • 970.586.1206
Highway 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447 << Get Directions >>

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